Biosciences at Brighton

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Well done Riccardo

Congratulations to Riccardo Terzi for winning the highest number of votes from his peers for the best journal Club presentation for the academic year.  Riccardo gave his talk on a pore-forming toxin implicated in enterocolitis in foals, which is the topic of his MRes project.  Riccardo is with working on a project supervised by Simon…

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Parakeets flocking to Europe

Parakeets were once a rare site in Europe but new research co-led by the University of Brighton shows there are now as many as 85,000 across the continent – and the numbers are increasing all the time. In fact, the non-native Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is now a common site in many parts of the…

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Smart on Sugar

We are the first university in the country to launch a campaign to cut sugar consumption – and are being backed by Jamie Oliver. The renowned chef, who launched the Sugar Smart drive, has sent staff and students a message of support as the university joins with Brighton & Hove City Council in its Sugar…

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Inspirational South Africa

Renee Mcalister , 2nd year Ecology BSc(Hons), was inspired by the fieldtrip to South Africa. Here’s a taster of her experience on the trip. I found the South Africa trip life changing on many levels; educationally, emotionally and intellectually. The beautiful intensity of the work served to underpin the concrete learning experience. There have not been many…

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Enter your final year project into the Quorom prize scheme

If your final year, undergraduate project used Scanning Electron Microscopy you are eligible to enter this year’s Quorom prize scheme. There are three x £200 final year undergraduate prizes available. The prizes will be awarded in recognition of the three most commendable undergraduate final year projects that have included the use of electron microscopy. If…

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New research will benefit patients

Scientists at the University of Brighton are playing an integral role in developing a new early warning system that tells patients and carers when urinary catheters are infected and at risk of blocking. Urinary catheters are the most commonly used medical devices, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide every year. Many of these will be…

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Stay Curious

The beginning of university can be daunting. A fresh start is filled with unknown possibilities which makes it exciting but also nerve-racking. My university experience began in the middle of September as I thought it best to give myself a good month to move out and settle into a new city. Unfortunately, I was unable…

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South Africa field trip 2016 – days 11 and 12

The last two days were dedicated to personal projects where students collected data to answer their own research question. This year studies ranged from the effects of burning on plant biodiversity to behavioural observations of Rhino. This is another great opportunity to put into practice the skills learned during the taught sessions, but also to…

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South Africa field trip 2016 – Day 9

After 9 days of intensive field work, students were rewarded with a game drive in Pilanesberg National Park. Year on year the objectives are to spot most of the BIG FIVE. This year was a good one with elephant, lion and rhino spotted by everyone. Other sightings included crocodile, hippo, flamingos and Kori bustard.

South Africa field trip 2016

This year 24 second year students flew to South Africa with Dr Anja Rott, Dr Rachel White and Dr Neil Crooks to take part in the Biology Field trip.  All students shared a common interest for wildlife conservation and the great outdoors! During 12 days at Mankwe Game reserve, near Pilanesberg National Park, students improved…

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