Opportunities and experience at Brighton

After taking a gap year I was excited to start my degree at Brighton. The course structure offered more opportunities for practical learning compared to other universities and the opportunity to spend a year In Industry working for the MoD gave me a chance to find out what I was really Interested in.  My industry placement helped me narrow down my options for my future career after graduation

I would highly recommend taking the opportunity of a year in industry as it helped me discover which aspects of engineering I am truly interested in. The course tutors encourage students to take these opportunities as students come back for their third year with experience that they might not get at university and often achieve a first-class classification. This has proved to be the case for me and most of the other “year-in-industry” students.

The freedom to choose my own third year dissertation allowed me to extend my technical background from mechanical into aeronautical engineering. This was a very challenging process, but I was able to learn a lot from this experience and acquire new skills which a predetermined project may not have offered. Read More

The rewards of learning engineering and a language at Brighton

I always wanted to be an engineer, since I was a kid. I also wanted to experience life abroad to broaden my horizons and learn a language. Studying here at the university was the best way to achieve my goals.

I was very excited and proud to come to the University of Brighton, I am the first one in my family ever to study abroad. When I got here it was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be for several reasons, such as the language barrier and the slightly different culture but at the same time it was also more interesting and rewarding since I learnt and achieved a lot more than I thought I would.

The course in Aeronautical Engineering benefits from the support and expertise of experienced lecturers and leading industry experts in specific fields. Furthermore, the course is very practical, unlike many other similar courses. This makes it more challenging but gives the possibility of acquiring practical skills that are highly in demand in industry.

Both the teaching and the support staff are amazing, Read More

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

Rolls Royce flying visit

Automotive Engineering graduate, Lyndon Roberts, made a brief but brilliant visit to the University of Brighton in a Rolls Royce ‘Dawn’ yesterday morning. Lyndon is a liaison engineer for Rolls Royce and is currently being sponsored for his MSc Automotive Electronics masters here at Brighton. He showed off the £300k state of the art convertible before leaving Syed Rezwan (below) in charge…



Rising star collects award

Dr Frank Browne, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics PhD graduate, was presented with the Institute of Physics (IOP) Nuclear Physics Group Early Career Award 2016 at the recent IOP conference in Birmingham.

Dr Browne gave a talk about his winning research on ‘The lifetimes of the first excited 2+ states in neutron-rich Zr-104, 106’.

Soon after graduating from the university last summer he landed a research job at the RIKEN research institute in Japan, renowned for recently discovering a new element, nihonium.

Dr Browne, 29, said he “loved” studying in Brighton but equally loves working in Japan: “I am at the same facility where I carried out the experimental work of my PhD. It’s the world’s premiere nuclear physics research facility and, as such, it is where some of the big breakthroughs in the field are happening, being a part of that is really exciting.”

Rising star wins national award

A rising star in the field of nuclear physics has won a national award – and a job at the world’s top nuclear research centre.

University of Brighton PhD graduate Dr Frank Browne has received the ‘Nuclear Physics Early Career Award’ from the Institute of Physics (IOP). And soon after graduating from the university last summer he landed a research job at the RIKEN research institute in Japan, renowned for recently discovering a new element, nihonium.

Dr Browne, 29, won £250 and the opportunity to present his work at the IOP nuclear physics annual conference at the University of Birmingham, starting 3 April.

He explained his research: “The popular image of the atomic nucleus is that of a jumble of protons and neutrons (collectively known as nucleons) arranged in a spherical shape at the centre of the atom. However, in reality the nucleons are arranged in well-defined shells, much like the electrons are in atoms. The arrangement of these shells can cause the nucleus to take on different shapes.

“In a nutshell, through the application of an array of novel radiation detectors developed by the universities of Brighton and Surrey, I was able to measure how much like a rugby ball some unstable nuclei looked like. This measurement paves the way for more robust theoretical descriptions of how the protons and neutrons behave in the nuclear medium. It also validates this novel technique for future experiments at next-generation accelerator facilities.”

Dr Browne, from Norfolk, said he “loved” studying in Brighton but equally loves working in Japan: “I am at the same facility where I carried out the experimental work of my PhD. It’s the world’s premiere nuclear physics research facility and, as such, it is where some of the big breakthroughs in the field are happening, being a part of that is really exciting.”

Dr Browne is a current recipient of a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers, one of just 120 awarded from more than 1,200 applicants. And from March next year he will take up his position as a Special Postdoctoral Researcher at RIKEN.

Dr Browne’s supervisor, Professor Alison Bruce, the university’s Professor of Physics, said: “The level of Frank’s achievement is recognised by him being awarded two prestigious fellowships at the world renowned Riken facility.

“I have enjoyed watching him develop from a tentative new PhD student to his current position where he is defining his own research programme using state-of-the-art world class research facilities.”

For information on related courses at the University of Brighton click here and for more information on the university’s nuclear physics research click here.

GROUP PHOTO: Pictured at RIKEN are Dr Browne (right), Professor Bruce (rear) and Dr Oliver Roberts and Dr Cristina Nita, both Research Fellows at the university at the time.

Take a sneaky peak around our brand new Advanced Engineering Building

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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

Train to teach this September

If you have considered training to teach after graduating in a STEM subject this year, this post is for you…

Train to teach and inspire hundreds of young minds along the way. Start your teaching career on a Design and Technology train to teach course this September.

Tax-free bursaries and prestigious scholarships of up to £30,000 are available while you train as a teacher.The department of Education (DfE) website has additional support available to help you get started…

  • Read these five simple steps to get into teaching
  • Register to attend the next DfE online event on 18 July; which provides specific advice for new STEM graduates like you.

Or you can register an interest in our programmes here.

Get up to £30,000 tax-free to Train to Teach a STEM subject

Design-and-Technology-2eenso5_STEM train to teachGood teachers are always in demand but STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at secondary school are particular priorities and attract additional support and higher levels of funding.

The teaching profession is a great way to make your degree, skills and knowledge really count. At the moment, tax-free bursaries and scholarships worth up to £30,000 are being offered to top graduates who choose to train as teachers.

Our teaching courses at Brighton are perfect if you have graduated with an honors degree or equivalent, in a subject relevant to the specialism. Or if you think you may need additional support we also offer subject knowledge enhancement routes (SKE) which you can do ahead of the teaching course.

We offer courses in a number of STEM subject areas including:
Design and Technology

Specialising in a STEM subject at postgraduate level means that you will be able to take a role in the leadership and development of this subject area throughout your career.

You can find out more at the Department of Education (DfE) website.

Or you can register an interest in our programmes here.