My Placement Year: The First Few Months

by Sophie Vernon, BSc Motorsports Technology student.

Hello everyone! I’m Sophie and I’m a placement student currently working within a precision engineering company in Birmingham called Brandauer. Many students work in design engineering during their placement, but I wanted to do something different than what I’m used to at University. So, when I went on placement, I chose a role as a Continuous Improvement Engineer.

Essentially my role involves working on projects to improve various areas of the business. I work across all departments with every member of the company, and seeing how every department operates has already given me in depth knowledge of the industry. I’ve also found the role very rewarding as I see immediate effects after putting my projects in place. Don’t get me wrong, in no way is it easy to change the way people think and work, but once you get the ball rolling people become less afraid of change and more willing to embrace it.

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Student Societies: BCU Racing

BCU Racing is a student-led team that competes in the Formula Student Challenge in July each year. Formula Student is an event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and over 150 teams from all across the world have the chance to design, build, and race their cars at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix. 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the Formula Student event, so it’s an exciting time to get involved!

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The strength to last the distance

by Richard Blagrove, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for BSc Sport and Exercise Science.

In October, our engineering lecturer Laura will be taking part in her first marathon, the Birmingham Marathon, which finishes outside our Faculty home Millennium Point. In her last post, Laura explained what made her decide to take on this challenge. Today we have a guest post from Richard, from the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences here at Birmingham City University. Richard has been helping Laura train for the big day.

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The long, slow journey to my first marathon

by Laura Leyland, Senior Lecturer in Engineering.

In October, our engineering lecturer Laura will be taking part in her first marathon, the Birmingham Marathon, which finishes outside our Faculty home Millennium Point. In future posts, we will look at how she has been working with colleagues from the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences to prepare for this challenge. In this first blog, Laura explains what made her decide to take on this challenge.

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Brilliant inventions that shaped our world

Did you know that the first person to talk about ‘de-bugging’ a computer was Admiral Grace Hopper in the 1940s? Admiral Hopper was a pioneer of computer programming, and worked on Harvard’s Mark I computer, a five-ton, room-size machine. She used the term ‘de-bugging’ in a very literal way when she had to remove a moth from the machine. Hopper’s commitment to the idea of machine-independent programming languages led to the development of COBOL, an early programming language which is still in use today.

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Celebrating Women in Architecture on #EthelDay

The name ‘Ethel Day’ is inspired by Ethel Mary Charles, the first woman to join the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Ethel joined RIBA on 5 July 1898, and the attitudes of the time meant that her journey into architecture was not straightforward. As a woman, she was barred from attending the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and she struggled to obtain commercial development projects, which were reserved for male architects. Things have come a long way in the last 119 years, and we have seen lots of women making history in built environment, engineering, and architecture roles.

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Celebrating Women in Engineering and the Built Environment

by Georgia Clark, MEng Mechanical Engineering student.

On 23 June, staff and students from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment celebrated International Women in Engineering Day by hosting a special event for Year 9 pupils from across Birmingham. Mechanical Engineering student, Georgia Clark, has written us an account of the day.

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Lilly’s placement with Renault Formula One #INWED17

Tomorrow is International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED17), and this week we’re celebrating some of our female academics and students on our Twitter and Facebook pages. At Birmingham City University we are committed to advancing the careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), and we recently won an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, honouring our work in combating gender inequality.

We interviewed Liliana Lauko, one of our Engineering students who did a year-long placement in the design department of the Renault Formula One team, about how her work placement has helped her studies and her career. Lilly has had the opportunity to work on the cars driven at circuits around the world, and she has even designed some of her own parts for the race cars to improve their performance.

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How Birmingham can help to clean urban air

by Dr Michaela Kendall, Visiting Professor.

Air Pollution in Cities is Nothing New

Since the VW emissions scandal broke, air pollution in cities has remained a top public health concern. With such stories rarely out of the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that something has recently emerged from medical science illustrating the dangers of combustion-generated air pollution to human health.

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