Robots, zero gravity and surfing

I knew I wanted to study some form engineering since my favourite subjects at school and college were physics and maths. After visiting the Eastbourne Air Show and seeing some of the aircraft, including the Euro Fighter Typhoon, I decided that I’d love to study aeronautical engineering.

I visited some universities that offered aeronautical engineering but found that most of their courses were very theoretical based. However, I found that Brighton’s engineering department had a good balance of theory and practical work! The projects such as building robots interested me and after seeing the workshops we had access to in order to build them, I decided to choose Brighton.

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Innovative speakers to inspire our students

Four inspirational speakers have been in to talk to our engineering students recently.

Speakers from the global companies, Ricardo and Thales UK plus entrepreneurs Mike Jay (Myklops) and Steve Ransom (Brighter Bikes) provided inspiration for future careers and workplace journeys came to talk to final year and postgraduate engineering students. The visitors, all local to the Sussex area, were invited by the engineering department’s Principal Lecturer Richard Morris.

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Zero G!

The demand for engineers is greater than ever and it’s a fascinating field to get into. I chose Mechanical Engineering as it’s the most diverse course you can do and from that you can go into any aspect of engineering, and practically any technical job.

The most interesting aspects of the Mechanical Engineering MEng course are the different rage of modules we study. From Advanced Computation Fluid Dynamics to Engineering Business Management, the range of skills we are taught are very exciting and contribute to an extensive skillset to take into the working world.

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Students’ ground-breaking project set for zero gravity

Five Engineering students from the University of Brighton have been selected as one of just two teams across Europe to take their ground-breaking project into zero gravity.

The members of the team, PHP Cubed, are all undertaking masters degrees in either Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering. Georgie Crewdson, Tom Critchley, Matteo Pontecorvo, Liam Ardagh and Alex Evans will participate in the flight programme Fly Your Thesis! in Autumn 2019.

The students will be given the opportunity to test their project in a zero-gravity environment aboard an aircraft in Bordeaux, France, that simulates the weightlessness of outer space.

Last month PHP Cubed presented their work at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk in the Netherlands, along with five other teams from Poland, Germany and Italy.

Each team presented their experiment ideas to the selection board, with PHP Cubed and Grain Power, 3D-Printing from Germany making it through to the flight programme next year. The board based its final decision on the feasibility, safety, scientific value and educational value.

In January, the students will spend a week at the European Space Agency’s training facility ESEC-Galaxia in Belgium where they will learn skills such as project management, outreach and communication, system engineering principles, space science and other issues that will help them progress their project. They will then be in a position to fly their experiment in Autumn 2019 after having spent the year developing their project from scratch.

Mechanical Engineering MEng student Georgie Crewdson, part of PHP Cubed, said: “The main thing I will take from this experiment is the fact we will have flown in zero-gravity.

“The scientific value of the project is huge, and the data we collect may change the way we design nanosatellites and contribute to the innovation of space tech design.

“Our experiment will also provide a legacy for future students to build upon and innovate even further.”

Aeronautical Engineering MEng student Tom Critchley, another member of Cubed PHP, said: “We are all incredibly excited to start working on building our project now that we know we have made it through. The opportunity to experience and perform research in zero-gravity is a once in a lifetime experience which I cannot wait for.”

PHP Cubed are currently fundraising through the University of Brighton’s Springboard initiative, to raise money for materials for their innovative experiment. To donate to the project, visit: https://bit.ly/2FbA1DK

Mark Gallagher

Welcome to Mark Gallagher’s guest lecture

We are delighted to have Mark Gallagher as a guest lecturer here on 1st November.

Mark is a well-respected public speaker who provides keynote speeches and presentations on a range of business topics relating to his experiences gained whilst working in senior management roles within Formula One auto racing over the last 30 years.

Today he is co-commentator and Formula One analyst for the BBC in the UK as well as founder and CEO of Performance Insights.

Mark is renowned as an insightful, informative and highly entertaining speaker, and will be staying after his lecture to chat to guests.

Everyone is welcome, the venue is Huxley 300, 7pm.

Explore your options through Clearing

Good luck to everyone receiving exam results this week!

If you’ve had a change of heart about what you want do next, or your exams have gone differently from what you expected, Clearing is an opportunity to assess your options and explore the possibilities. 

If you need help navigating your way through the Clearing process, check out our handy guide. Or call us on 01273 644000, we can help. 

You can also book on to our Clearing visit day at Moulsecoomb campus, where you’ll be studying, on  Wednesday 18 and Saturday 22 August. It’s a chance to look around and consider your next step. There’s a welcome talk and introduction, tour of the campus, advice about accommodation and student support and you will meet some of our academic staff in a Q&A.

Everyone who is looking to study with us in 2018 is welcome to attend. Course availability does change quickly in Clearing so if you’re not holding an offer get in touch first to confirm there is space on the course you are interested in before making travel arrangements.

Find out more and book your place here.

Hands-on science for Brighton students

Young people with an interest in science and engineering can learn how to turn their passion into a career at a science fair in Brighton tomorrow (11 July).

Big Bang @ Brighton will take place at the University of Brighton and organisers are promising “an exciting, colourful and noisy event” aimed at encouraging more students to pursue further studies and potential careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Organised by STEM Sussex, the University of Brighton’s STEM outreach department, the event is funded by the Sussex Learning Network’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a four-year programme aimed at encouraging more young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, into higher education.

Big Bang @ Brighton will feature a range of hands-on activities, workshops and shows provided by many local companies, universities and colleges and other organisations, highlighting the STEM-related opportunities available to young people in the area. Read More

How Summer School shaped Kyra’s future

When Kyra Fleming attended the University of Brighton’s summer school a few years ago, she had little idea what her future held.

Now she’s a second year engineering student at the university and thriving in an environment she finds stimulating and rewarding.

“Looking back, it changed my whole outlook on what I wanted to do with my future,” said Kyra of her experience at the summer school. “It really did open my eyes.”

Kyra participated in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) sessions at the school. From today until Friday, schoolchildren will take part in workshops and lectures in STEM, social sciences, healthcare and humanities. Read More