Professor Sosabowski and Dr Angela MacAdam in the lab

Brighton scientists go back to work

University of Brighton scientists have returned to their labs to make hand sanitizer in “the interests of scientific citizenship”.

They spent a day making more than 20 litres of a handrub formulation recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and said: “As long as we have the resources and the reagents, we can come in and do it again, as required”. Professor Hal Sosabowski, the University’s Professor of Public Understanding of Science, said: “Hand sanitizer is in short supply so we decided to help by filling that gap in the supply chain as best we can. Many frontline NHS staff may struggle to get enough supplies in the middle of this tragedy and that is why we want help even though we know that this is probably a drop in an ocean.” He and colleagues including Dr Angela MacAdam and Dr Matt Ingram in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, first researched production methods from the WHO before the team left their homes. Then it was back to the lab wearing lab coats and safety glasses. They were assisted by Professor Bhavik Patel who advised remotely.

Professor Sosabowski said: “The School have modern, up-to-date labs with the resources, solvents and chemicals required to do such a thing and with the help of our colleagues in (the University’s) Estates Department we were able to gain entry (to the labs), even though we are in lockdown.”

Professor Sosabowski, who has also collected up university eye shields to distribute to GP surgeries, said it was the obvious decision to go back to the labs: “The whole thing about my colleagues is that they’re modest and just want to come in and contribute albeit in this modest way.”

Colleagues, he said, didn’t hesitate: “The ability to contribute something that is tangible has been a relief to all four of us.

“The santizer will be sent to wherever it is needed the most and we have all agreed, we’ll make more if the need arises.”

How online quizzes are boosting student learning

A new online learning resource offering quizzes, theory and visual information is enhancing students’ learning efficiency at the University of Brighton.

A study gave second-year pharmacy students access to the resource and compared results with traditional scripts given as preparation for laboratory classes.

Dr Bhavik Patel, Reader in Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry in the University’s Centre for Stress and Age-Related Diseases, said: “We found the online resource achieved significant success in improving students’ preparation, performance and confidence in practical classes. Read More

Athena SWAN silver award for our school

The university’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science (PABS) has received a Silver Award from Advance HE’s highly-regarded SWAN Charter, which promotes gender equality in the representation, progression and success of staff and students in Higher Education.

The Silver Award was granted in recognition of actions implemented to advance careers of women in science over the past few years.

The School of Applied Social Science, meanwhile, won a Bronze Award for their first submission which was the result of concerted effort from across the school. The schools join the university’s School of Environment and Technology(SET) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School in holding an Athena SWAN prize. The awards are valid for four years.

Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, is Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group and is the university’s Gender Equality Champion.

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Innovative installation to be hosted in Huxley Building

A cutting-edge installation which produces real-time digital art from the data in its immediate surroundings has been installed in the Huxley Building.

Duality of Life, was created by Nexus Studios, an award-winning company with offices in London and Los Angeles.

It consists of a dual-screen display that generates real-time digital ‘lifeforms’ from interactions and local data. The design evolves as the data shifts, with the ‘lifeforms’ changing shape and movement. Read More

Enrol online

Congratulations to everyone who’s received an offer. If you’ve had your place confirmed, you’ll be able to enrol from today.

There are a few things to do before you get here, including the first stage of your enrolment and getting started with your email account and course materials.

Once you’ve enrolled online, you’ll also be able to see all the essential details about your course, including your start date, welcome events and a draft timetable.

Find out more about what you need to do before you start.

See you soon!

 

Welcome to all of our new students!

When your place has been confirmed you officially become a University of Brighton student!

Keep an eye on your inbox as we’ll be keeping in touch with you by email to let you know more about:

• activating your university user account and logging on to our online learning environment: student central

• how to access pre-arrival information, check your start date and view our handy online guide to help prepare you for uni 

• our advice for new students as there’s lots to think about before starting uni – you’ll receive more in the post about this too in our Get Ready Guide

• organising your accommodation: if you’re still looking for somewhere to live we can offer plenty of support and advice

• organising your student finance and making a budget

• joining a Facebook group for students on your campus.

You can also follow results day reactions on our Instagram Stories. Tag us in your celebrations @uniofbrighton to be featured.

Explore your options through Clearing

Good luck to everyone receiving exam results this week!

If you’ve had a change of heart about what you want do next, or your exams have gone differently from what you expected, Clearing is an opportunity to assess your options and explore the possibilities. 

If you need help navigating your way through the Clearing process, check out our handy guide. Or call us on 01273 644000, we can help. 

You can also book on to a Clearing visit day at Moulsecoomb campus, where you’ll be studying, on  Wednesday 18 and Saturday 22 August. It’s a chance to look around and consider your next step. There’s a welcome talk and introduction, tour of the campus, advice about accommodation and student support and you will meet some of our academic staff in a Q&A.

Everyone who is looking to study with us in 2018 is welcome to attend. Course availability does change quickly in Clearing so if you’re not holding an offer get in touch first to confirm there is space on the course you are interested in before making travel arrangements.

Find out more and book your place here.

New link between ‘harmless’ virus and heart damage

Researchers from Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), run jointly by the universities of Brighton and Sussex, have discovered a link between a virus and damage to cardiovascular tissue.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a very common virus similar to the herpes virus that causes cold sores and is generally considered harmless. The immune system usually controls the virus and most people don’t even realise they have it.

The work conducted under the supervision of Professor Florian Kern, Chair of Immunology at BSMS, shows that clinically relevant numbers of a specific type of immune cells only arise when infection with CMV is present. Read More

Hands-on science for Brighton students

Young people with an interest in science and engineering can learn how to turn their passion into a career at a science fair in Brighton tomorrow (11 July).

Big Bang @ Brighton will take place at the University of Brighton and organisers are promising “an exciting, colourful and noisy event” aimed at encouraging more students to pursue further studies and potential careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Organised by STEM Sussex, the University of Brighton’s STEM outreach department, the event is funded by the Sussex Learning Network’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a four-year programme aimed at encouraging more young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, into higher education.

Big Bang @ Brighton will feature a range of hands-on activities, workshops and shows provided by many local companies, universities and colleges and other organisations, highlighting the STEM-related opportunities available to young people in the area. Read More

How pharmacists can help people with mental health issues

A University of Brighton pharmacist will be at the House of Commons for the launch of a campaign on how pharmacists can help identify and support people with mental health issues.

Claire May, Principal Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice in the University’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, said: “This is an extremely valuable campaign that will examine how pharmacists, as part of a multi-disciplinary approach, can help tackle the challenges facing the NHS in treating people with mental health issues.

“Over the last few years I have been extremely interested in how patients with mental health conditions are treated within the NHS so I have run several undergraduate projects looking at the perceptions and awareness of community pharmacists regarding their patients suffering from these conditions. Attending this event will help raise the profile of what community pharmacists can actually deliver to support these patients and ensure that mental health is recognised as a core part of the services provided.”

The campaign, being launched tomorrow (6 June) has been written by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Mrs May, who graduated from University of Brighton in 2001 and started her pharmacy career in community pharmacy, has worked as a prescribing advisor across the South East and went on to gain her own prescribing qualification in 2007.

She has worked with local Clinical Commission Groups, practicing pharmacists, Joint Programme Board and Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education on the provision of postgraduate training for pharmacists and allied health care professionals including independent prescribing.

For more on Mrs May, go to: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/staff/claire-may.aspx