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Mauritian Deputy PM awarded PhD

Dan Marshall joins Force India

First feature film for Pepe Petos

New MSc in Digital Media Management

fiftyone°north Brunel INTERNATIONAL


There’s a warm welcome waiting! Brunel International has developed a brand new Orientation; a welcome programme for students coming to Brunel for the first time.The event will run over two days, on September 18th and 19th, and will feature a mix of presentations, social events, guided tours and trips to places of interest.

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Commenting, Rachael Elliot, Head of International Student Services said: “Starting a course is an exciting chapter in the life of any new student, but more so for international students. Moving country, making friends, living in a new environment and adjusting to different study methods are just some of the aspects of life that you can look forward to. And with a community of over 2000 international students from over 120 different countries there is no need to feel alone. There are many events and activities on campus to help you adjust to your new surroundings, and the International Student Orientation Programme is just one of them.” Filiz Oztanriverdi, orientation coordinator, says “It’s always been a popular event and now, having consulted our existing students, we think it’s going to be better than ever! We are all really looking forward to meeting our new students.”

New for 2008 is a free airport pickup service, on September 16th and 17th, for people taking part in the programme. Buses will take students to the campus, where they will be directed to their accommodation. Highlights of this year’s orientation will include a formal welcome from the Vice Chancellor, an excursion to Blenheim Palace, a London shopping trip and a traditional celidh (Irish dance) night. Guided tours of the campus and brief talks on UK and University life will also take place – and those who attend will be able to register as a student before anybody else. The entire programme, including English breakfast, lunch and dinner, is free to students paying international fees and costs just £95 for EU students. The only thing students need to pay for is their accommodation, which is available on campus for an additional fee.

For more details and to book a place go to

London tops poll of Global University Cities For the second year running, London has topped the 2008 Global University City Index prepared by Australia’s RMIT University. The city retained its leading position ahead of Boston and Tokyo. The index assesses a range of criteria including liveability, education expenditure, the number of graduates present and how many tertiary institutions are ranked in the top 200 Times Higher World University Rankings.



The Future looks Bright for Brunel Graduates Summer is a time of celebration for students, parents and staff at Brunel. Our graduation ceremonies on campus provide an opportunity to congratulate new Alumni on their hard work and successes and to wish them well in the future. Though graduation is a time for goodbyes, we have a thriving alumni association that helps people stay in touch. It also provides services such as careers advice, professional networking and access to ongoing education and development. Brunel’s international students have an excellent record of securing high quality employment with leading companies. Last year Graduates went to work with leading names such as Ford, RBS, The Bank of America and Bloomberg – and attendance at this year’s careers fair shows that employers rate Brunel students highly.

See for more details

A message from

Jay Patel

President of the Student Union

““I’m really looking forward to

meeting this year’s new students and to telling them about the services we can offer at the Union. We aim to make every students’ time at the University as safe, productive and happy as possible and we do this in many ways, from providing welfare advice and representation to organising social events, gigs, international food markets and much more!

Following the orientation programme Brunel holds an induction or ‘Freshers’ week for all new students and we have a lot planned for this year, including an international student meeting point in one of our cafes and an internationally themed party.



Mauritius’s Deputy Prime Minister awarded Brunel PhD Dr. Rama Sithanen, Mauritius’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, has completed his part-time PhD with Brunel University. He began his programme in 2004, choosing Brunel both for the flexibility it offered part-time students and for its convenient location, which enabled him to visit his supervisor during regular trips to London on official business. Dr. Sithanen’s PhD reflected his work as one of Mauritius’ leading politicians and was entitled “Evaluating and Proposing Electoral Systems in Plural Societies: the Case for Mauritius”. Dr. Rama Sithanen

For more information about PhD programmes at Brunel – including the latest NewRoute PhDs – see

Household names attend Graduate recruitment fair The BBC, Capgemini, Ernst & Young, Jaguar Landrover and, for the first time, Coca Cola, were amongst the 60 employers who attended Brunel’s Graduate recruitment fair on May 19th, 2008. The 1300 students who attended were able to access more than 3,000 immediate vacancies for Graduates and the show was hailed as a great success by exhibitors and visitors alike. Brunel has a global reputation for automotive engineering and one highlight was the appearance of the highly innovative Jaguar XF sports saloon on Jaguar Landrover’s stand. The next Placement & Careers Fair will be held on the 10th and 11th of November, 2008.

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: international.helpdesk@brunel. English support: Or check us out online at

Summer 2008

Introducing our Representatives... OVEC, Mauritius When was OVEC established?

In 2002, by Dr Dorish Chitson, who has over 25 years’ education experience in Mauritius. Today OVEC has partnerships with over 90 Universities around the world, including Brunel. Why do you like to work with Brunel?

The Brunel team regularly travels to Mauritius, which is so useful as they can get to know the students here and their parents. Also the University really takes care of international students through its dedicated international student service. What do your students think of Brunel?

Mauritian students really enjoy Brunel. It has one of the best campuses in London, with state of the art teaching buildings, new halls of residence and world class sporting facilities. And the transport links are very good, with Heathrow nearby. What do you see as the benefits of studying abroad?

It not only gives people quality learning and professional skills; it allows them to develop a global outlook and level of self-confidence that will enrich their careers. That’s so important in a competitive world. For more details about OVEC please go to

Going for Gold As we go to press a number of Brunel University sports people are getting ready for their Olympic trials.We would like to wish them every success and hope to be cheering them on in Beijing.

Anthropology staff migrate for the summer

They will be following past Brunel Olympic gold medallists including Audley Harrison, James Cracknell and Ian Taylor. Find out more about our sporting heroes at scholarships/success – and watch out for more Olympic news in our next issue.

Summer provides the perfect opportunity for our Anthropology staff to embark on field trips and this year is no exception.

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Once again it’s competition time. For your chance to win £30 worth of Amazon vouchers simply answer the question below: Brunel University is named after the famous Victorian Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel; A 2002 poll ‘100 Greatest Britons’, conducted by the BBC, produced a list of our famous countrymen in order of popularity. In what position was Brunel?

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

Dr Melissa Parker, the founder director of the new Brunel Centre for Research in International Medical Anthropology (CRIMA) will be undertaking research into neglected tropical diseases in NW Uganda. Dr Isak Niehaus, meanwhile, will be revisiting South Africa to continue his HIV/AIDS related research. Dr Andrew Betty will be prospecting for a field site in Chiapas, Mexico; and Dr Peggy Froerer will be researching childhood learning and education in central India. sss/depts/anthropology

Don’t forget to pack! MSc Mechanical Engineering student, Ethamokha Lamai, from Nigeria, and Brazilian student Ana Paula Gonzalez give some tips on what to pack when you’re travelling to Brunel University. 1. Travel light – leave behind things that can be bought in the UK, such as cooking utensils and text books. 2. Bring enough money to last you 3-4 weeks after registration, when your bank account should be open. 3. Pack clothes suitable for day temperatures of 10 – 15 degrees C, with some rain. You can buy heavy winter clothing here. 4. It may be cheaper to bring a laptop with you from home, so compare prices before you travel. 5. Bring photos of family and friends (phone numbers too!). 6. Your favourite music and movies will help you relax. 7. If you’re a postgrad student, bring your previous lecture notes. 8. Don’t bring food. London has most of what you will find at home.

Vice Chancellor thanks International Ambassador Scholars In June 2008 the Vice Chancellor presented our International Ambassador Scholars with certificates to thank them for all their hard work in representing the University. The Scholarship programme, which has been running for a number of years, awards scholarships on academic merit to students from many countries and subject areas. For 07/08, sixteen one-year Masters students received half-fee scholarships in return for taking part in occasional promotional films and for writing about their experiences at Brunel. The ceremony and party that followed was attended by ten of the students, together with members of the International team and senior academic staff. To find out more about International Ambassador Scholarships please go to



Summer 2008

Brunel seeks Brunel student directs Motorsport Engineering students’ first feature film Graduate joins Force India opinions International student Pepe Petos has released his first Results are in from this year’s International Student Barometer; an independent survey of international student opinion on all aspects of University life. The findings have been very positive for Brunel University.

Having graduated in the summer of 2007 with first class honours, Dan Marshall has achieved his ambition of working in Formula One – by joining the sport’s newest team, Force India. Dan chose to study at Brunel because it was the only university at the time to offer a specialist Motorsport Engineering Degree course. He saw it as “my biggest chance of getting into Formula One”.

In his final year Dan completed two projects, designing driver control systems and then leading chassis and body-panel development for the University’s single seater Formula Student cars. These sophisticated and very powerful cars compete in the keenly fought Formula Student Motorsport series, in the UK and throughout Europe. Team Brunel won the UK series in 2005. The University is highly regarded in the motorsport world and many of our students, like Dan, secure exciting jobs with leading teams.

For more information about automotive engineering at Brunel go to


New Climate Change MSc announced

From the London universities that took part in the survey, Brunel’s students emerged as the most satisfied with the opportunities for language support, work experience and careers advice. Brunel students also stated that they were attracted to the university by the high reputation of a Brunel degree amongst potential employers. Furthermore the students reported that all aspects of the learning experience at Brunel had improved year on year. They were particularly impressed by the standard of advice given to students. Director of Brunel International, Chris Chang said “The benefit of undertaking the ISB is clear – it allows us to identify areas for improvement and do our best to ensure that the student experience gets better every year. This year’s results are very positive and provide an excellent basis from which to develop”.

feature film,“Memories of a Future”, in collaboration with director/producer Margaret Dickinson. The film is a documentary of a journey made by veterans of the International Brigades in 2006, as they retrace the steps that took them to Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Following showings at the Sheffield, Berlin and Vibgyor film festivals, the work is now available as a DVD through the International Brigades Memorial Trust website:

You can watch a trailer at

Brunel’s Institute for the Environment is launching a new MSc programme dedicated to Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability.

carbon economy, providing students with a strong, multidisciplinary grasp of the field. With recent energy price rises, this is a more pressing issue than ever for business and governments, so students can expect to be highly employable in the years to come.

This will draw together the scientific, engineering, business, political and social issues associated with a move to a post

For details please see

Brunel Business School These are exciting times for Brunel’s internationally acclaimed Business School. It has recently been granted permission and support from the University to build a dedicated school building which will bring all of its academic and administrative activities into one place, including its PhD, MBA and Executive Development programmes. Due to open in the academic year 2010/2011, the new building will provide a fantastic environment for students and staff. Its announcement comes shortly after the launch of a new MBA centre, which shares a building with Brunel International; and the creation of a 6th international research centre dedicated to Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Currently there are 2250 students and over 90 members of staff attached to the School. Undergraduates pursue core management and business studies in the first year, before specialising in marketing, e-business systems or accounting in year two. There is also the option of a work placement year as well, with a leading employer.

For more details about the School’s Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Executive Development and Research programmes please go to

International Student update

Grace Hui Guo

Marketing postgraduate MSc student 2006 Grace recently changed jobs, moving from Savills Property Services to the Customer Development Department of Unilever in Guangzhou – and she thinks Brunel played a major part in helping her. “I greatly appreciate the skills and knowledge I gained from Brunel University. I was able to get a Distinction for my MSc and this has helped me get my feet onto the ladder with my favourite company. “The Placement and Careers Centre at Brunel also showed me how to write my CV, prepare for assessments and do well in interviews. And they helped me understand what overseas employers expect from Graduates. “I should like to thank Brunel International too, for helping me settle down in London for my studies. I am sure I made the right decision when I chose to study at the University”.



Summer 2008

brunel life Brunel hosts careers advisor workshop In April this year Brunel University hosted an event organised by British Council China, to introduce China’s job market and employers’ needs to Careers Advisors at UK Universities. Around 150 representatives from UK institutions attended the event and heard presentations from a number of Human Resources experts and consultants who have particular experience of China’s Graduate recruitment market. The Speakers addressed key issues facing both students and career advisors and in particular how to access career opportunities back home. Brunel is hoping to host similar events for other countries in the future.

International team profile


Mark Young joined the International Team in July 2003 and works as Team Leader in our Admissions & Marketing Office. Tell us what your job entails.

New accommodation for couples opens in September 2008 Brunel University is pleased to announce 112 new studio flats for couples, as part of a general £250m expansion of its on-campus facilities.The studio flats are located on the west side of the campus near Galbraith Hall.The Complex includes launderette facilities, communal areas, coffee shop and a dance studio.All the fixtures and furnishings are of the highest standard. The flats will be ready to occupy in September 2008, with priority given to couples who are first-year full-time postgraduate students, full-time research students and 5th and 4th year Final Undergraduates. The deadline date for applications is 31 July 2008. However, late applications will be considered subject to availability.

You can find out more about the studio apartments, including the full eligibility criteria by going to and you can apply at

New MSc launched in Human Centred Design Brunel University’s new Human Centred Design course has been formally launched and has enjoyed an excellent reception from industry and government. The one-year full-time or two-tofour-year part-time programme is intended for experienced designers and engineers who want to become expert in creating human-centred products, systems and services. Robert Gifford, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety said: “As technology becomes ever more comprehensive…it is important that we understand how humans behave and what …(will)… help and hinder their performance. PACTS strongly supports developments in this area, such as the Brunel MSc”. The programme combines the latest thinking in biomechanics, psychology and engineering with a strong practical element, as participants focus on a wide range of design problems and applications.

Politics & History Professor visits Poland Professor Justin Fisher, from the Department of Politics & History, visited Poland in June in his capacity as an expert advisor on financial regulations. There he helped to evaluate party finance regulations, drawing on expertise gained working with the English Parliament on issues such as lobbying and the cash for peerages enquiry. Professor Fisher provided advice to the Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption.

For more details and the new course brochure go to sedcourse/pg/design/humancentred

New MSc launched in Digital Media Management Do you dream of producing digital TV broadcasts, developing video or music download sites, creating online games, podcasts or DVDs – or pioneering new media not yet thought of? Brunel students can make this a reality with the new MSc in Digital Media Management. This unique degree combines technical ICT knowledge and skills with the practical techniques required in today's entertainment and media industry. Find out more about the course at fiftyone° north was brought to you by Brunel International, a team at Brunel University dedicated to supporting international students in their studies.

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My team checks applications against entry requirements, makes offers or asks for further details, and generally assists applicants and our representatives. What do you most like about it?

Definitely the people I meet! It’s really satisfying meeting an applicant when they arrive here as a student and then watching them progress to their graduation ceremony. What do you think of living near London?

I love the parks, the surrounding countryside with its little footpaths, the restaurants and of course the entertainment – theatres, clubs, cinemas. Who is your favourite singer or band?

There are a lot to choose from! Joe Cocker, The Jam, Space, the Zutons and Amy Winehouse all get played a lot at home. What is your favourite food and why?

Anything from Asia would be high on my list. Indian food here is widely available and I like the clean, spicy flavours of Thai cuisine. What is your favourite destination?

Thailand, for the food, climate and temples. China for the contrasts between the old and the new. Each city has its own special character. And what is the most interesting thing you’ve seen?

The Terracotta Army near Xi’an is not to be missed. Neither is Stinking Tofu!

Fiftyone degrees north - issue 2  
Fiftyone degrees north - issue 2  

Brunel's International Student Magazine- In this issue read about the annual orientation programme for international students and some stori...