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New Halls opening in 2008

Hollywood Technology at Brunel

New MA Course in International Journalism

Brunel in the 2012 Olympics Training Guide

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One World!

With 2,500 international students from 114 counties, Brunel University is a very cosmopolitan place and in November 2007 we celebrated that fact with our third annual One World Week Festival.

During the week-long festival students and staff enjoyed an entertaining programme of events organised by our many international student societies, the University and the Students’ Union. The festival began with an opening ceremony featuring Drums of the World which had everybody dancing and clapping along, setting the tone for the rest of the week! Highlights included traditional

dancing, costume displays, theatre, football matches, music, exhibitions and, of course, good food, with the refectory offering dishes from a different continent each day. Prizes were given out at the end of the week for the best national events, but the biggest reward for everyone was the opportunity to try new things and make new friends. One World is just one of the many international events that

Brunel has been welcoming international students for many years and we’ve a really good support network to help you settle in, get involved and be successful in your studies. I hope we’ll see you soon!

Brunel University runs each year – you can read about some others in this newsletter. Chris Chang, Director of Brunel International said: “Brunel has been welcoming international students for many years and we’ve a really good support network to help you settle in, get involved and be successful in your studies. I hope we’ll see you soon!”

Welcome to the first edition of “51 Degrees North”! Karen Blackney, Head of International Marketing and Recruitment, Brunel International

There are so many interesting things happening at Brunel that we thought it was time to share some of them with you. We will be producing the newsletter three times a year in print form and you will also be able to download it from

And in case you were wondering about the name of the magazine: Brunel is at 51 degrees North, 0 degrees West. I hope you find it interesting and informative – and if you have any feedback or ideas for articles we would love to hear from you. You can contact the newsletter team at


See page two for the opportunity to win £30 book vouchers



Spring 2008

Brunel Scholarship awards total £100,000 for 2008 Every year Brunel offers its own scholarships for international students and for 2008 there are 40 awards of £2,500 each.

Pictured are some of last year’s scholars. Scholarships are open to all international students who have firm offers of places on full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You can download the application form at . Your application must be received by 5PM GMT on 28th May 2008. For details of the scholarships and other funding opportunities for international students please email

Some of the 2007/8 scholarship winners now studying at Brunel

NewRoute PhD Programme attracts record numbers Brunel’s NewRoute PhD achieved its highest ever intake in September 2007 and the number of enquiries continues to rise.

The 4-year research programme includes an additional taught component covering valuable work-based skills such as leadership and project management. Participants in the programme come from all over the world and this year’s first year students include Saeed Sharif from Syria and Faiq Almutairi from Saudi Arabia. Brunel is one of a select few UK universities appointed to provide NewRoute PhD.

New halls to open in Summer 2008 In the summer of 2008 we will be opening our latest student halls of residence, taking the total places available on campus to over 4,500 and doubling and upgrading the accommodation for couples. This means we can offer every international student a place to live on campus in their first year, provided they apply by the deadline, and many final year students as well. The new halls are part of a continuing £250 million development programme that has brought all of our schools, facilities and

student accommodation onto one safe, friendly campus. In fact, the campus is more like a small town, offering shops, sporting facilities, a bank, a pharmacy, food outlets and, of course, the best study facilities, including computer suites and a large, modern library.

The new Halls in construction. The majority of rooms feature an en-suite bathroom, and there are shared kitchens and laundry rooms within the halls.

For further information, see research/newroutephd or

contact Jennifer Harkin, Doctoral Programmes Manager, at

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:

General enquiries:


English support:

Or check us out online at

You can take a “virtual tour” of the campus at For details of how to apply for accommodation, email

MSc in Global Supply Chain Management A new MSc course is being developed at Brunel in response to industry's growing demand for Global Supply Chain professionals. Subject to formal approval, teaching of the course will begin in September 2008. For full details, visit bbs/courses

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While our name may be fiftyone° north, that's not our exact position, but you will be able to discover it by searching Google Maps. It's a great way to explore our local area – and if you send us our exact latitude and longitude we'll enter you into a draw for £30 worth of Amazon vouchers. Here's a clue. Brunel's Uxbridge campus is located west of London and directly north of Heathrow airport.

Simply email your answer to us at by 5pm GMT on Tuesday 1st July.

Hollywood technology comes to Brunel BSc students on our Broadcast Media course have been practising their skills in our amazing new visual arts suite.

The new studio is packed with the latest broadcast technology, including High Definition cameras, powerful workstations with the latest software, an ultra-fast network and 21 terrabytes of storage. Most popular though is the large green screen area which can be used to combine actors with backgrounds, computer graphics and sets to create stunning, Hollywood style effects. BSc students in all years will be using the studio every day in their studies, so they’ll be ideally prepared to work as motion artists in 21st century TV and film.



Spring 2008

Alumni shine in China

Sponsors Event 2008

Members of our international team recently attended the Alumni UK Annual Ball events in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

In February 2008, we were very pleased to welcome sponsors from many regions, including Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

They were delighted to meet up with former students, many of whom now have flourishing careers with organisations such as Lenovo, Savills, Zara, China Central Television and Industrial Bank of China.

Our guests toured the campus, visited schools and met their scholars already at the University to hear about their experiences of studying here. Numerous governments and educational organisations from around the world sponsor people to study here at Brunel. If you would like to know more about sponsors in your own country, please visit

Global Workforce... Our second international careers fair, held in December 2007, attracted top employers including Goldman Sachs International, Symantec, Bloomberg L.P. and Saudi Aramco. Students interested in international careers were able to get detailed information and advice, make useful contacts and apply for jobs, making it a valuable event, and one that we’ll be repeating in December 2008.

New orientation programme From left to right: Calli Amiras, Jie Yang, Jing Zhu, Wendy Guo, Fia Liu, Ping Liu, Lin Pan, Bo Li & Xiang Jing

Corporate Brand Management MSc begins Brunel welcomed the first students onto its new Corporate Brand Management programme in September 2007. Led by eminent brand specialist, Professor John Balmer, it is thought to be the first MSc course in the UK to focus specifically on the relationship between corporate strategy and the marketing communications mix.

Students in the first year have come from all corners of the globe, including Nigeria, Taiwan and Germany. And interest from industry is such that a placement is being considered for future programmes. People completing the course will qualify for direct entry to the Chartered Institute of Marketing's Professional Diploma. Job prospects are bound to be bright, thanks to the many organisations seeking corporate brand management and development expertise.

For more details about the programme, please visit


Brunel’s new orientation programme will give you a great introduction to the University and to living in the UK. It’s a 3-day event featuring outings, talks, guided tours and plenty of socialising so you can meet new people and make new friends. To get things off to the very best start we’re providing a free airport pickup service at Heathrow. There’ll be a friendly face to meet you – and we’ll be running regular buses straight to the student accommodation at the University. The orientation programme, which begins on September 18th, and the pickup service are open to all international students joining us for the first time. We really recommend you take part. To book your place and for further details, go to

Engineering and Design Our School of Engineering and Design has been in the spotlight again, winning an “excellent” rating in the recent Independent survey and a top ten place in The Times Good University Guide 2008. It’s one of the largest schools of its kind in the UK, with 1600 undergraduates, 550 Postgraduate taught students, 300 research students and 110 academic staff. There’s an exciting range of courses on offer and the school has close partnerships with industry and professional bodies to ensure content is relevant to today’s employers.

This is one of the reasons why our Graduates are so sought after – and no doubt why, in another Times survey, our Design Students were rated the “most satisfied” in the UK. The school also makes headlines with new facilities. These now include state of the art Computer Aided Engineering systems and even a flight simulator on campus, to support our Aerospace students.

New MA course in International Journalism The new world of high tech, international journalism offers exciting career opportunities, so Brunel is launching a new MA course in September for people who want to work in this expanding field.

This one-year course offers intensive training in story selection and writing, as well as in advanced digital skills – such as editing and filing stories via laptop in the field and managing news websites. Brunel has its own, fully-working digital newsroom in which students can practise their skills, guided by tutors who have extensive journalism and production experience.

If you would like to find out more about the school, please go to:

For details of the course and how to apply, please go to Journalism+MA



Spring 2008

brunel life Brunel makes the 2012 Olympics Training Guide Brunel has been included in the London 2012 Olympic Athletes’ Training Guide and we expect to welcome a number of national teams, who will complete their summer preparations living on campus. The athletes will be able to use Brunel’s excellent sporting facilities, which include a competition standard, indoor athletics hall, a large sports centre and UEFA class football pitches.

The University is one of four “high performance centres” accredited by UK Athletics and we offer a variety of elite sports sponsorships. Many top UK athletes are here, preparing for the Beijing Olympics.

For details of our Sports Science Courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, see

Oriental food market launches at Brunel

Following on from the success of its weekly fresh fruit and vegetable market, the Students’ Union now hosts an Oriental Food market, which is held every Wednesday on the Brunel campus. This is already proving very popular with students, with some excellent products available at low prices. The two grocery stores on campus also stock a wide range of foods from around the world, including vegetarian and Halal dishes, but if you would rather not cook you will find good food in our refectories, including a weekly Indian menu.

Agents discover Brunel

What’s it really like to be a Brunel international student? Some of our overseas agents came to find out, by spending 4 days with us in December 2007. We gave them a taste of what new international students get on our welcome programme, providing tours of the campus, presentations, social events and excursions – including ice skating and Christmas shopping in London. Our guests met with students they’d placed to hear about their experiences at Brunel. Edward Fan from GET told us: “Brunel is clearly an excellent destination and I’ll be sharing many good memories with prospective students”.

Sade wins international literary prize

International student, Sade Adeniran, has been announced as a regional winner in the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize event, scooping the Best First Book (Africa) award. Her novel, Imagine This, is based on her own childhood, growing up in rural Nigeria. She lives in West London and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing – The Novel at Brunel. Sade is on the shortlist for the overall Best First Book award, which will be announced in May. Our warm congratulations and best wishes for the final!

China’s traditional art celebrated In March 2008, Brunel hosted an exhibition entitled Mountains and Rivers, to celebrate some of China’s most acclaimed landscape artists. Held in the University’s Beldam Gallery, the event featured traditional Chinese art and calligraphy, not widely seen before in the UK. The exhibition marked the 70th anniversary of Renmin University, with which Brunel has close academic and cultural ties.

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

International team profile

Shani Tell us, what do you do at Brunel?

I’m the International Marketing Officer responsible for promoting the University in India, Sri Lanka, the UK and Europe. I get to visit wonderful countries and meet great students who want to study here. How long have you worked for Brunel?

Four years. It’s a great place to be– there’s always something going on. What do you like about your job?

Meeting the students, discovering new cultures and creating / running marketing plans. What are the things you like best about living near London?

I travel into the city frequently. I love the galleries, the shopping and the food (Sushi, Lebanese and everything you can imagine). Which is your favourite band/singer?

Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, Keene, the Arctic Monkeys. About a month ago, I saw the Spice Girls at the O2 Arena. That was incredible. What is your favourite food and why?

I love Chinese food, especially Peking duck. Which is your favourite destination?

I recently visited Mumbai for the first time and loved it. There’s an air of dynamism in India which is inescapable. The city itself has some charming buildings and a lovely shoreline. What is the most interesting destination?

In November I visited Kazakhstan. Astana looked like it was changing fast with new shopping malls and buildings. Almaty reminded me of a European capital with its wide treelined boulevards.

Fifty one north - Issue 1  

Brunel University's newsletter for international students.