University of Southern Denmark - ISUAbroad

University of Southern Denmark - ISUAbroad

Brunel Universit y Uxbridge, West London, England (UK) History Brunel is one of a number of British universities created in the 1960s following the Robbins Report on higher education. The university's origins lie in Acton Technical College, which was split into two in 1957 Acton Technical College continued to cater for technicians and craftsmen, and the new Brunel College of Technology (named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a famous British civil engineer from the Industrial Revolution) was dedicated to the education of chartered (licensed) engineers. In 1960 Brunel College of Technology was awarded the status of College of Advanced Technology, and it was decided that it should expand at another site in order to accommodate the extra buildings that would be needed. Uxbridge, Hillingdon was chosen to house the new buildings, and work hadnt even started before the Ministry of Education officially changed the Colleges status: it was officially named Brunel College of Advanced Technology in 1962 the 10th Advanced Technology College in the country, and the last to be awarded this title.

The Uxbridge (Vine Street) railway branch line was closed in 1964, and the college purchased the land adjacent to its site where the railway had run from the local council. The Royal Charter granting university status was awarded on 9 June 1966. The University continued to use both campuses until 1971 when it finally left the Acton site. In 1980 the University merged with Shoreditch College of Education, located at Coopers Hill, Runnymede. This became Brunel's second campus. In 1995 the University expanded again, integrating the West London Institute of Higher Education, and adding campuses in Osterley and Twickenham. This increased the number of courses that Brunel University was able to offer. Traditionally the university's strengths were in engineering, science, technology and social sciences, but with the addition of the West London Institute, new departments such as arts, humanities, geography & earth science, health and sports science were added, and the size of the student body increased to over 12,000. In recent years Brunel has been the subject of controversy as its approach to higher education has been both market-driven and politically conservative. In 2004, the then Vice-Chancellor Steven Schwartz initiated the reorganization of the university's faculties and departments into schools, and closed the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. The present Vice-Chancellor, the sociologist Christopher Jenks, took office in 2006. In June of 2011, Brunel University licensed Creative barcode, an automated idea sharing platform which protects ownership of early stage ideas. History Engineering Programs

Offered Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering Civil Engineering Design Electronic & Computer Engineering Mechanical Engineering Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) The Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) at Brunel is one of the first integrated innovative engineering disciplines in the United Kingdom. With four MSc programs and world class research in advanced manufacturing technology, enterprise

engineering and engineering management, this is truly a place where cutting edge research brings the frontiers of science and technology to postgraduate and undergraduate students. The high standard of their research feeds directly into curriculum design and their teaching, ensuring that graduates are equipped with the most up-to-date techniques, methods and knowledge bases. Their teaching has an excellent reputation and is orientated to the expressed needs of modern enterprises and the industry. Furthermore, their investment in laboratory facilities and staff ensures that they can provide an excellent experience in a friendly and supportive environment. With around 150 postgraduate students Civil Engineering at Brunel University brings together the traditional and cutting edge aspects of the subject to supply graduates needed in the 21st Century. Their aim is to extend the boundaries of knowledge and produce graduates with experience, skills and the ability to innovate, who can provide the next

generation of essential facilities such as sustainable building construction, roads, bridges, tunnels, flood protection, waste recycling and construction management. A core part of their ethos is sustainability, paralleling the cradle-to-grave approach promoted by major national and international Engineering organizations. Their technical facility, the Joseph Bazalgette Laboratories, has recently seen considerable investment in new equipment. This gives students and researchers the opportunity to use the latest technology to develop innovative materials, test construction and natural engineering materials under controlled conditions. Innovative structural design and medium and large scale structure tests are possible. There are also opportunities to develop expertise in the real world, for example through site investigation and design. Civil Engineering is a relatively new subject area at Brunel University, having started in 2007 with a MEng/BEng in Civil Engineering with Sustainability..With the existing degree continuing to gain Civil Engineeri

ng Design Good design is the combination of commercial awareness and creative and inspirational thought validated by sound technological reasoning, defined through the design process. The design programs at Brunel produce communicators who are at ease working with members of engineering, design and marketing teams while appreciating their individual needs, and capable of contributing to the total design process. Design at Brunel University has evolved to meet the needs of industry worldwide, by teaching highly motivated students, through in-depth professional studies, to become imaginative yet practical professional designers. Brunels Design degrees are some of the most renowned and respected in Europe and their students and graduates have won many national and international design awards. All their Honors and Masters programs build on a broad base of knowledge, skills and industrial

experience. They view the realization of every aspect of a concept as vital to successful design. -To enable this, they have an extensive cross-disciplinary lecturing team, including mechanical and electrical engineers, computer and materials scientists, mathematicians, psychologists, and practicing designers and graphic artists. It is this cross-disciplinary nature that gives their students the knowledge and expertise they require, and distinguishes them from virtually every other Design and Engineering department in the UK. Electronic & Computer Engineering (ECE) Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Brunel is one of the largest disciplines in the University with almost 50 full-time academic staff and extensive teaching and research portfolios. The subject area boasts an undergraduate

population of 600 and a postgraduate population of over 300 students. Despite their size, they take a relaxed and friendly attitude with both students and staff and show a genuine interest in the success of their students and graduates. Their recent NSS (National Student Satisfaction) survey results have been showing a consistent success in the last 4 years, hence reflecting the positive learning experience of their students and the high level of student satisfaction with their academic provision. Their IET accredited teaching provision and research programs are aimed at developing the expertise, knowledge and skills necessary to match the rapid growth in the need for well qualified scientists and engineers across the full breadth of Electronic, Computer and Multimedia engineering. Research activities in ECE cover a wide range of topics which have direct compliance with the industry vision and requirements and are carried out in five research centers formed around two broad thematic areas namely Telecommunications and Systems. The department has an extensive research portfolio of ongoing research grants and contracts and is a major part of a General Engineering submission that was ranked 5th in UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008). This is in addition to a large set of comprehensive high-quality teaching and Mechanical Engineering, one of the largest subject groups in the University, is part of the School of Engineering and Design. Through high quality teaching, research opportunities, co-ops, proper and careful advising, and numerous professional activities, their ME students have the opportunity to excel in the classroom, laboratory, and the field. In a personable atmosphere, the students become well prepared, ready, and confident to begin their professional careers. The laboratory facilities are extensive, modern and well-equipped, and there are, in addition, excellent university support services through the Computer Centre and Library.

By building expertise in solid mechanics, materials processes, smart materials, manufacturing automation, concurrent engineering/design, sustainable design, or thermo fluid/energy sciences, students become better prepared to join the Mechanical Engineering/Manufacturing community in UK and beyond. The research interests reflect the breadth of interest and experience amongst the academic staff. These activities nourish the undergraduate teaching and tutorial work. Mechanical Engineering Campus In the late 1990s Brunel devised a 10-year, $400 million master plan for the campus. This involved selling off campus sites in Runnymede, Osterley and Twickenham and using the revenue from the sales to renovate and update the buildings and facilities on the Uxbridge campus. Works carried out included a library extension, a state-of-the-art sports complex, renovated students' union facilities, a new Health Sciences teaching center, and the construction of more halls of residence. Since the original master plan, the University has spent a further $80 million on campus renovation and work is currently underway on the building of a new 'Eastern Gateway' building, which will house a 400 seat lecture theatre, main reception, the Brunel Business School and the Beldam art gallery. The

Brunel campus (especially those buildings in the 1960s Brutalist architectural style) has appeared in several films, most famously in Stanley Kubricks A Clockwork Orange, large parts of which were filmed on campus, along with being featured in a Campus- Based University The big plus of living in a campus-based university is that the majority of your needs are catered for on-site, including the Library and Computer Center, academic and teaching buildings, welfare services, catering and social facilities and even the halls of residence, if you are living in University accommodation. You can organize most of your day-to-day needs without leaving the campus. There is a bank, a pharmacy, and a general shop where you can buy groceries, newspapers,

stationery and even top up your phone card. The Computer Centre sells a range of ITrelated products such as printers, network cables, memory sticks and disks, and the Students Union hosts a weekly fruit and veg market and Fairtrade stalls. One of Brunels best kept secrets is its proximity to the Grand Union Canal and to part of the Colne Valley Park, consisting of miles of woods, walkways, lakes, rivers and nature reserves, and only a 15 minute walk away. Brunel boasts the kind of welcoming atmosphere that so many other universities City/ Town Uxbridge, home of Brunel University, is a large suburban town in northwest of London, England, and is the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Hillingdon. It is located 15 miles west-northwest of Charing Cross is one of the major metropolitan centers identified in the London Plan. It historically formed part of the parish of

Hillingdon in the county of Middlesex and has long been a significant local commercial center. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century it expanded and increased in population, becoming a municipal borough in 1955 and has formed part of Greater London since 1965. Uxbridge is a significant retail and commercial center is near to the boundary with Buckinghamshire, which is locally the River Colne. Several historical events have taken place in and around the town, including attempted negotiations between King Charles I and the Parliamentary Army. The location of these events, a public house, still stands and is named The Crown and Treaty in recognition of the event. Uxbridge also houses the Battle of Britain Bunker, from where the air defense of the south-east of England was coordinated during the Battle of Britain. Situated in RAF Uxbridge, the No. 11 Group Operations Room within the bunker took on a crucial rule during the battle and was later used during the D-Day landings. Other Geographic Information (topography, Britain is an island country and the surrounding sea gives England a varied climate. climate) One never knows what the weather will be like from one day to the next. It can be

sunny one day and rainy the next. As it has such a variable climate changing from day to day, it is difficult to predict the weather. In general there are warm summers and cool winters. The summers are cooler than those on the continent, but the winters are milder. The overall climate in England is called temperate maritime. This means that it is mild with temperatures not much lower than 32F in winter and not much higher than 90F in summer. It also means that it is damp and is subject to frequent changes. July and August are normally the warmest months in England. Around the coasts, February is normally the coldest month, but inland there is little to choose between January and February as the coldest month. Probably the best months to travel in England are May, June, September and October. These months generally have the most pleasant temperatures and less rain. July and August are the warmest months, but they are also the wettest. The sunniest parts of the Britain are along the south coast of England. Rain is fairly well distributed throughout the year, with late winter/spring (February to March) the driest period and autumn/winter (October to January) the wettest. The main influence on the climate is the close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the

northern latitude, and the warming of the waters around the land by the Gulf Stream (a warm current of the northern Atlantic Ocean). The island is small compared with the other land masses in the northern IT and Computing The Computer Center is in charge of computer and technology services on campus. There are lots of computer rooms around campus, some giving you access 24 hours a day if you need to get online or type up an essay in the early hours of the morning. You also have access to printing facilities from these PCs, both color and black and white - remember your access control card to pick up your printing from the machines. In addition there is the Computer Centre IT Store which allows you to buy printers and cartridges and various storage devices from Laboratories USB drives to CD and DVDs. Brunel students have access to specialist laboratories for electronic imaging, bioprocessing and experimental techniques; flight, driving and train simulators; a 3-D body scanner; an MRI scanner; motion-capture equipment; an occupational therapy suite; sports and performing arts facilities; and academic archives in cult film and contemporary writing. Depending on the degree course followed, some undergraduate students may undertake practical placements and projects as an integral part of their courses. Library Brunel Library, which is situated in the Bannerman Centre, provides access to over 400,000 books as well as thousands of online journals, so you'll find everything you need to research your work. There are also music scores available for the music students (as well as anyone else who's interested), and CDs/ Videos to aid you in your course or just for your leisure. In addition to the books, there are also over 200 PCs in the library and silent study areas. There is also a dedicated computer room for those

with disabilities. Library access is available 7 days a week for much of the year and opening hours are extended to 24 hours a day during exam time. The library is also the place to go for other services such as photocopying and printing (both A3 and A4 and color and black and white options are available). These services are paid for through a card you can purchase. Alternatively, you can just use your university card, which contains your credit for printing and photocopying. These can be Facilities Facilities Student Housing Brunels $400 million campus redevelopment program, completed in 2008, saw the refurbishment of existing halls and the construction of the new Isambard Complex. There are now 34 self-catering halls of residence on-campus, with a total of 4,549 rooms, including studio flats for co-habiting couples. Rooms are available for undergraduates, postgraduates, students with disabilities and co habiting couples. All rooms have network access. Many of the residence halls around the main Uxbridge campus are named after bridges that Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the famous civil engineer after whom the university was named, either built or helped to design; other halls are named either directly after him, or after other notable engineers or scientists. There are also three accommodation complexes; the Bishop Complex, the Lancaster Complex, and the Isambard Complex. Food and Catering All halls are self-catering, with spacious, well-equipped kitchens. There are also many food outlets across campus. The main campus dining hall, the Moore Foodhall, is open throughout the day and serves a wide range of staples including Indian, Thai, and Chinese, as well as standard Continental and British dishes. There are also plenty of vegetarian options. Voucher packages for meals are available.

Student Union Every student at Brunel is a part of the Union of Brunel Students (UBS), an organization run by students for students. The union supports clubs and societies, runs a nightclub, as well as a national radio station and a newspaper. Brunel International Brunel is proud to be home to over 2,500 international students from over 110 different countries that help to create a diverse and cosmopolitan university. Brunel International, a dedicated international student center within the university, offers a range of services to help international students, from initial inquiry, during an exchange, Facilities Advice and Representation Center (ARC) The ARC helps Brunel students to find answers to questions and/or problems. They give free advice and guidance on a range of issues including money and debt, housing and academic issues. The ARC is a free, confidential service for all Brunel University students. You can drop in or make an appointment, or get advice by phone and email. Counseling Service The Counseling Service, located opposite the Medical Center, is available to both students and staff at Brunel University. Counselors are available to speak with you about anything, big or small, whether personal, academic or work-related. If you need to see a counselor urgently, you can come without making an appointment to their drop-in service every weekday at 2pm. Drop-in sessions cannot be pre-booked and you will be seen on a first come, first seen basis. Disability and Dyslexia Center The aim of the Disability and Dyslexia Service at Brunel is to give expert advice and support to all disabled students so that they can fulfill their potential to become confident, talented and versatile graduates. The center is located in Room 315, Bannerman Centre. The hours are Monday - Friday 9am to 4.30pm, with drop-ins Wednesday 1-4pm.

Medical Center The Medical Center on campus offers a large variety of services to students and members of the public. The Medical Center is located on the main campus, adjacent to Saltash Hall of Residence. There is pedestrian and wheelchair access from the front of the building. Car parking is for outside visitors only. The center is open between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, Monday to Friday, all year round except bank holidays. University Chaplaincy Brunels students come from a wide variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds and the university celebrates the richness that this diversity brings to its community. The Meeting Transportatio n To and From Institution London is just a tube ride away. The University is just a 20-minute walk or a short bus ride from Uxbridge underground station, so it is a straightforward journey into the center of the capital (London). There is also a night bus that can bring you from central London to the edge of the campus. The town of Uxbridge itself, which still has buildings dating back to its time as a Georgian market town, is a thriving commercial and business center. Its major shopping complexes, The Pavilions and the Chimes Centre, boast a wide range of shops, cafes and a ninescreen multiplex cinema. The first link below is a downloadable map of the campus with specific directions on how to get to the main campus by

various means of transportation. The second link is to an interactive map of Brunel University and the greater London area. The final link is to map of the bus routes that link with the campus http://www.brunel.ac.uk/287/where_pdfs/campusmap. pdf Travel There is very easy access to central London. If you want to experience one of the greatest cities in the world, but are daunted by the high cost and bustle of living there, then attending Brunel offers an ideal compromise. Not only is London the heart of the UK financial, commercial and creative sectors, but many international companies (Apple UK, Coca Cola, and Xerox for example) are based in and around Uxbridge. Traveling to and from London is very straightforward as the town is at the end of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines on the London Underground, and over ground

trains form West Dayton (a short bus ride from campus) can take you to Paddington in just 20 minutes. Once in London there is Academic Program Details When is the best time to go? (semester vs. year-long vs. summer) Brunels course structure is based on three periods of study per year. There are two teaching terms of 12 weeks each the first runs from September to December, and the second runs from January to Easter. There is then a third, shorter term for revision, examination and assessment. ISU students planning to study abroad there will find it preferable to either plan to study for the full academic year (September through May) or to take advantage of ISUs Engineering Summer Program at Brunel. Additional information on these programs is available at the links below. http://isuabroad.iastate.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram& Program_ID=043B7B7C01067073770519027176021C7C0075081A7D75000 1060703007D70030F04077304&Type=E&sType = http://isuabroad.iastate.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram& Program_ID=192 Format of courses (credits/modules, grading, lectures/labs) All Brunels courses have been designed so that they are made up of study and assessment blocks (modules) worth 10 to 30 credits each.

Levels 3 and 4 may include a major project, worth up to 40 credits. Students normally build these modules up, usually gaining at least 120 Course Options The web site at the first link below has a summary of courses that have previously been transferred to ISU by engineering students. The second link below is to a Brunel web site that can be used to search for additional course options. http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/st udyabroad/sample-page/pre-approve d-previously-transferred-classes/engla nd/brunel-university/ http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/cour se-finder

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