Open Day at Moulsecoomb

In case you missed our open day on Saturday 18 June, here’s a quick summary of what went on.

Future freshers and their families attended the university open day at the Moulsecoomb campus. Helping to ensure that the event ran smoothly, more than 150 student ambassadors worked at support desks, cafés and restaurants and as tour guides.

The Mathematics department set up their support desk in the Watts labs, where a group of enthusiastic maths students were ready to answer any questions that next years mathematicians might have.
Maths students on the open day

“The Mathematics department has set up their support desk in the Watts labs, where a group of enthusiastic maths students were ready to answer any questions that next years mathematicians might have. “

All in all, the event was a great success as lots of people came along and found out more about studying maths at Brighton. And our cheery students and staff created a lively atmosphere for everyone.

For anyone not able to make it to the open day, I would recommend booking on to one in the future as the students who have attended in the past have described them as insightful and encouraging.

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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.

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Mathematics
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Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June 2016
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Soapbox science

A scientist from our school left her lab to stand on a soapbox to explain nuclear physics to members of the public and to help eliminate gender inequality in science.

Chantal Nobs, a PhD student at the University of Brighton, was one of 12 women selected to participate in the Soapbox Science London event on London’s Southbank.
Her session ‘Nuclear physics: Exploring the centre of the atom and harnessing its potential’ involved discussing her work and her experiences as a female scientist.

Chantal said she was impressed with the reaction from members of the public. One said: “Now, not only do I know what it means, but I know that women can do it.”


The key aim was to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile and challenging the public’s view of women in science. In addition to sharing their research with the general public, all 12 women became role-models for future generations.

Chantal said: “Although I was incredibly nervous before stepping onto my soapbox I thoroughly enjoyed the hour-long session. As soon as I had introduced myself, out of no-where, a full crowd had formed around me. A complete mixture of young and old, male and female, some who knew all about nuclear physics, and some who had never heard of a nucleus.

“The best part of the event for me was the variety of questions asked, everything from ‘how did you get into nuclear physics’ to ‘how do we know whether we have created a nucleus if we cannot see it’.”

Watch video highlights from Chantal’s talk here