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

Taking a stand against cancer

Two University of Brighton scientists are joining a pop-up stand in Brighton’s Churchill Square shopping centre on Friday (1 Feb) as part of events to mark next Monday’s (4 Feb) World Cancer Day.

Marta Falcinelli, PhD researcher in the University’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (PABS), is passionate about fighting the disease and will be talking to members of the public at the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) event.

Marta joined the University’s Stress & Cancer group in 2016, fulfilling her ambition: “I have always been intrigued by science and at university I started to be very interested in molecular biology and scientific investigation, dreaming to perform experiments and work in a lab.

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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

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

Sport scholarship for Millie

University of Brighton has awarded a sports scholarship to Millie Hemsley who is studying Pharmacy MPharm here.

“Being a sportswoman has personally helped me  with keeping a healthy balance in my life between sport and education, (as it stops me trying to revise 24/7)! I am really enjoying my time at the University of Brighton so far and I am sure this will continue across the 4 years I am here.

I applied for the sports scholarship and was lucky to be awarded this for my sport (pole vault ) which I have participated in for 4 years at Lewes athletics club. During these 4 years I have achieved the necessary heights and been chosen to represent the county at the national English Schools Championships 4 years in a row against Ireland,Scotland and Wales.

This scholarship will hopefully give me the support I need to win a championship medal!”

We wish Millie the very best!!!

 

 

 

The University of Brighton provide scholarships that recognise and reward academic and sporting merit.  Find out more about our scholarships on our website.