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January 2013 - Le Nurb

Business Life has launched its new portal SAMIYA SAJJAD Business Life ended the first term by holding a festive Winter Party for staff and students on 14th December 2012. The open day was held in the new Eastern Gateway building and had fun activities for students to enjoy as they learnt more about the employability programme Business Life offers. The inviting and friendly environment included an assortment of snacks, and activities such as karaoke and table football. Students that attended were able to speak to Business Life Ambassadors as they gave advice and parted general tips. The Business Life team answered questions about ‘the employability programme, the new personalised portal, and Jobsavvigrad’. The event celebrated the festive season and essentially informed Business School students about its new portal. Heather Carr, who is Business Life’s Project Leader said: “After working with students and staff about developing a personalised student portal, we are pleased to have now launched a one-stop shop where students can book employability skills workshops & events, view their recorded portfolio of achievements, download certificates and see recommended skills workshops. This is the first of its kind for students within Brunel University.” The re-vamped Business Life portal provides students with an easier and more customised interface where the portal can be accessed both on and off campus. Students can simply log via their student i.d and network password. One its’ new features also includes the ability for students to be able to print out their certificates from the site itself. Many students that have accessed the portal have found the new site to be better than before and like its simplicity. Business student Olga Tihomirova said: “I like the new design of the Business Life Portal. The navigation is straightforward and intuitive and it is very easy to use”. The new Business Life Portal is just one of the exciting things in store for Business School students. Business Life has shared that there are many more exciting events planned for the academic year. Students can next look forward to the BEST 2013 networking event that will be held in the near future.


Who said there was a recession?


Over £1 Billion was spent in 2012 downloading music, films and games, statistics released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) have revealed. The amount of money produced by digital content (1.033b) increased by 11.4% on the previous year’s total resulting in a landmark figure. More than half of downloads purchased (£552m) are video games while music (£383m) and film (£98m) make up the rest of the sales. Director General of the ERA, Kim Bayley, praised the ‘incredible achievement’ of breaking the billion pound barrier in spite of the economy. “This reflects the huge investment in new and innovative services - which means you can buy music, video and games literally at any time of the day and wherever you are.” Sales of physical CD’s, DVD’s, Blu-rays and video games took a turn for the worse, falling by 17.6%. Figures showed CD album sales

declined nearly 20% to 69.4m copies, although digital album sales rose by 14.8% to 30.5m. The visible increase in people buying downloads comes after the news that high-street stores such as HMV are suffering “material uncertainty.” Bayley is not alarmed by this because “many people will be surprised to learn just how resilient the physical business still is- with three-quarters of entertainment sales still on disc.” “Downloads offer convenience and portability, but people still seem to value the quality and tangibility of a physical product.” 2012 will of course be remembered for the successful London Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. However, the annual figures show that it was an important year of change in the entertainment industry as a quarter of the market is now digital. Chief Executive of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI),

Geoff Taylor attributed the growth in downloads to the year of celebrations when the UK was in the international limelight. Another factor is the “new services enabled by record labels” which means that “music fans are now streaming millions of songs”. He acknowledged that “market conditions remained difficult and pressure on the ‘leisure wallet’ impacted music sales on the high street.” Taylor also argues “the quality of our music and digital innovation by UK labels means we have excellent potential for domestic growth and to increase our share of the global music market.” “We hope government will recognise the potential of digital music to contribute to economic recovery and provide more active support in 2013.” Industry experts argue that more still needs to be done, particularly in regards to illegal downloading, to make sure that the entertainment business continues to thrive.

Six Foot Long Subway



Paralympic gold medalist and former Brunel Student awarded MBE STEPHANIE WAREHAM

A former Brunel student who won two gold medals in the London 2012 Paralympic Games has been nominated for an MBE. Natasha Baker, 23, a paraequestrian rider from Uxbridge has been chosen to receive an MBE for services to sport in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List. The double gold-medalist told how she cried tears of joy as she learned she had been nominated for the prestigious award. She said: “It’s such a massive honour, it really has topped off an amazing year.” Natasha began horse-riding after physiotherapists told her it would help relieve pain in her back caused by the neurological disorder that she contracted as a baby, transverse myelitis. She hopes that her success in the dressage events in the summer games will open the sport to a wider audience: “Nobody really knew what dressage was before 2012 but now we are known as the dancing horses, so it’s great to put dressage on the map and encourage new young athletes to get involved in equestrian sports”.

GEORGE BOWDEN The stereotypes of student life include a constant need for food, satisfied only by cheap tinned beans and sliced white bread.

However a group of first-year students were keen to challenge the norms of student living by purchasing a six-foot long Subway sandwich, the first to be produced at Brunel. The super-sub took three hours to be handcrafted

by a team of Subway staff. The process included thawing the bread and platting it together, before baking it piece by piece in the traditional Subway process. The group of five, Tevin Tom, Mandeep Singh, Jordan Rugema, Christian Heath and Cristian Lacob, decided to club together to buy the feast which was delivered to them during a ceremony in the Brunel store on Friday. The £80 mega-Sub, needed a three person lift to navigate the package through campus.

When asked why they had bought the sandwich one of the group simply said: “We were hungry.” The group choose a bizarre array of fillings which included a mix of veg, Chicken Teriyaki and Meatball Marinara among others. A spokesperson for Brunel Subway, said: “This is the first six-foot long Subway produced at Brunel. While we do need a bit of notice, we will offer this service to anyone up for the challenge.”


Issue 4 2012/13