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Building confidence, skills and a business at Brighton

Electronic and Computer Engineering student Shuvechchha is already putting her business ideas into action and plans to continue building on them after graduation. We caught up with her to find out about her studies and her business.

I came to an open day at Brighton and liked that engineering here is really hands-on. We do a lot of practical work and you learn so much from it. I enjoy working like this, we still learn the theory, but because I’m doing engineering I wanted to focus on skills. Knowing how things work and making them work are different things.

My lecturers have been really open. They encourage you a lot – they won’t give you the answer in the first place but support you to try ideas out. Things won’t be perfect every time, you need to learn from your mistakes. It’s a good learning process.

My project supervisor Deshinder Singh Gill helped me set up my current project working with the Formula Student team. It’s amazing to be involved in it. My project involves designing a sensor network to go in the car so the team can collect data about the design and what is happening during the race. I’m using existing sensors and making them work together to get the data I require. For example, how the suspension reacts while the car is being raced and using the data to inform the design of the next years car.

I’d really like to go to Silverstone with the team. I’m quite competitive, so I’d like us to win! It’s like the robot wars project we did in our second year, that was a highlight for me. We worked in groups, I was the only electrical engineer in ours and I designed the speed controller for our robot. We came second out of about 20 groups – but I would have liked to have come first!

It was amazing fun. And working in a group with people from other fields is important as that’s how you’ll work when you graduate. It can be frustrating but you can learn a lot – such as there are multiple ideas for solving one problem and you have discussions to work out the best idea and go with that.

STEM subjects have so much to offer. I like that I can see how what I’m developing and working on now might look in five years’ time. I’m working on a business idea and was lucky enough to win the Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition which has given me some funding to take my business forward.

BeePurple, the university’s entrepreneurship support service, have helped me a lot. I used to go to their events and approached them about my business idea. I am building a chat interface that can attach to the university’s website, that makes it easier for students to apply during clearing if they don’t always feel comfortable talking on the phone. They helped me identify the steps I needed to take, identified mentors, suggested I apply to the competition and helped me practice my pitch. They are really supportive.

I want to take this idea and do it! One of the judges is helping me with setting the business up and thinking about things like branding. And I’m currently working on a minimum viable product (mvp).

Applying to and studying at Brighton has been a personal experience. I studied at high school in Hastings through a Pestalozzi scholarship and came to an open day at Brighton. When I started I wasn’t confident in being an engineer, but at Brighton I have learned a lot and built my confidence, and am learning new skills.

Brighton is cool, it’s fun and is more diverse than I imagined. I have made a really good group of friends here. They are really encouraging and really smart. We’re mostly on the same course and hang out a lot and understand the same stresses. I’m from Nepal and my friends have also educated me in British slang!

My advice is apply! Get involved in different things, reach out and create opportunities.

How engineering is helping Joshua take his business forward

Final year Aeronautical Engineering BEng(Hons) student Joshua Gere tells us why he chose Brighton and how he is taking forward his business idea with his company DroneAvion.com

The open day definitely made me choose Brighton. I went to a few different ones then came here. It was more than a regular open day, the lecturers really gave us their time. It showed how supportive lecturers are here and how approachable they are for students.

At the open day I spent a lot of time talking to Dr Daniel Coren about what I wanted to do. He could see how passionate I am about the subject, was really interested in my business idea, and gave me some good insight into life at Brighton. I knew I wanted to come here and went home and cancelled all my other university applications.

Lecturers go the extra mile to assist you. Like anything in life, as long as you are trying something, if you ask for help they can guide you with their expertise and technical knowledge. They can help you find ways to expand your ideas and see things differently to help you achieve what you want to achieve. Read More

Clearing the way for prospective students

A University of Brighton student has won a £1,500 prize for her technological innovation that could help support the university clearing process.

BEng (Hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering student Shuvechchha Ghimire was the winner of the Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition, launched by the University’s entrepreneurship support service Beepurple.

She was presented with the cash prize – which will enable her to further develop her business idea – at a ceremony at 68 Middle Street, Brighton. Read More

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Brighton students take to zero gravity

Our team of engineering students successfully tested their trailblazing technology in zero-gravity conditions in Bordeaux.

PHP Cubed – Georgie Crewdson, Tom Critchley, Matteo Pontecorvo, Liam Ardagh and Alex Evans – were one of only two student teams to travel to Bordeaux as part of the European Space Agency’s ‘Fly Your Thesis!’ competition.

The team’s experiments took place on a on a specially modified zero-gravity Airbus A310 flight at Novespace, a subsidiary of the French National Centre for Space Studies.

This parabolic flight allows researchers to interact with their experiments in a weightless environment, simulating the conditions of outer space.

Throughout the week the graduates tested their novel passive heat management system, scaled down for a nanosatellite application. This system enables sensitive components to be cooled and temperatures to be managed without the need for a power supply or moving parts – a crucial factor in reducing weight and size in nanosatellites that can weigh as little as one kilogram. Read More

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Improving the lives of autistic people

A University of Brighton student has won a £1300 grant to develop a project that provides support and guidance for autistic young people.

Software Engineering student Mark Blake received the Unltd ‘Do It Award’, the prize money of which will go towards funding his initiative The Autism League.

The Autism League is a collaboration between writers, filmmakers, photographers, social media talent and activists with the objective of improving the lives of those on the autistic spectrum.

Over the next year, Mark will cooperate with other autistic students to create content which will be hosted on The Autism League website: https://autismleague.com. Read More

Students cross finish line at Silverstone

Our Brighton Racing Motors team placed in the top 20 of an international contest at Silverstone to mark the culmination of a year spent designing and building a racing car.

The team, made up of engineering undergraduate students  participated in the IMechE Formula Student competition at the world-renowned race circuit.

After progressing through five days of ‘scrutineering’ and testing, Brighton Racing Motors were selected to take part in the prestigious Endurance race – a first for the University.

Around 140 teams from around the world signed up to enter the race, only 81 made it to Silverstone with a completed car, and just 25 made it to the final event. 

Brighton Racing Motors were ranked 18thin the Endurance race and 57thin the competition overall.  Read More

Silverstone in sight after Santander support

Engineering students’ dream of building a car to compete at Silverstone was boosted by a £5000 cheque from Santander.

The University’s Brighton Racing Motors Formula Student team was presented with the generous funding by Holly Price from Santander Universities, the project’s principal supporter, at the students’ engineering exhibition at the Advanced Engineering Centre.

The money will contribute towards the construction of a Formula Student car that will compete at Silverstone in July. Engineering students have been designing and building the car throughout the academic year as part of their undergraduate study.

Daniel Coren, Formula Student Coordinator, said: “The support and encouragement we have received from Holly Price at Santander has had a massive impact on our Formula Student activities, enabling us to build the first University of Brighton student car to compete at Silverstone motor circuit.

“With this increased level of support we are aiming to build a new, improved car incorporating added lightness, practical wisdom and many lessons learnt through practice-based engineering project work.

“The team has been uplifted by this new support and we’re all working flat-out to convert this into a fully functional car in time for the competition at Silverstone in July.”

Holly Price said: “Our partnership with the University of Brighton provides opportunities for students to foster entrepreneurship and employability and our renewed support to Brighton Racing Motors is a great example of that. 

“It was great to meet the 2019 team and understand the difference our contribution will make to their Formula Student journey and preparation for the innovative competition. In addition to technical skills, the students will acquire management, marketing and people skills – so vital across all sectors of employment.

“We hope our support to the team will ultimately improve the students’ chances of securing a job when they leave university and give them an ideal opportunity to learn new skills and showcase their talent.”

Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational engineering competition. It aims to develop young engineers and encourage young people to take up a career in engineering.

Each year, Formula Student sees over 100 university teams from around the globe travel to Silverstone to compete in static and dynamic events. 

For more information about Brighton Racing Motors, click here​​.

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Engineering students hit new heights in Belgium

Engineering students from the University of Brighton have been learning valuable skills at the European Space Agency Academy’s Training and Learning Facilities in Belgium.

The five students, who are studying either Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering masters degrees, spent four days at ESEC-Galaxia in Redu, Belgium, in preparation to test their cutting-edge technology in zero-gravity in Bordeaux, France in the Autumn.

During their time in Belgium, the students – whose project team name is PHP Cubed – have gained insights from industry experts and taken part in space-based activities including walking on the surface of the ‘moon’ via a virtual reality headset. Read More