Chris Moyles to study at Brunel?
The veteran Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles is to study a course at Brunel University. The DJ posted a picture of an email from Brunel on A level results day to his Twitter account. The email showed that Moyles has been offered an unconditional place at Brunel, although it is not clear what course he is to study. Le Nurb hopes to hear the Radio 1 breakfast show host on Radio Brunel very soon.
Radio Brunel to move buildings
After a planned refurbishment was postponed due to surveyors finding asbestos in the student media building, Radio Brunel is to move temporarily to the Artaud radio suite while building work is undertaken. Fans will be pleased to hear that a schedule will be in place for the first term and Radio Brunel will continue to broadcast while the refurbishment is under way. The work is expected to be completed by Christmas.
UBS welcomes new staff
New paid staff members have joined the UBS team for the new academic year. Tommy Browne will be taking the role of Student Activities Manager while former student and VPCW candidate Kerri Prince will be working as Community Development Coordinator. Browne has a background in media and radio, and is a keen amateur dramatic. Prince is known around campus as a political activist, prominent last year in both Feminism Society and Labour Society. Additionally, UBS has welcomed Debbie Weekes as Assistant Venues Manager after the departure of popular Loco’s man Lamarr Douglas to Harvester. Meanwhile, Alex Clifford takes up the newly created position of Digital Engagement Coordinator, in charge of all of UBS's online communications, including Twitter and Vine.
Lecture Centre undergoes renovations
The Lecture Centre has undergone renovations over the summer as structural damage has caused the building to disintegrate in places, exposing steel frameworks to the elements. The Lecture Centre is a grade II listed building which needs consistent renovations in order to maintain its structural safety.
Graduation at Brunel listed in top ten most expensive
Brunel has been featured in a top ten list for the most expensive UK universities from which to graduate. The report, produced by The Tab, ranked university graduation costs based on two guests, and priced a Brunel graduation at £95. Summer 2014 graduations at Brunel cost £45 (for robe and mortar board hire) plus £25 per guest ticket. Two guest tickets were guaranteed for each student, with optional extras like photography, t-shirts and limited extra tickets available to purchase on the day.
Green gym opens in Crank Gardens
Students who have stayed in the area over the summer have been enjoying the newly-built Green Gym, situated in the Crank Gardens and free to use. The Gym boasts a number of exercise apparatus which all have charging points attached, allowing users to charge electronic devices while exercising. The project was headed up last year by former VPSA Cam McKirdy and VPCW James Ward.
Brunel climbs to 25th place for overall student satisfaction
89% of Brunel students were satisfied with their overall university experience, the National Student Survey has revealed. The survey results mean that Brunel now places 25th out of 154 higher education institutions for overall satisfaction, a thirty place climb compared to 2013. The NSS also revealed that 100% of Physiotherapy students were satisfied with their course, making Brunel top in the country for the subject. Vice-Chancellor Julia Buckingham said, “I’m absolutely delighted that Brunel has performed so well in this year’s survey. Not only is it a reflection of the huge importance the university places on the student experience, but it is also recognition of the exceptional effort and commitment that all academic and professional staff have shown over the past year.”
Brunelian wins top design prize for adjustable sandal
A Brunel student, Elizabeth White, has won the New Designers Mars Award for her design idea, which was showcased at the New Designers 2014 exhibition at the Business Design Centre in London. The product is a child’s sandal which grows in size to accommodate the child’s growing feet, using a series of loops and detachable straps. White, whose prize was £1,000 and a two week work placement, said, “It was a real pleasure to meet and introduce my work to the judges and to see their enthusiasm for the sandal. To go in and win this award is a real honour.”