National award for our school

A commitment to promote the careers of women has won the University of Brighton’s School of Environment and Technology (SET) a national award.

SET has received a Bronze Award from the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter which was established in 2005 to encourage efforts to advance women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

A Silver Award was achieved by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), run jointly by the universities of Brighton and Sussex. The awards are valid for four years during which both schools will implement a robust action plan to progress gender equality in their schools. The schools join the University of Brighton’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science in holding a school level Athena SWAN award.

Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, is Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group and is University of Brighton’s Gender Equality Champion.  She said: “We are very proud that both SET and BSMS have been formally recognised for their commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze and Silver awards respectively.

“The awards are a tribute to the hard work of the many staff in putting strategies in place to support gender equality, and the genuine institutional commitment to this endeavour.” Read More

Volunteers Required: Experiencing Nature in the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere Reserve (updated version)

The University of Brighton is currently looking for volunteers for a pilot case study of people who love nature and are currently living in the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere Reserve (BLDBR).

This study will investigate love for nature as expressed by different types of people living in Brighton and Hove, Lewes, Newhaven, Shoreham, Southwick and Telscombe.
The study investigates why urban citizens get involved in nature based activities (e.g. hiking, wild swimming, kayaking, fishing, cycling, gardening etc.) and why they decide to live and work in these towns.

We are also interested in speaking with a range of actors involved in the management of the BLDBR. Please see details on the flyer for more information.

If you want to know more about the Biopshere Reserve: see links below.

https://www.thelivingcoast.org.uk

https://biophilicurbanism572295449.wordpress.com

Adora Udechukwu

MPhil./Ph.D. Candidate

University of Brighton

School of Environment and Technology

Cockcroft Building Rm 607

 

Environmental Sciences opens up a world of opportunity

Environmental Sciences BSc(Hons) graduate Karen Bowles tells us why choosing the University of Brighton was one of the best decisions she has made, and where her career has taken her since she graduated.

Studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Brighton has been the best decision I’ve made.  As someone who is curious and wasn’t entirely sure of what field to choose, I loved that I could tailor my degree to fit my interests by keeping my module choices broad enough to explore different areas but still focused enough so that I was not completely lost in chasing a topic purely because it sounded interesting. This combined with passionate lecturers who are always keen to help, not only with coursework but also discussing career aspirations, made me feel less anxious about the future and motivated to build my career.

There were many opportunities to develop the technical and transferable skills I needed for the job market; by the time I graduated I had done fieldwork in four different countries, could work within a multidisciplinary team, was comfortable conducting my own research and working in laboratories, and even had the chance to work with Dr Raymond Ward on his research project (I enjoyed this so much that I did my dissertation on a similar topic). Apart from these, I developed a variety of soft skills, especially through a community development module I took on my second year, where I worked as a social marketing assistant at the University’s C-Change Campaign to improve the halls of residence recycling scheme.  Read More

Ecosystems are being degraded at an alarming rate

Professor Andrew Church, Professor of Geography and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), was part of the global team of 50 environmental experts who launched four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services that cover the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, as well as Europe and Central Asia

Over the last week the four assessments were presented by the expert teams to representatives of 127 governments and were approved on 23 March at the plenary session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in Medellin, Colombia.

Over the last three years Read More

“Natural Flood Management – Understanding the complex processes involved”

Testing piping and erosion processes in managed realignment sites through a newly designed apparatus – Dr Heidi Burgess and  Florence Van Vaerenbergh

Managed realignment is a relatively new scheme of coastal defence, aiming to use natural environments to protect our coastlines and reduce the maintenance cost of hard defences. Research so far has focused on vegetation development and sediment transport processes to assess the success of given schemes at reproducing an intertidal habitat. There is however very little information on the impact of exposing a previously protected ground to tidal cycles on the erosion processes and the formation of drainage channels through piping.

For my final year project, I am using an entirely new apparatus which is based on previous Read More

Come and visit us this winter

It might be cold outside but don’t let that stop you visiting us this winter!

If you’re considering starting an undergraduate course here in 2018, why not sign up to one of our campus tours taking place during December and January and find out more about what it’s like study at Brighton?

The tours will give you the chance to explore the campus where your course of interest is based, view our facilities and talk to our staff and students.

Find out more and book onto a tour <link to: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/visit-us/campus-tours/index.aspx>

My placement at Johnson & Johnson

Shane Voight
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

“As a Sustainability Coordinator with Johnson & Johnson each day is very varied. I can be developing presentations and business proposals for my next big project, walking around the site doing building audits, or doing a roadshow talking to people about sustainability, recycling, and environmental initiatives. I have developed a huge amount over the year. My biggest achievement has been leading and managing Energy Week, which involved communicating to Johnson & Johnson staff the importance of environmental initiatives. My placement has been an enjoyable experience and I’ve had great support from my team and made great friendships with the other placement students.”

It’s time to take air pollution seriously

The air monitoring station (LtoR) Kevin Wyche Kirsty Smallbone Keith Taylor and Debra Humphris

Our Vice-Chancellor has called on the Government to take more notice of evidence pointing to an air pollution crisis facing the planet.
Professor Debra Humphris was commenting after scientists from our school presented new research showing how society was facing a “public health timebomb”.
They told how air pollution is linked to 50,000 premature deaths in the UK every year, 9,400 in London and 430,000 in the EU as a whole, through heart disease, asthma, and even dementia.
Lead researchers, Dr Kirsty Smallbone, Head of the School of Environment and Technology, and lecturer Dr Kevin Wyche, are studying ultra-fine particles which can pass through the lung alveoli and contaminate organs including the brain.
Their data comes from the university’s state-of-the-art £250,000 advanced air pollution monitoring station based at its campus in Falmer and funded by the EU’s Interreg IVB NWE programme and the University of Brighton as part of the Joint Air Quality Initiative (JOAQUIN, www.cleanerairbetterhealth). Read More