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Made in Brunel – a time for students to shine

Through a series of industry evenings, employer networking events and workshops, Made in Brunel gives design and engineering graduates from Brunel University London a chance to discuss their final projects with industry leaders and kick-start their careers.

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This year the event theme was ‘only the beginning’ which encouraged students to consider how the learning experience at Brunel has prepared them for their future endeavours. Made in Brunel challenges students to create design products that not only look good, but also work well or solve problems.

Case study of a final project: Solveiga Pakštaitė

Solveiga Pakštaitė (pictured above), a 22-year-old Brunel University London Design alumna, created Bump Mark, a bioreactive food label that offers a clear indication of when food is starting to deteriorate. She was recently awarded a national James Dyson scholarship award for the project.

The bioreactive gelatine label is completely smooth when food is fresh, but once a bump develops, due to the gelatine breaking down, it means that the food should be thrown away. As gelatine is protein, it decays at the same rate as protein-based foods like meat.

Solveiga was originally inspired by her research into unnecessary food wastage, use-by dates and improving food expiry information for blind and visually impaired people. The issue she found was that ‘best before’, ‘sell-by’ and ‘use-by’ dates all rely on visual identification. Food dates have also been criticised for being inaccurate or misleading, meaning that fresh food is often thrown away unnecessarily.

Commenting on the project and the Dyson accolade, Solveiga said: “I never expected to win because it was always such an experimental project. I think that Brunel is a great place to push boundaries and I saw my major project as an opportunity to pursue something really different.”

Solveiga has a patent pending on the invention and is talking to several contacts about taking the idea further.

Design and Engineering Courses at Brunel

Brunel University London is a modern, campus-based university, providing a world class education. The university has particular strengths in the areas of design and engineering and offers a wide range of courses from Product Design to Industrial and Multimedia Design. You can find a list of all courses offered at Brunel here.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama offers ground-breaking performing arts degree in beatboxing

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For the first time, students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama will be able to study beatboxing and performance poetry thanks to a new, ground-breaking undergraduate degree course. The BA Performance and Creative Enterprise aims to train young musicians, theatre-makers, spoken-word artists and beatboxers to be highly employable artists. Beatboxing is the art […]

LSE student changes lives in Africa

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Maya Linstrum-Newman, a Master of Law student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has founded a project which has helped to improve the lives of a group of under-nourished prisoners in Malawi. The Prison Harvests Project aims to provide inmates of a prison in south east Africa with sustainable farming skills […]

Applying for an undergraduate degree

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If you want to study a Bachelor degree in London, read the information below to find out how to apply. How do I apply for a Bachelor degree in the UK? Applications for bachelor degrees are submitted using the UCAS website. ‘UCAS’, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is the official UK government approved application […]

The success of our London Ambassadors

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The London Ambassador scheme, organised by a group of London universities (London Universities International Partnership), has been running for two years now, giving international students an opportunity to experience London through a variety of events and sharing their experience with others who are thinking of coming to London. Adil Hossain and Zafar Khurshid are two […]

Studying at Birkbeck – interview with Cemal from Turkey

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Cemal studies MSc Sports Management and the Business of Football at Birkbeck, University of London. Having worked for the Turkish Basketball Federation for several years, and being a former athlete himself, Cemal was keen to develop his knowledge of the management of sports and felt the course was the perfect fit for him. He says: […]

Ground-breaking scholarship programme for postgraduate art and design students

The Abraaj Innovation Scholars: Derya Adiyaman from Turkey, Burachat Ratanasuwan from Thailand, Ermina Takenova from Kazakhstan and Sheroy Katila from India pictured with Sajid Javid MP (centre) and Mr Arif Naqvi from The Abraaj Group (second right). The fifth scholar, Julieta Cortés Garcia from Mexico was unable to attend.

The Royal College of Art (RCA), the world’s most influential university of design and art, and the Abraaj Group have launched the ‘Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship programme’, the largest international scholarship programme in the creative postgraduate sector Each year for the next five years, Abraaj will support five outstanding individuals from across Africa, Asia, Latin […]

London is the best place on earth for university education

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London has the greatest concentration of first class universities of any city in the world, according to a prestigious ranking of higher education institutions. In the Times Higher Education rankings, London has four universities in the top 40, more than any other city. London also has seven universities in the top 200, which is the […]

Students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance record charity single

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Radio station Classic FM has brought together students and alumni from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with the leading lights from the classical music world to create a new charity single.  The single will be recorded on 9 October and released on 10 October to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise. Global’s […]

Guildhall School of Music and Drama students take shows to underprivileged children in Romania

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A group of students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama have come together to create the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company to create children’s shows from scratch. The shows are then taken abroad to be performed in orphanages, hospitals and under-privileged schools in countries with high child poverty. They have now competed two trips […]

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