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

Inspiring a new generation of engineers and racing drivers

Schoolchildren channelled their inner Lewis Hamilton by racing two electric cars at Goodwood Motor Circuit.

The students built the vehicles themselves at the University of Brighton’s Formula 24 Saturday Club, which has been running since January at the University’s new Advanced Engineering Building.

Thirty local school pupils between 11 and 16 were tutored by academics from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics with additional help from student ambassadors.

Johanna Harris, Outreach Coordinator at the University’s Moulsecoomb campus, ran the club. She said the schoolchildren picked up valuable skills since starting the course in January: “They have learnt about aerodynamics, automotive and mechanical engineering and experienced working in the university alongside current students.

“Huge thanks go to our amazing student ambassadors and engineering technicians who worked so hard to inspire a future generation of budding engineers and racing drivers.

“We can’t wait to do it all again next year.” Read More

Try out teaching on a paid summer internship. Apply by 13 May.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust in partnership with the University of Brighton is offering paid internships in four Sussex secondary schools for 4-weeks this summer. This opportunity could help you gain valuable experience teaching maths or physics if you are considering teaching as a career. 

As an intern you will be paid £300 a week and you can apply for this opportunity if you are in the penultimate year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject undergraduate degree. 

Activities may include working with experienced teachers on planning, shadowing and lesson observations; helping plan and deliver lessons; running projects and master classes for pupils and providing small group support for pupils.

The internship offers: 

  • Hands on experience in a school for 4-weeks from mid-June to mid-July 2018
  • The opportunity to earn while you learn. You will be paid £300 a week
  • Full support from a dedicated mentor and support from subject teacher in your school
  • The chance to experience mathematics or physics teaching before you commit to it as a career.

To find out more and apply by 13 May visit: www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/internship

It’s Back to the Future for Ray

Raymond (Ray) Jones has come back to the University of Brighton – 60 years after graduating.

The 81-year-old contacted the University out of the blue and the Students’ Union responded by inviting him for a day’s tour of the campuses during which Raymond declared: “My years in Brighton were the best of my life.”

Ray graduated from what was then Brighton Technical College near The Level in 1958 with a Diploma in Engineering, and OND in Mechanical Engineering and a First Class Intermediate and Second Class Final City and Guilds Machine Shop Engineering.

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Fantastic final year projects

Our final year engineering students did a fantastic job showing industry, lecturers, fellow students and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris their final year projects at the Engineering Project Exhibition today. Their knowledge and enthusiasm shone through as they talked through cross-discipline projects, such as Team Kestrel’s project and individual work with pride.

Well done everyone!

Graduate helps dinosaurs make a comeback

A University of Brighton graduate has helped bring dinosaurs ‘back to life’ in China.

Vaios Panagiotou, awarded a Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)degree, has spent the last four years building and maintaining life-sized robotic dinosaurs which move and roar to packed crowds at Beijing’s National Stadium.

His first job was building robotic animals for the Chinese calendar but the dinosaurs were by far his biggest challenge: “These giant moveable robots took two years to design and construct are the largest dinosaur robots in the world.

“The timescale was very short and we had to succeed on our first attempt. For years my life was nothing but work. But we did it – and in my view it was nothing short of a miracle.”

Hundreds of artists, engineers and technicians from China and abroad were drafted in for the project which was led by Oscar winning American director David Ebner. Vaios, originally from Greece, was chief designer of the robots and headed teams from China and Europe.

Vaios said he’s staying on in Beijing for the time being – but has fond memories of his time at the University: “My tutors trusted my capabilities – I hope they’re proud of their old student.”

Find more information about the dinosaur display here

Engineering Project Exhibition Wednesday 18 April

 

PEDThe advanced-level work undertaken by our final year students be showcased at the  Engineering Project Exhibition on Wednesday 18 April in the Advanced Engineering Building Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4GJ.

Each student will present their work on a poster, and will welcome the opportunity to answer questions and provide clarification on their projects.

Many projects are industry or research-based and cover a wide range of disciplines, ranging through all aspects of automotive, aeronautical, mechanical and manufacturing, electrical and electronic engineering and design.

 

 

Celebrating International Women's Day 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. The varied and diverse career journeys illustrate the huge range of talent that we welcome at the University of Brighton.

Dr Konstantina Vogiatzaki – safeguarding our energy future
Dr Konstantina VogiatzakiDr Konstantina Vogiatzaki’s research seeks to unlock the physics and push the manifold operating limits of our modern energy systems in order to increase their efficiency, regulate their fuel consumption and minimise their harmful emissions.

An insight into engineering at Brighton

Prianka Sabharwal, BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering gives us an insight into life as an engineering student at Brighton and the amazing experience taking part in Formula Student offers.

Good luck to Pria and the Brighton Racing Motors team who will be racing their car at Silverstone this weekend as part of the Formula Student competition. Check by here to find out how they got on.

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