Norman Moles on snow covered hill

Brighton researchers to help industrial mineral venture in Scottish Highlands

Dr Norman Moles, who for twenty years has been a geology lecturer at the University of Brighton, has secured substantial funding from Enterprise UK to appoint a University of Brighton-based research associate to assist a company extracting a mineral resource in central Scotland.

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Air quality station with Dr Kevin Wyche

Coronavirus ‘shifting the balance of chemistry’ in the air

Fewer cars on the streets and planes in the sky may be reducing some harmful pollutants – but it’s possibly increasing the levels of others, according to the University of Brighton’s Dr Kevin Wyche.Dr Kevin Wyche

Amidst speculation the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a ‘green recovery’, Dr Wyche, Principal Lecturer in Atmospheric Science, says data from the university’s Advanced Air Quality research station proves the situation is a lot more complicated than that.

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How Jacqueline switched from tube train driver to top scientist

A Brighton graduate who started work life as a tube train driver has been made a Fellow of one of the world’s most prestigious science programmes.

Jacqueline Campbell graduated with an Earth and Ocean Sciences degree from the University of Brighton’s School of Environment and Technology in 2016 and later won a PhD studentship at UCL where she is studying planetary science.

She has now been appointed one of just 22 Fellows on the Schmidt Science Fellows programme which aims “to give the world’s best aspiring scientific minds a broader perspective, the ability to engage in an interdisciplinary way, and the opportunity to make a lasting impact in society”. It encourages emerging scientists to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges and to become “scientific and societal thought leaders and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries”. Read More

donated safety equipment

University donates safety equipment to NHS Trusts

The University of Brighton has donated face visors, half face respirators, safety glasses, disposable gloves, aprons, hand sanitizer to healthcare providers throughout Sussex.

Dr James Ebdon, Head of the university’s Environment and Public Health Research and Enterprise Group, said: “This was the result of an urgent request, and we didn’t hesitate to respond. This is a national emergency and it is important that we do what we can to help – wherever and however possible.”

Scientists and staff in the university’s School of Environment and Technology (SET) and the Schools of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science (PABS), joined forces to draw up an inventory of key supplies prior to the period of lockdown and so were swift to respond when the requests started arriving.

Dr Ebdon said: “Getting this equipment dispatched to three separate local NHS Trusts was a collective effort by our technical staff including Magda Grove, Pete Lyons, Jack Barker (from SET) and Cinzia Dedi, Bertie Berterelli, Joe Hawthorne (from PABS) and Kirsty Smallbone (Head of the Schools of Environment and Technology and Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science).

Kirsty said: “This was a great effort and I want to thank everyone concerned. We want to help the NHS as much as we can.”

Karolina with MP Greg Clark

Climate change will flush more plastics into the sea

Global warming and the resulting increase in flooding is expected to send more microplastic pollution into the sea, according to research at the University of Brighton.

Rivers deliver more microplastics into the oceans than any other source and Karolina Skalska, PhD researcher in the University’s Centre for Aquatic Environments, is investigating which flow rates will produce the most pollution.

She said: “It is very important that we understand this process as it is predicted that, due to climate change, we can expect floods of greater frequency and magnitude. This could result in a large increase to the amount of microplastics that enter the seas and pose a risk to the already vulnerable ecosystems.”

Karolina’s research was presented to MPs at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Britain finals at Westminster, a contest which aims to “raise the profile of Britain’s early-stage researchers”. Read More

Dr James Ebdon accepts the award on behalf of Professor Huw Taylor

An honour for Professor Huw Taylor

The first winners of the Professor Huw Taylor Prize – named in honour of the late Emeritus Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of Brighton – were announced at a ceremony in Vienna.

The prize, which recognises ‘exceptional scientific contribution to provide water or sanitation solutions in emergency and developing settings’, was launched at the International Water Association’s 20th biannual Health-Related Water Microbiology (HRWM) symposium.

There were two winners of the inaugural award: Professor Taylor himself – in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the health-related water microbiology science field and to the HRWM specialist group – and Imperial College London research student Laura Braun.

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Rising sea levels threaten the South East

Rising sea levels and extreme weather events (storm surges, intense rainfall) are threatening to overwhelm coastal defences in the UK, according to research at the University of Brighton.

Dr Ward recently was interviewed for a BBC South East ‘Inside Out’ programme which focused on the threat to homes close to cliffs at Cuckmere Haven near Seaford.

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Explore your options through Clearing

Good luck to everyone getting their A-Level results today!

If it doesn’t go to plan or you’ve had a change of heart about what you want do next, Clearing is a chance to change direction and make new plans.

If you need help navigating your way through the Clearing process, check out our handy online guide and see which courses you can still apply for. You can also call our Clearing hotline on 01273 644000 which is open now, and has extended hours from 7am to 7pm on results day.

If you’ve not yet visited the University of Brighton we have Clearing open days on Saturday 17th and Tuesday 20th August. You’ll be able to take a tour of the campus where you will be studying, get advice about accommodation, take part in a Q&A with academic staff and chat to students. Find out more about visiting us.

If you’re navigating big choices and big changes, we say: stay curious, explore, and trust yourself. The best journeys don’t always follow a map.

 

Geology student rocks the judges

University of Brighton student Mary Harrow has received national recognition for her hard work and commitment to geology studies.

The second-year Geology BSc(Hons) student was one of only ten university students from around the country to receive an Institute of Quarrying (IQ) National Students Award.

The geologists-of-the-future were nominated by their universities for their “continuous hard work and passion towards their course, as well as demonstrating strong potential for a successful career in the mineral extractives industry”.

Winners received certificates acknowledging their achievement plus two years free student membership of IQ. Read More