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Orientation week a great success

Brunel’s partnership with industry

Foundation and Pre-masters programmes

Usain Bolt visits Brunel

fiftyone°north Brunel INTERNATIONAL




Packed calendar for our new arrivals This year we welcomed around 1,500 new students from approximately 100 countries. As usual, we ran our popular orientation week to help people settle in.

The event offers a great mix of talks and guided tours, excursions, parties and informal sports activities, as well as priority enrolment, airport transfers and a formal welcome ceremony. Of those taking part, 95% said they would recommend the programme to prospective Brunel students, with 90% rating the experience as ‘excellent’. Our international students are now hard at work on their courses, but there is still plenty going on

Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2010

Coming soon... The adventures of Bendy Brunel

socially. Recent events have included a Halloween party and firework display, the latter to celebrate Guy Fawkes night. London is a magical place to be in the weeks up to Christmas, with so much to see and do. Over the festival itself we will be running events for international students staying here at Brunel. To keep up with all that is going on, take a look at our Flickr pages. You will find their URLs in this issue.

It looks like being a busy 2010 with staff from Brunel International once again jetting off to attend fairs and exhibitions around the globe. Visits arranged so far include: Mauritius Saudi Arabia Hong Kong Singapore Lybia Malaysia Sri Lanka Mexico Nigeria Bangladesh Brunei Ghana And more... Thailand Kenya visit

What our students say...

Read what some of our students have to say throughout the newsletter


At last, after a lengthy design process, we have him! Our own official Brunel flexible toy.We have called him Bendy Brunel.

Modelled on the likeness of legendary engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the small toy will be available for free from the Brunel stand at student recruitment fairs around the world. If you manage to snap one up do please send us your photos of him in exotic or unusual locations. We will enter you in our competition to win a £30 online Voucher. You will be able to view Bendy Brunel on his travels via our interactive Google map, so get snapping and send your photo to visit

This year’s Scholarship Students accept their awards at the official Ceremony with Vice Chancellor Chris Jenks. The Brunel International and Alumni Scholarships offer students funding of up to £3000. Look out for the new scholarship scheme which opens early in 2010.

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Work starts on

£30 million campus extension

Winter 2009

Work has begun on Brunel’s spectacular new Eastern Gateway building. The £30 million project will provide an ultra-modern, eco-friendly centre for our Business School, as well as a 600-seater auditorium, a gallery and additional general teaching space. In other developments, planning is underway for a £1.5m multi-faith centre and for an extension to our Kingston Lane Sports Pavilion. Over the past ten years, the Brunel Uxbridge campus has been totally transformed with fantastic new student halls of residence, schools, libraries, sports halls, an Arts centre and study facilities. See it for yourself at



‘Brunel is an in ternational community with a mix of people from di fferent parts of the world. Li fe on campus has been easy and interesting.’

The Brunel Family Club is one year old!

Our unique partnership with industry Brunel works closely with industry to make sure our courses are relevant to today’s workplace. This has really paid off when you look at the very high employment rates achieved by our students.

There are many exciting examples of our industry collaborations.

Our students benefit from presentations and seminars given by illustrious companies such as Intel, Jaguar, Renault F1, Shell Oil Company and Ford Motor Company. We have some wonderful engineering placement hosts as well. These include the Brawn GP, Williams and Red Bull F1 teams, BMW, Airbus, BAE Systems, Fujistu, Nokia and O2. In Engineering… Mike Grey

Over 20 professionals from industry and consultancies give presentations each year to our Design students. Recent speakers at our Design Futures seminar have included Terrence Conran, Wally Olins and Ideo’s Director of User Experience, Anna White. In Design and Branding… Dr Stuart Gabrielson

Leading FMCG companies also set projects for our design students, with the results celebrated at our industry renowned ‘Made in Brunel’ exhibition, held in London each year.

Our MSc course in Corporate Brand Management is a world first supported by an advisory board that includes British Airways, Heinz, Xerox, Interbrand, Saffron and Lloyd Northover. The Board regularly reviews the course and provides renowned guest lecturers, along with networking events and company visits. In Business Studies… Professor John Balmer

Placements in particular give students the opportunity not only to learn from industry but also to prove themselves. It is not unusual for them to be offered jobs for when they graduate. The University offers students a lot of help with organising placements and gaining employment when they leave. See the Placement & Careers Centre article for details. Placements



‘I love the fact that we’re being taught pr actical aspects of theo ry. The lectures are inte ractive, the tutors are very helpful and they take the w hole class along.’

contact us If you have more questions about any aspect of studying at Brunel then we would love to hear from you: Application enquiries: Accommodation enquiries:




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General enquiries: Foundation and English language courses:

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Brunel’s Placement and Careers Centre

Whether you are looking for a placement, a holiday job, career advice or that vital first job, the Placement & Careers centre can help you with advice, coaching and opportunities. The website, which you will find at, is a mine of useful information and there is an experienced team behind it, waiting to give you one-to-one help with all your work plans. A specially developed section of the website gives international students information on topics such as entitlements to work whilst studying and opportunities to work in the UK upon graduating. The website is open to the public and is a fantastic resource, so do take a look, even if you are still to decide on which University to attend. We recommend taking the virtual tour at the same time!

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This December saw celebrations as the Brunel Family Club marked its first year. The family club was set up to provide the partners and children of international students at Brunel with a way of meeting new friends and getting more involved with campus life. The Vice Chancellor's wife, Barbara Jenks, acts as patron of the club, which has seen it's numbers grow to 40 families, with more than 100 people attending events, with the youngest being only a few months old. In the past, children have enjoyed easter egg hunts and cookery sessions while their parents were able to make new friends and share their experiences. The club has members from China, Brunei, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Mexico, the USA and Canada. To celebrate, the children (and some of the parents) coloured in christmas shapes to decorate the Brunel International Offices, and made traditional German recipe christmas biscuits to sell to staff and students. These were extremely popular and sold out in under an hour. The family club is already looking forward to next year, and is planning more cooking events, parties and more.

New hire scheme launched Running your own car can be an expensive business in the UK, but now you do not have to, thanks to the new Brunel car hire scheme.

Launched in October in association with Hertz, the new service is open to all Brunel students and staff. It provides three cars that are parked on campus: a Fiat 500, a Mini and a Ford Focus. Annual membership costs £50 per year and you can then rent a car from just £3.95 per hour. It is perfect for an occasional sightseeing trip or are planning a

big spending spree! The price includes insurance cover and of course you do not have to worry about taxing, maintaining or parking the car in the way that you would if you owned it. Chris Chang, Director of Brunel International said: “this is great for our students especially, as it gives them well-maintained cars at a really good price”.



Winter 2009

Students cartwheel across campus for children’s charity

Brunel students Becky and Sophie decided to do a sponsored cartwheel for a whole mile across the University campus. All in a day’s work for Children in Need !

On November 20th 2009, people all across the UK put on silly costumes and did all kinds of crazy things to raise money for one of the countries most popular charities, Children In Need.

To see more photos go to our Flickr page and to learn more about one of the country's most popular charities, Children in Need. visit

Virtual campus tour goes live Now you can learn more about Brunel University by taking our virtual tour.


Go to and you can get 360 degree views of various locations, including the library, the lecture centre and our student centre. We have also launched a virtual open day, providing detailed information on studying and your life at Brunel University in the UK.

Engineering Pre-Masters and Foundation programmes Brunel’s programmes for international students pack a whole year’s worth of academic and language tuition into just 14 weeks, giving you the skills you need whilst saving you time and money.

The language teaching concentrates on technical English and is closely linked to the academic modules, so that students are prepared for the specialist terms they will encounter in their lectures. According to Programme Director, Ian Wood, there are rarely more than two or three students from any one country, so English has to be spoken constantly by the group – which is ideal practice. Not that language is the only preparation for living in the UK. A thorough orientation programme, with its weekly excursions, events and talks, helps students to establish themselves and feel at home. Turning to the academic side, Intensive International Foundations of Engineering (IIFE) students can choose Mechanical/design Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering options. These feed into a range of undergraduate degrees.

Intensive International Pre-Master’s for Engineering and Design (IIPED) students meanwhile can opt for Thermofluids, Network Computing or Contextual Design modules. Again these feed into a wide choice of Masters programmes. Ian Wood points to the benefits these programmes offer: “The academic and language teaching is of the highest quality, and saves students considerable money in tuition fees and accommodation. If they choose the January programme they are able to finish in June and either return home for a few months, or travel around the UK secure in the knowledge that they have a confirmed place for September. If they opt for our June programme, they can finish their programme in September and move straight on to their chosen Masters or Degree course. Entry is guaranteed for those who pass”.



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Some of our students at graduation There are two IIPED and two IIFE courses each year. These start in January and June – and we still have places for June 2010!

Brunel Law School Rated as one of the top Universities for research in Law, Brunel University is right at the forefront of the UK, European and International Legal fields and is one of the leading educators.

500 Undergraduates are pursuing three and four year LLB programmes, of which the latter offers two extended work placements with Law Society approved host firms. At postgraduate level there is a strong international focus, with taught programmes in fields such as European and International Commercial Law, International Criminal Justice, International Human Rights, Islamic Law, and of course, Public International Law for which the School is well known.

Postgraduate programmes can generally be studied in one year full time or two years part time – and international students can have access to wide-ranging support, including English language tuition. The School’s Deputy Head of Operations, Kaiyan Kaikobad, said: “The School’s strong research base is evident in all our taught programmes. It reflects our commitment to prepare students for the challenge of today’s rapidly changing world.”

For more information about the Law School please visit

For course details, entry requirements and information on how to apply please go to

Brunel goes live on the social networks

Over the past few months we have been setting up various social networking sites. It is a really easy and fun way to learn more about Brunel and to keep up to date with what is happening. On the official Brunel University You Tube channel you will find a series of video episodes covering student accommodation, a campus tour and an encounter with the Brunel International team! Then over at Facebook we have our own Brunel community. Just set up your free account if you have not done so yet and add us to your friend list to receive news updates. We have a Brunel International Flickr site as well. This is going to be our photo diary for the year so you will be able to view our students and events. Last but not least, you can now brighten up your day by subscribing to our Flick feed. Here are the main URLs you need to know… Twitter: @Brunel_Int


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Winter 2009

brunel life Sports at Brunel

International team profile

Usain Bolt lights up Brunel campus Sprinting sensation Usain Bolt based himself at Brunel for five weeks this summer, using our indoor and outdoor tracks to prepare for race meetings across Europe.

Ian Ian Wood is our Programme Leader for IIFE and IIPED.

I started work here in 1976 as one of a group of guest lecturers from the Cementation Ground Engineering Company. The group contributed lectures to the Building Engineering Department and in 1979 I was taken on as a full-time lecturer.

The double Olympic champion proved to be a very open, relaxed guest and held a question and answer session with seven of the University’s top athletics and sports scholars. Using our world class facilities obviously paid off, as Usain smashed his own 100m and 200m world records during the summer’s Berlin World Athletics Championships.

How long have you worked at Brunel?

That’s easy – the interaction with students. They are so full of life and enthusiasm, despite the intense workload that comes with Engineering courses. And they are unfailingly polite and considerate – which is just as well in my case as I quite often need their help these days. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Build up to 2012 Olympics continues Brunel has been designated as an official Training Camp for the 2012 Olympics and we are looking forward to welcoming competitors in various sports from around the world.

Olympic events have already begun. On the 29th September ParalympicsGB welcomed 70 disabled athletes for preliminary trials in sports such as athletics, shooting and wheelchair basketball. Top sports coaches were present to put the competitors through their paces, with encouragement and support provided by three past Paralympic champions who attended the day’s event. If you would like to know more about Brunel’s Olympic programme, including details of our past Olympians, please visit

Where are you from originally and where do you live now?

My home town is Widnes, the first crossing of the River Mersey. It used to be in Lancashire so I qualify as a Lancashire-man, which I’m proud of. I now live in Harrow Weald – the contrast between Stanmore Common, which starts just beyond our house, and the chemical wastelands of Widnes could not be more stark.

I’m a jack of all trades, with all that entails, I’m afraid. My first paid employment was as a foundations engineer. Subsequently I came to Brunel to lecture the subject, then branched into Operations Research – which is basically management using numbers. What are your main academic interests?

Beetle restoration is important to me – I have two at present, the best of which is an 1600 Karman convertible. Then there is skiing, which I am too old for but cannot give up. Windsurfing is better for me as the landing is softer. I’m an active member of the Oenophilia Society and the Wine Society of Great Britain. What are your hobbies?

What's your favourite food, football team and/or music?

French cuisine is my favourite and very fortunately there are several members of the Oenophilia Society who know how to cook it. I’m a rugby enthusiast, but not an active team supporter. My interest in “music” was formed as a teenager growing up close to Liverpool in the `60s, so you can guess I am a Beatles/Rolling Stones fan. What's your favourite destination in the world and why?

That’s easy – and predictable. Provence has it all, and you can now get there in considerable comfort by train. Second choice is Venice – a less stimulating destination that is more appropriate as one ages!

New Master’s student starts blog – but who is she? Confessions of a Student is a new blog that has appeared this term on the Brunel International home page.

It is written by a member of the Brunel International team, who has taken a year out to study for a Masters in Corporate Brand Management (at Brunel, of course!). The blogs so far cover topics such as orientation and Freshers’ week, meeting fellow students from around the world and also getting used to studying again, ten years after graduating. Our blogger has decided to remain anonymous, but she gives some clues in the blogs, so if you’ve met us at student exhibitions in the last year you might be able to guess!

fiftyone° north was brought to you by Brunel International, a team at Brunel University dedicated to supporting international students in their studies.

Words: Pete Greenfield Images: Sally Trussler Design: Helen Taylor To contact the editorial team, please email

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