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Starting at uni with us in 2023?

We know you’re going to have a brilliant time here and to get your student life off to the best possible start find out all the information you’ll need by visiting the dedicated Starting at Uni pages on the University of Brighton website.

Come along to one of our online events, details of the next one below 👇

Get ready for your course: School of Applied Sciences

Friday 28 July 2023 – 10-11am online
Hear about how you can prepare for your subject and ask any questions to get your studies off to the best start. For students studying: biology, ecology and conservation, biomedical science, geography, and environment, or pharmacy.

Online enrolment

You can enrol from August 21 and we’ll send you an email to remind you.  Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll be able to access My Studies where you’ll find all the information you need to prepare for your course.

Still have questions? Chat to a current student online.

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A taste of student life at our Applied Science and Engineering residential summer school

Our on campus residential summer school is open for applications from year 12 students who are thinking about applying to science and engineering courses at university. Apply now.

The summer is school is a real opportunity to try out what it’s like to study at university, learn and use the facilities on our Moulsecoomb campus and stay on site in student halls.

During the day participants take part in a programme of science and engineering taster lectures and practical sessions run by academics and student ambassadors which could include sessions such as blood typing or a session on fungi in the labs. There are also sessions about applying to university, a student life Q&A, a session from the library team and a talk from Brighton Students Union.

In the evenings there are social activities which could be a trip to the beach, a BBQ or bowling before heading back to the halls of residence. Participants share a student flat in our Moulsecoomb halls, with their own bedroom in a flat with 6-8 students and shared living room/kitchen.

In the evenings there are social activities which could be a trip to the beach, a BBQ or bowling before heading back to the halls of residence. Summer school participants share a student flat in our halls, with their own bedroom in a flat with 6-8 students and shared living room/kitchen.

By the end of the week everyone will have tried out lots different science and engineering sessions, made new friends and have a much idea of what it’s like to move to university!

Applications are open until 31 May. We would love to see you there!

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Get ready for uni – live event 28 April

Our 2023 online get ready events will help you prepare for university and to meet other students that’ll also be joining this year.

Join us for our get ready for your course event to hear about how you can prepare for your subject, and ask any questions, to get your studies off to the best start. For students studying: biological sciences, biomedical science, geography and environment, or pharmacy.

Friday 28 April 2023 at 2-3pm

Click here for details on how to join the session

In this live one-hour MS Teams session one of our senior lecturers will start by delivering a presentation, followed by time for you to answer any questions you might have. The session will highlight what you can expect from studying here, how we will support you to build your skills, what kinds of learning you can expect to benefit from, what a typical week looks like, and how we will support you.

Find out more about all of our upcoming events here

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New research centre puts Brighton at cutting edge of the fight against disease

A new UK hub for the development of new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease has opened its doors at the University of Brighton.

The Centre for Precision Health and Translational Medicine brings together experts from a range of fields including biomedicine, engineering, mathematics, computer science and social science to develop new approaches to healthcare. Using the latest technology and techniques such as genome editing and stem cell modification, the centre aims to advance the delivery of personalised, proactive and predictive healthcare, tailored to the needs of individual patients.  

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Brighton professor draws on the lessons of The Apprentice to win national teaching award

The TV show was an unlikely source of inspiration for Bhavik Patel when he was considering how to boost his students’ employability skills 10 years ago.

Yet the lessons he took from the format have this week contributed to him being announced as a National Teaching Fellow by Advance HE in recognition of his innovative educational practice as Professor of Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry in the University of Brighton’s School of Applied Sciences.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates those in UK higher education who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.

In awarding the fellowship to Professor Patel, Advance HE said: “He is renowned for his work on developing novel educational practices for the delivery of analytical chemistry, and… passionate about enhancing employability skills and understanding the barriers faced by minority ethnic students in higher education.”

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Meet Dr Nadia Terrazzini

Nadia trained at the National Institute for the Study and the Cure of Cancer in Milan (Italy) and has since worked on a variety of immunology research projects spanning from cancer gene therapy to DNA vaccines, to immunosenescence. She is a member of the Centre for Stress and Age-Related Disease (STRAND), the Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Devices  and the Brighton and Sussex Cancer Research Network.

Dr Nadia Terrazzini is the course leader for Biological Sciences BSc(Hons), Biological Sciences MSci and Biological Sciences BSc(Hons) (with integrated foundation year).

The way I like to teach

My professional field of expertise is Immunology and I teach it at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am very passionate about promoting the understanding of Immunology to students, who often find this subject very complex. Enhancing its accessibility is a priority in my work. To foster engagement, I try to introduce an element of fun in my teaching and I strive to keep my lectures student-centred and highly interactive, including everyday analogies (e.g. comparing the working of the immune system to a football match), story-telling and animated PowerPoint diagrams or animations.

I also use online game-based learning platforms such as Kahoot and Nearpod to make complex immunology mechanisms and concepts more approachable and easier to visualise. Students engage with the teaching using their laptop/tablets, so that I can introduce questions, polls and videos, pace the lecture and create breaks that give students time to reflect on the learning and work with peers in small groups. I also include examples of experimental data in my presentations and I design assessments to test the students’ ability to understand and interpret scientific data presented in literature. This supports students’ professional development as scientists and ultimately their employability.

How I involve my students in my research

I lead research investigating host immune responses to infections.  I like to involve undergraduate students in my research projects. For example, thanks to school funding, recently one of my undergraduate students was able to work with me on a summer placement. This offered the student not only the opportunity to develop lab technical abilities (useful for future employment or studies) but also allowed their inclusion in a manuscript (Watkins E. et al. Inflammatory and psychological consequences of chronic high exposure firefighting, under review).

I am a keen ambassador for vaccinations; I have been running national and local surveys with project students to understand believes, hesitancy and barriers to vaccinations. Involving my project students, I am organising a public engagement event in a local community centre.

I have also taken undergraduate students with me to national and international conferences to present their work. For example, I took one of my undergraduate medical students to a conference organised by the British Society for Immunology to present the poster ‘’IL7 Candida albicans sustains the cross-talk between skin and resident T cells’’ (Brighton, Dec 2017).

Find out more about Dr Terrazzini’s research.

We offer a lot of support at Brighton

In Brighton, we aim to make students feel part of a community that supports them while at university and for life, for all aspect of their academic and personal life. We have teams to support and advise on anything from what do when experiencing personal difficulties to careers.  New students are assigned an academic tutor to support their core academic skills. In our school, there is a strong emphasis on the application of science and we train students to put theory into practice using specialist labs and equipment as well as fieldtrips.

We support our teaching with top of the range specialist facilities and we offer training in ecology, microbiology, molecular biology and tissue culture laboratories. Staff are recognised specialists in their subject area; they run practical sessions and design final year projects to involve students in research. This supports enhancing the employability of students and allows for the co-creation of new scientific knowledge.

What I love about teaching

The best thing about teaching undergraduate students is how much I learn myself. While making my lectures up-to-date and engaging, I keep learning new material and new ways to present it. Therefore, teaching my specialist subject area gives me a deeper understanding of topics. I also love when students who initially found Immunology difficult, tell me it is their favourite subject!

My favourite place in Sussex

We are very lucky to live by the sea surrounded by magnificent countryside. I love walking with my dog Honey on the South Downs as much as taking a stroll on the beach. The open spaces, the great views, the sound of the waves relax me and help clear my mind.

The three people (alive or dead) that I’d invite to a dinner party would be…

I would definitely choose to have my mum. I lost her to cancer just a month before graduating and I miss her every day. If this was too much to ask, it would be fun to have a dinner party with a group of three comedians called ‘Il trio’, who were very famous in Italy in the 90s. My brother Sergio and I enjoyed them so much we still repeat some of their sketches, which we know by heart! They are a source of so many inside jokes, my brother would have to be there too. And my mum was the best cook ever. So here you have it: Il trio, my brother, my mum.

Find out more about Dr Terrazzini and the research of our Centre for Stress and Age-Related Disease (STRAND), and our Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Devices and the Brighton and Sussex Cancer Research Network.