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Brunel has been shortlisted for an elite award at the Times Higher Education Awards.
Brunel will battle against Exeter, Nottingham, Plymouth, Strathclyde and Sunderland Universities for the title of University of the year 2012. The award ceremony will take place on the 29th November where Brunel will also be up for the awards of Best Business School and Outstanding Student Support.
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editor’s letter BESS BROWNING Editor 2012/13
Pope Goes Green
Good morning Freshers! Firstly I would like to welcome you to Brunel and introduce you to Le Nurb, your one and only student newspaper.
Pope Benedict XVI has been given a brand new electric car for his own personal use. He was given a Renault Kangoo after he stated his concerns for the environment. No word yet on whether this will be the new Popemobile or not.
McDonalds have launched their very first vegetarian restaurant. The branch, which was opened in India this month, has fallen to public demand so that India’s Muslim and Hindu community can eat there.
ou can pick up a copy every month from various places around campus and as all Returners will see, the paper has had a bit of a makeover. I’d love to know what you think so drop me an email on editor@ lenurbonline.com. I’m very excited for everyone arriving at Brunel
position and you’re not the only nervous one. Before you get confused, Arts and Reviews is a thing of the past and is now called Culture, starting on page 21. The section has had a complete revamp and now includes a travel and lifestyle section. If you’re already flicking through the
The Bolt Robot US military have developed a ‘robotic cheetah’ that can run faster than Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet. The robot managed to achieve speeds of over 29 mph, beating Bolts 27.8 mph in the 100m Olympic final this summer. Many say it is a matter of time until Brunel offers the cheetah a chance to train at its state-of-the-art facilities too.
Don’t hide away in your room – embrace the experience, everyone in your hall is in the same position and you’re not the only one. this week because as you’ll see from pages 15-18, your Freshers’ week is absolutely jam-packed with activities and events that you can sink your teeth into. Make sure you find us on the Le Nurb stall on Tuesday’s Freshers’ Fayre. Every student remembers their first week at University. You’ll meet people that will become your best friends, you’ll discover things you never knew about yourself and you’ll realize how many people can’t cook! Don’t hide away in your room – embrace the experience, everyone in your hall is in the same
paper looking for Coffee Break, don’t fear. It hasn’t disappeared and neither has Moxey’s horoscopes– It is now called Happy Hour and has even more puzzles to keep you entertained for hours. And it’s not just puzzles – we will now have a competition each issue! Don’t miss out on this one – Send in your funniest Freshers’ Week story and you’ll have the chance to win an NUS card, a must-have for all students! It is the start of an exciting and important year for all of us so what are you waiting for, let’s do this!
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fter a great improvement in this year’s university league tables, Brunel was an obvious candidate for University of the Year. Earlier in 2012, we climbed nine places in the Complete University Guide and eight places in the Good University Guide. In The Guardian University Guide, Brunel were previously ranked 82 but jumped to 44 this year making us the biggest climber of any University. We also climbed 78 places in the National Student Survey for student satisfaction. Over the last year, the university has seen great improvements in research and the quality of the staff. We have even seen the likes of nationally acclaimed academics Will Self and Benjamin Zephaniah take up posts within the University.
Ben & Jerry’s – The Porno
a mother in China, who gave birth to 4 identical twins, has discovered a neat trick to telling her 4 sons apart. She has shaved the numbers one to four into each of their heads so that everyone can tell who is who, including their teacher, classmates and even their father.
Ben & Jerry’s, the well-known ice cream company, is suing a DVD pornography company after it used a series of its ice cream names as titles of its XXX films. The company said that these films were “smearing the reputation of their ice cream” after films called ‘Boston Cream Thigh’ and ‘Peanut Butter D-Cup’ were produced.
The Ken Barlow Prediction
Naked Prince Harry: The Game
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, has predicted that the world will ‘change dramatically’ this year on December 12th (12/12/12). He predicted that humans would begin to communicate telepathically after he claims a homeopathic doctor communicated with him as he slept.
Following Prince Harry’s nudity scandal, a Dutch gaming company has released an online game based on the events of the incident. The game, called ‘Save Harry’, sees you play as the Prince as he tries to avoid being photographed in the nude by half naked girls and hotel staff. Players can also collect items to cover Harry’s crown jewels.
Cait Davies is a third year student at Brunel. She said: “Over the years that I have been at the University, it has definitely improved. You never hear about Brunel, it’s always Oxford and Cambridge etc etc, so I’m really happy to hear that Brunel is finally getting some real recognition.”
The Outstanding Student Support award recognises the support that the university library dedicates to students. Our library has developed a lot over the last two years, creating a purpose-built space for 1 to 1 appointments, internet advice and teaching spaces.
The Brunel Business School is also up for an award after a change of enterprise a few years ago. We are now 45th in the world for Business and Management in the Guardian league tables. The Financial Times league tables for MSc in Business saw us overtake Durham, Manchester and Lancaster, leaving us in 56th place overall.
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Promise, the student union’s President said: “It brought me great joy to hear that the university has been nominated for the THE university of the year, am very proud to be a part of this university at the moment.”
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le nUrB gUiDe for freshers!
Top Ten Things you should Do..... and shouldn’t Do. When you first get to Brunel, there are some things that you have to do as a right of passage.
On the other hand, there are some things you just shouldn’t do. Consider this our warning to you .
Keep your door open & make your flatmates a cup of tea – don’t be anti-social. Be sure to keep your door open so people can come in and talk to you. Don’t lock yourself away in your first week, otherwise people will think of you like this all year.
Don’t wear a nametag – whilst you may want people to get to know you, wearing a name tag is definitely not the best way to do it. Usually a handshake or an appropriate grope are good icebreaker.
Try a new beverage – Be sure to try something new and consuming a new beverage is a great way to show off your newly found independence.
Don’t get on first name terms with security – especially during your first week. Don’t be a prat and start arguing with security. These guys have to look after you for the next 3 years so getting in their bad books in the first week probably isn’t the best way to go.
Run up the Uxbridge underpass – You’ll find this eventually but by the underpass near Uxbridge there is a nice ramp. If you ever run up this ramp, congratulations. You are now a Brunelian.
Find and meet Heinz Wolff – Not only is there a building named after him but he also has his own Nintendo DS game. Go and find the coolest man on campus.
Be careful around postgraduate students – most of them have a great distain for undergraduate students and don’t want to talk to you so be careful around them. Whatever you do, don’t make fun of their age.
Go to Freshers Fayre early – With so much free stuff available, getting there early is the only way to make sure you’ll get it all. If you end up going at 3 o’clock, everything decent will be gone.
Don’t leave your room open – when you leave for a lecture or, more likely, something else, it leaves your room open to be completely wrecked by your flat mates. For example, they can gut your room and re-arrange it in the kitchen or cover everything in unused Christmas wrapping paper. We welcome creative ideas here at Le Nurb.
Go to a lecture in your pyjamas – this may seem obvious but it is another right of passage. Realise you are 5 minutes late for a lecture, crawl out of bed, grab a notepad and run. Your lecturer won’t be impressed but your fellow students will. Check out what interests you at the Union– a shameless plug yes but all students will have something to do with the Union at some point. Be it a club or a society or even getting involved with Le Nurb, there is something for everyone. Take a picture with the Isambard Statue – if you can’t find him, then shame on you but the statue is by the Wilfred Brown building. Take a photo of you with him and send it to your auntie Betty with a postcard telling her how great Brunel is and how the weather is very average.
Don’t swim in the pond – even RaG don’t want to do this for charity.
Don’t buy a gym membership if you’re not going to use it – It may seem enticing but if you know if you’re not going to use the gym, don’t waste your money. Save it for your Xbox or shoes.
Seriously, DON’T swim in the pond – this is more of a medical warning than anything else.
Don’t get the Piccadilly Line – this is more for if you’re going to Central London. If you live on the Piccadilly Line, then you have no choice. Fact. The Metropoliton Line from Uxbridge is faster, shorter and has better trains.
Pub crawl with your flatmates through Uxbridge – it may not seem great but Uxbridge is full of pubs so it makes a great place for a pub crawl. Be sure to choose a theme. Here are some examples to help you: Golf, Star Trek, Michael McIntrye or Christmas (this last one is especially fun during the summer months).
If you do get the Piccadilly Line, don’t laugh every time Cockfosters is mentioned – that’s just juvenile. although it is hilarious. Ha. Cockfosters.
Enjoy the library at 3am – this can happen in your first week or by your third year but at some point you will be in the library at 3am trying to complete a deadline. Don’t avoid it because we all do it.
Don’t get the N207 – it goes to scary places. Stay in the safety of Uxbridge.
five fanTasTic flirTy fail-safe frases for filThy fUn for freshers. “Do your feet hurt because you’ve been running round my mind all day.” “You must be a parking ticket because you’ve got FINE written all over you.” “Do you have a map? Because I keep getting lost in your eyes.” “Do you believe in love at first sight or do I have to walk past again?” “You can call me Fred Flintstone, because I’m here to make your bed rock.”
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Things you never knew about Brunel. There are students from 110 different countries at Brunel.
Brunel racing team (our formula student team) were British champions in 2002.
Some of the fish in the pond are 25 years old.
Before a refurbishment of Locos, there used to be a moose head hanging in the bar. It was later given to a Rugby house on Kingston lane in 2005.
Parts of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ were filmed on campus. The university used to be a flower nursery There is a nuclear bunker on site. The large cluster of trees between Cleveland Road and the main car park used to be a train line for the nursery.
The School of Info Systems building used to be a hospital for infectious diseases. Margaret Thatcher, Jeremy Clarkson and Lee Mack all have honorary degrees.
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Someone once windsurfed across the pond dressed as A group of engineering Isambard Brunel. students once dismantled a lecturer’s mini and put it on The Howell Centre used to top of the Lecture Centre. be on stilts. The media office used to be a Brunel has an MRI, a flight prayer room. simulator, a Ford Fiesta rally The library entrance used to car and a 3D body scanner. be via stairs on to the first all Brunel students floor opposite Subway. were once banned from Portsmouth Union due The Isambard statue is lifesize. to an incident with a fire extinguisher and a Locos is named after the minibus (and the Brunel old train line. Rugby team!) Heinz Wolff used to have a TV show on the BBC, helped put the first woman into space and even has a Nintendo DS game. recycling finds fake underground maps confusing
Sometimes, things don’t always go to plan. But don’t panic There is always somebody around that will help you out. Here are a few crucial contacts if things go t*ts up. The Medical Centre – 01895 234426 or 01895 266904 The advice and Representation Centre - 01895 269 169 Call Security on 01895 255786 if you are in trouble. Counselling Services – 01895 265070 OR EMaIL: email@example.com
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Brunel takes over the games!
The social media games
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Brunel alumni (left) take the games by storm, placing in the finals of multiple events.
Nine alumni athletes competed in the Olympic Games back in July and August and two competed at the Paralympic Games. Team GB Hockey captain and Sports Science graduate, Kate Walsh was one of the undisputed heroes of the Games after coming back from a horrific injury to secure a bronze medal alongside her teammates. Walsh suffered a broken jaw after being accidentally hit in the face earlier in the tournament, but showed the Olympic spirit by coming back to help the team. She said: “I loved every minute of
men & Women’s hockey
Brunel’s tradition of creating top sportsmen and women continued this summer with a number of ex-students taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic games.
Paralympics Tom Aggar Rowing
Sarah Grady Wheelchair Basketball
I loved every minute of being out there.
The buzz around London 2012 was huge, many claimed it was the first Olympics to embrace social media; here’ s a look at some of the conversations that lead the pack.
being out there. I love playing for this team, I love leading this team and that’s all my thoughts were on once I fractured my jaw - getting back.” Another Sports Science graduate was the track athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton. The 2012 Games were an Olympic debut for ShakesDrayton and she impressed by coming third in her 400m hurdles semi final and helping the 4x400m relay team finish 5th.
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Also worth an honourable mention is the Paralympian Natasha Baker. Whilst she may not have attended Brunel University, the Uxbridge local won gold in the Paralympic Grade II Equestrian event meaning there is now a golden post box in the town centre.
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Korean olympic team credit their success to Brunel STEPHANIE WAREHAM The Republic of Korea finished fifth in the medal table and state success was due to Brunel training facilities and “delicious” Korean food.
“Korean media descend on Brunel” Brunel University Photostream Flicker
The Korean Olympic team have dedicated their sporting success to their pre-Games training camp at Brunel. The team, who arrived on the 20th July, had access to the sport halls and exercise studio on campus as well as the 50m swimming pool at the Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex
in Gatting Way, Uxbridge. Lee Kee-Heung, the team’s Chief Delegate, said: “This is the best thing we have done at these Olympics as a delegation. The training base allowed athletes to train with proper partners, served them delicious and nutritious Korean food, and offered medical care.” The Republic of Korea finished fifth overall in the Olympic medal table, taking home 28 medals, including 13 golds. The athletes’ training camp attracted huge media attention back home, with a number of popular newspapers and TV channels covering their arrival on campus.
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“It’s gold for Korea’s Women Archery Team, You’re welcome”
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Usain ‘lightning’ Bolt says thank you to Brunel
The fastest man on two legs, Usain Bolt, gives a shout out to Brunel University for their suppor t during the Olympics.
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They really show us a lot of love and we get a lot of support from everyone there, so thank you guys
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plan to use social media regularly
12% plan on never using social media
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The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, struck gold three times at this year’s London 2012 Olympics. The reigning Olympic champion followed his Beijing success with gold in the men’s 100m final, 200m final and 4×100 relay.
They really show us a lot of love and we get a lot of support from everybody there, so thank you guys.”
During an interview with BBC Sport, the athlete made special mention of Brunel University and thanked everyone there. He said: “Brunel is awesome! The university has really done great for us. We come here every summer [and] that’s where we stay.
The University has been a training ground for the gold medallist for the past couple of years. Bolt had been training every summer prior to the games at the University in preparation, where he used the campus’ indoor athletics track and facilities. Every time he was on campus, there was always a buzz. News of the athletes’ presence on campus spread like wildfire at University, where many students tried to snap pictures of the world famous athlete in action. Brunel University’s active involvement in celebrating the London Olympics was something
“Bolt “lightening” up the Indoor Athetics Centre” Brunel University Photostream Flicker
Brunel plays host to canadian athletics Paralympic team. The Canadian Brunel’s London 2012 Athletics contribution Paralympic team were welcomed to continued the Brunel campus with the Paralympics. for their pre-games training camp.
“Atheletes praise Brunel’s facilities” Brunel University Photostream Flicker
The team of twenty-two athletes arrived on the 22nd of August and took advantage of the universities sporting facilities before leaving on the 29th for the Olympic village. The university offers some of the best sports and athletics facilities in the UK.
These include an indoor centre for track and field, an outdoor six-lane 400-metres track, and exercise facilities for fitness and weight training. As well as the state of the art Indoor Athletics Centre and outdoor facilities, Brunel was chosen due to the cutting edge research it has done into factors that could help the Paralympic athletes. The facilities at Brunel were also praised by the Canadian Head Paralympic Coach. At the time of writing the athletics team had won nine medals in total; one gold, five silver and three bronze and had the chance to add to their tally with two days of competition remaining.
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everyone within the University felt proud of, especially having been host to an Olympic athlete like Usain Bolt. Brunel student Tanabe Ayane said: “I felt really proud of my University when I knew that Usain Bolt has trained at Brunel. I think it is a wonderful thing that Brunel University could have become a part of London 2012 and supported Olympic athletes by providing the facilities to them.” Bolt has just finished the last leg of his athletic season at the Diamond League in Brussels. But the world certainly waits and wonders as to when this selfproclaimed ‘living legend’ will next hit our television screens again? Can Bolt strike Olympic glory a third time? Rio 2016 awaits.
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BBs gets a new home
“ A building fit for the 21st Century”
“Eastern Gateway houses the main reception, a 400 seat lecture theatre and an art gallery”
New year and a new building for Brunel Business School.
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Brunel Business School has moved to a new setting, as the building on Kingston Lane is finally complete. The new Eastern Gateway building also serves as the main reception of Brunel University. The School, and its students, are expected to start using the building at the start of the new academic term this September.
The Brunel Business School was previously located around different parts of the University’s campus. This included the Elliot Jacques, Michael Sterling and Russell Building. But as construction of the building finished earlier this year, and on schedule, the new building gives the Business School a new home with new seminar rooms, lecture halls and office spaces; and they can all be found in the same place. The Eastern Gateway building, located facing the Kingston Lane roundabout, is directly opposite the Mary Seacole building. With over 100 members of staff and over 2000 students, the new space will provide “7000m²
over four f loors, with 4000m² of custom designed space” to facilitate its faculty and students. The buildings interiors and exteriors are both modern built and also built to be ecofriendly to provide a “very green environment to work and study in”. With this new working environment, Brunel Business School hopes to “invigorate the community spirit in the school and provide state of the art facilities” for everyone to enjoy. Students joining this academic year, including those returning back to Brunel this year, have the opportunity to be the first users of the building and its facilities.
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7000m2 over four floors. with 4000m2 of custom designed space to facilicate its faculty and students
Many have already been anticipating its opening and the time has finally come. As stated by Brunel Business School themselves: “Staff and students are excited to occupy this excellent space and enjoy some of the best facilities on the entire university campus”.
Brunel ready to help stranded students ZK GOH Brunel University has offered to help foreign students at London Metropolitan University (LMU) stranded by a decision to withdraw their visas.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) stripped LMU of its visa sponsoring licence late last month following concerns over the right of some of its non-EU students to remain in the country legally. The move left some legitimate LMU students in limbo, and Brunel International say they are offering support to LMU and some of its students. Acting director of operations at Brunel International, Claire Collingwood said: “We are in contact with a
LMU students who are looking for possible alternatives and we are discussing their options with them on a case by case basis. We will also be offering our help to staff and students at LMU when the proposed Clearing house opens in September.” Currently, non-EU students at LMU face being made to leave the UK without completing their studies as their visas are no longer being sponsored by one of UKBA's “highly trusted sponsors”. However, Collingwood said there was no chance of something similar happening at Brunel. “Brunel has a detailed system in place for monitoring of compliance with the rules from application stage, to enrolment, and through regular monitoring of attendance/engagement throughout a student's course,” she said. “There is no reason for Brunel students – past, present or future, to be concerned.
“Brunel’s here to help” Brunel University Photostream Flicker
Brunel University has a licence and is a highly trusted sponsor. The UKBA's recent check of Brunel's compliance was successful and the UKBA have expressed no concerns.” While the news comes as a blow to the British higher education sector as a whole, Collingwood insisted that LMU was an “isolated case”.
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“Brunel International will be working hard to ensure that potential students, parents and overseas education partners understand that there are no concerns for students interested in studying at Brunel, and that the UK, and Brunel University, is an excellent choice for their studies,” she added.
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University students unable to pay for prescriptions
Brunel welcomes new catering facilities
The preliminary research was conducted by Gurinder Singh as part of a dissertation for his Pharmacy Masters degree. Mr Singh was surprised by his findings and ‘didn’t expect so many to be so willing not to get their medicines.’ Nick Smith, 22, a second year engineering student at Brunel recently visited a doctor for a skin condition. He said: “Students shouldn’t have to pay for their prescriptions. I couldn’t pay for mine because I didn’t have the money. The prescription prices can be higher than buying over-the-counter which is ridiculous.”
The required forms are cumbersome and confusing
The current charge is £7.65 and several students aged 17 and under, with ongoing conditions could chose to forego treatment due to tight budgets. The Department of Health stated that that this is not unjustified as other forms of financial support such as child benefit and state funded education end at 19. Students are eligible for a low-income exception but they claimed that the required forms are cumbersome and confusing. Mr Smith said: “The application process is far too slow; I think it should be assessed online, individual forms for students and should allow Student Finance England to share it.” Despite submitting the forms it is highly likely that students might not qualify for the scheme one year of their study but might do another year. However, Tamsin Salfrais, second year Journalism Student at Brunel said: “I think it’s better to apply than not get a prescription at all, especially if it’s a serious condition or if it could lead to something even more serious.”
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NIRVANA RAMTIRAT A recent study suggests that many university students in England would choose not to take what the doctor ordered rather than pay high prescription costs. According to the research, 70% of students are less likely to get their prescription dispensed because of the high prescription charges that they are required to pay.
Brunel University’s Motorsport team overcame several obstacles over the year to participate at the annual Formula Student contest this summer.
“Out with the old and in with the new; Modern twists into university buildings” Brunel University Photostream Flicker
Modern revamp and new faces for the centre of Brunel
Students, both new and returning, are welcoming the site of brand new catering facilities that were built over the summer. Brunel University has replaced two long-standing facilities with brand new, better-known companies. Campus has said farewell to Café Rococo, which employs student staff, and replaced it with a more traditional Costa Coffee, including a redesigned seating area. Prontos, which is is well known for student late night eating, especially after a night in Academy, has also been replaced with a Subway sandwich shop.
It is not yet confirmed whether the facility will be open in the early hours of the morning or not, just like it’s predecessor. The changes are coming as a result of the University and the Union re-evaluating their current facilities after the last 5 years. Brunel decided that “with students paying £9,000 in tuition fees, then they should be providing more to the students and a better value for money”, according to Student Union President Promise Phillips. Some students are concerned about the impact these companies will have on campus. Politics student Jade Doswell said “ I think Subway is a healthier replacement for Prontos, but the decision to sell Starbucks on campus is terrible;
I am really disappointed Brunel is allowing such a company to profit on our premises. University services should be local and student-based, not corporatised.” Other changes include a new Starbucks machine in Loco’s, the Union bar, and changes to the Universities quick stop shops in the Lecture Centre and the Eastern Gateway. They are not the only changes expected, as more are coming in the next few months. More, the university canteen, is expected to undergo a makeover and become the Social Kitchen, whilst The Hub is expected to become a redesigned bar called Mezz by Christmas.
The chimes student Zone AMANJEET GILL Students will be able to enjoy exclusive discounts from up to 30% off throughout stores in the centre, which would not be available during normal shopping hours. There will also be live entertainment throughout the day, as well as a variety of competitions and giveaways.
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“Popcorn at the ready for Student Lock-In at The Chimes”
A new Student Students have Zone has been often found introduced by it difficult in finding things The Chimes to do within the borough, and therefore have had to travel elsewhere. However, now, with the help
of The Chimes, students will be able to find what they are looking for right on their doorstep. There will be a range of eventful days taking place throughout the year, from exclusive shopping days with discounts to live entertainment. The Chimes will be holding a first ever ‘Student Lock In,’ which will take place in October.
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Donna Watson, Marketing Manager of The Chimes said: “The idea to set up the Student Zone was to give students an exclusive place where they can find all of the latest deals, discounts and opportunities available to them at The Chimes with ease. We also wanted to have better interactivity with students and to try to create a network of students in the area.” Student Cinema Nights is also something The Chimes has been working on, which will complement the Student Lock In event. One day a week, students will be able to watch a variety of classic cult films at a discounted price.
The event took place at Silverstone on the 14th and 15th July with over 130 teams from over 34 countries across the globe competing. During the course of the year the team called Brunel Racing which comprises of Motor Sport Engineering students faced several setbacks whilst building the car which is a hybrid chassis with a speed of 100mph named BR-13. Duncan McKay, team member and Motorsport Engineering student said: “Despite the top speed being 100mph, the acceleration from a standstill is comparable to that of many supercars. For the initial part of the year the motor sport lab was being refurbished so the team had to delay building and during exam periods there were insufficient volunteers. Because of this, the team had limited time to test BR-13 before the Silverstone competition and heavy rains during the weekend where another concern. Duncan McKay, said: “But we are a British team, so we stuck it out with grim determination and the sun came out at the end of the weekend.”
Throughout the year they were plagued with obstacles
Despite the setbacks, BR-13 managed to compete in all the events but due to a stalling issue, it was unable to complete the 22k Endurance event which cost a large number of points. Nicholas Smith, Motorsport Engineering student said: “I think we did well under the circumstances. I think with the next car we design we just need to keep it a bit simpler to allow us time to test it properly.” Duncan McKay said: “I have a lot of respect for what the team achieved at Silverstone. Throughout the year they were plagued with obstacles that most teams would not normally have to face.” The team are encouraging students to come and volunteer or view the car in their new lab located at the base of Tower D.
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introducing your student officers Peter Smallwood
VP ACADEMIC REPRESENTATION
VP COMMUNITY WELFARE
VP STUDENT ACTIVITIES
James considers the student community and the welfare of students at Brunel. He oversees some of the services offered by the Union, and runs campaigns.
Gary leads the way in sport, societies and RAG activity around campus. Get in touch with him, and get engaged with Brunel life!
Peter is here to promote, encourage and extend academic representation at the University, and to lead on academic policy and oversee the Student Rep scheme. What is your nickname: Smallwood, Pete, Mr Vice President What degree did you do: Politics What halls were you in during Freshers: My House, so I love every halls equally! What was your favourite Olympic sport: Diving or anything with topless men What would your last meal be: Fish and Chips
What is your favourite movie: Brassed Off
UBS PRESIDENT As UBS President, Promise is the nominal head of the Union. He oversees its democracy and is involved in all the aspects that the Union brings you. What is your nickname: James Blake What degree did you do: Financial computing What halls were you in during Freshers: Clifton- The best halls ever!! What was your favourite Olympic sport: 400m What would your last meal be: Jollof Rice What is your favourite movie: King arthur and Lord of the Rings Return of the King (part 3) What is your guilty pleasure: Women? What do you think is the best thing about Brunel: The one campus structure Most unusual thing to happen to you at Brunel: I was shocked when this really hot girl said she liked me Best thing that has happened to you at Brunel: I guess when I got my degree, it made me happy that I have met one of my life goals Any tips to this years Freshers: ask lots of questions, QUESTION EVERYTHING! Contact Promise: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook.com/brunel.pres @brunelpres 01895 266 623
What is your guilty pleasure: Lefties :P What do you think is the best thing about Brunel: The Student Union (Obviously) Most unusual thing to happen to you at Brunel: Getting a standing ovation in Locos after singing Goldfinger or running a “Drag Bingo” session dressed as my split personality Nina VanDick Best thing that has happened to you at Brunel: I think graduating after countless months of hard work, has to be up there. It made my parents really proud! Any tips to this year’s Fresher’s: These are the best few years of your life. Embrace and enjoy every opportunity that you are presented with, leave with no regrets.
What is your nickname: Jimbob, Jimmy Ward, Socrates What degree did you do: Politics and History What halls were you in during Freshers: The Mighty Mill Hall
What degree did you do: Sports Science (Exercise and Fitness) What halls were you in during Freshers: Fleming
What was your favourite Olympic sport: athletics
What was your favourite Olympic sport: Boxing, Track cycling, wheelchair tennis
What would your last meal be: Something involving chicken with cake for dessert
What would your last meal be: Meatballs and pasta topped with cheese and herbs
What is your favourite movie: Coming to america
What is your favourite movie: Remember the titans
What is your guilty pleasure: I do not even have one, I don’t feel guilt for anything I ever do LOL
What is your guilty pleasure: Bubble baths with scented candles!!
What do you think is the best thing about Brunel: The opportunities
What do you think is the best thing about Brunel: We are here as one, a huge family that continues to push the boundaries and thrive!
Most unusual thing to happen to you at Brunel: We were in the library and this guy was acting really suspicious, he claimed he was a secret agent and we were fully questioning him and talking to him. He remained secretive about everything and then he got chased through the library by security and a library an assistant and then was removed. Turned out that he was drunk. Best thing that has happened to you at Brunel: Winning an award I knew nothing about at Graduation any tips to this years Freshers: Get involved and have fun! If you want something ask, the worst is that someone will say no!
Contact Peter Email: vp.academicrep@brunel. ac.uk Facebook.com/vp.academicrep @BrunelVPAR 01895 267 603
What is your nickname: Keeno/ GOB
Contact James: Email: vp.communitywelfare@ brunel.ac.uk Facebook.com/ vp.communitywelfare 01895 266 624
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Most unusual thing to happen to you at Brunel: Spending freshers week in isolation in hospital on two drips Best thing that has happened to you at Brunel: My proudest moment at Brunel has to be everything to do with the Olympics, the attention we’ve received, the feedback from all walks of life and the many thousands of people (young and old) that we have inspired. I don’t think I have been prouder. any tips to this years Freshers? Get involved in everything you can at Brunel. Engage yourself fully in and outside of your degree. The more you get involved the more Brunel will be the reason for many of your life successes!
Contact Gary: Email: vp.activities@brunel. ac.uk Facebook.com/ vpstudentactivities
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