Advanced Engineering Buiding – Take a look inside…

Here are the latest images from inside the university’s £14m Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) on the Moulsecoomb campus in Brighton.  

The building, scheduled to open in September this year, will be one of the world’s leading engineering research buildings and will extend the university’s Advanced Engineering Centre which works with a range of engineering companies on innovative research in partnership with the automotive industry to promote vital industrial knowledge-exchange.

The AEB will allow the university to extend its long-term partnership with Ricardo, the Shoreham-based global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy and specialist manufacturer, through a dedicated combustion engine research area designed on the ground floor. There will also becutting-edge engineering workshops to support undergraduate and postgraduate engineering, and specialist teaching facilities.

Professor Debra Humphris, university Vice-Chancellor, joined a tour of the building with colleagues including university governors. She said: “This is an amazing development between our partners Ricardo and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and it was recently recognised by the Wolfson Foundation with an award of £500,000 for specialist equipment.

 

 

 

“The facilities will extend our leading-edge research and education to make an impact in the industry both regionally and globally.

“As a university we are committed to making a real practical difference through our research and partnerships, and the AEB will enhance the quality of our research and the student experience.”

 

 

More PHOTOS by Mike Porter and Daisy O’Neill(third year Photography BA(Hons) course representative).

WATCH how the AEB was built here!

– GROUP PHOTO, TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: NEIL HEARD-WHITE, PROJECT MANAGER AEB;

PROFESSOR ANDREW LLOYD, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE LIFE, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL

SCIENCES; PROFESSOR MORGAN HEIKAL, PROFESSOR OF THERMOFLUIDS; JOHN GILL,

BOARD GOVERNORS; MIKE CLARK, DIRECTOR OF ESTATE AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT.

BOTTOM ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: KELLY SMITH, PLACEMENT STUDENT

AEB GROUNDWORKS; PROFESSOR DEBRA HUMPHRIS, VICE-CHANCELLOR;

JANEY WALKER, DEPUTY CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS; SUE MCHUGH,

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER; GRAHAM LAWRENCE, AEB PROJECT MANAGER

GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION.

Brighton’s Robot Warriors

University of Brighton undergraduate students Katie Henderson and Jodie Nye will be battling it out against fellow contestants in the brand new series of BBC’s Robot Wars.

Katie and Jodie, who are both studying for a BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, are long-standing fans of the show and will be one of the few all-female teams to have taken on the challenge with their robot ‘Ms Nightshade’.

Speaking about her experience Katie said: “It was an honour to represent the University of Brighton and also to promote female engineers. I worked on the design and Jodie and I collaborated on putting our robot together. I knew I wanted our robot to be different and something that had not been seen on the programme before and to be able to defend itself and attack from all angles.

“The biggest challenge was managing our time to meet the deadlines for the project whilst continuing to focus on our courses. We really underestimated the time needed to build and test the robot, but got there in the end.”

Jodie commented: “The whole experience has been incredible. I can’t compare it to anything that I have ever done before. The most valuable thing for me apart from gaining the practical skills from constructing and assembling the robot was the chance to develop presenting and communication skills from appearing on the programme.

“Being part of an all-female team was a real honour. I am so grateful to the University for the support it gave us to make what for me had always been a childhood dream.”

The latest series of Robot Wars starts on BBC 2 on Sunday 5 March.

Pictures credit: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Alan Peebles

Take a sneaky peak around our brand new Advanced Engineering Building

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Bursary success – times two!

Two University of Brighton students are among just 26 in the UK to receive bursaries of up to £4,000.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a new Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme for students on an IET-accredited engineering or technology course.

Winners receive at least £1,000 per academic year and mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s networks.

Bradley Roberts (left) with Jeremy Watson, IET President.

Bradley Roberts, studying for his degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Brighton, said the bursary will help him buy software and books for his course: “Also, to have the resources of IET behind me will give me greater confidence to achieve more.”

His ambition, he said, is to gain his degree and then progress at Spellman High Voltage, the world-leading supplier of precision DC high voltage power supplies, X-ray generators and Monoblock® X-Ray sources for medical, industrial and scientific applications.

Jason Gater with Margaret Manly, Chair of Manly Trust

The second student, Jason Gater, is studying for his Masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He received an IET bursary supported by the Manly Trust which aims to advance the science of engineering.

He said the bursary will help him achieve his goal of becoming a chartered engineer in the power generation industry: “The course I am completing covers a wide range of both electrical and electronic areas. This will be great to gain knowledge in various different areas and I am very much looking forward to completing my final year project.”

Jason said he was first attracted to engineering when he took on a work experience job at the age of 14. He now intends volunteering to spread the word among electricians and apprentices about what the IET is and does.

For more information on related courses at the university click here.

For more information about IET click here.

Major grant for breakthrough research in thermal management

A major research grant worth £900k has been awarded to a project team in the University of Brighton’s Advanced Engineering Centre.

Source: Major grant for breakthrough research in thermal management

Soap Box Science’s first visit to Brighton

Head down to the seafront between 1-4pm on Saturday 29 July and celebrate women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) with Soapbox Science.

Soapbox Science hosts events across the UK and the world raising the profile of women in science – breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes about who a researcher is. And they are coming to Brighton for the first time this summer.
Chantal Nobs, a PhD student at the University of Brighton, was one of 12 women selected to participate in the Soapbox Science London event on London’s Southbank in 2016.

Find out more about the Brighton event here.

Studying and socialising in our nationally recognised building

estates_cockcroft_aw_048The recent, multi-million pound project transforming the Cockcroft building into a state-of-the-art research, teaching and information building has been recognised in the prestigious Green Gown Awards for 2016.

Our university and the architects we worked with Fraser Brown MacKenna were named Finalist in the Built Environment category for what was one of the largest retrofits of an occupied academic building in the UK.

The transformation was described by judges as “an innovative approach integrating architectural, building services and structure design” which unlocked the environmental potential of the 10,500m2 building using the latest technology.

Innovations include an aquifer thermal energy store, potentially reducing energy demand, CO2 emissions and fuel savings. The system stores and recovers thermal energy beneath the ground and provides heating and cooling.

A spokesperson for the awards told the university: “On behalf of the Green Gown Awards Team we wanted to congratulate you on your achievement. Being a Green Gown Awards Finalist is something to be extremely proud of.”

Earlier this year the Cockcroft project won in the Higher Education category of the Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards 2016. Judges called it a bold project and a model for future similar projects. Continue reading

Engineering aspects of Brighton’s British Airways i360 Tower

i360-student-visit_ceWe are hosting an IMechE lecture about new, local landmark the i360 at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22 November, in Lecture Theatre 1, Cockcroft Building.

Dr John Roberts, Chief Engineer of the construction of the i360 on Brighton seafront, will be giving a keynote presentation on the i360. The tower is 162 metres tall and the passenger viewing pod climbs to a height of 138m making it the tallest moving observation tower outside of London.

IMechE members in Sussex and Surrey, students and staff of the universities of Brighton and Sussex are all welcome to come along and find out more about the unique design of the i360 and the engineering challenges faced during its construction.

To book your place please email Keith Upton email: keithupton@tsprofessional.co.uk  or Dal Koshal email: d.koshal@brighton.ac.uk