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GetUReady

Our GetUReady programme of events will help you develop your study skills and prepare you for university life.  

It’s been a tough time for everyone, and we’re sure you’re feeling all sorts of emotions when thinking about what university life might be like. We want to support you as best we can by inviting you to take part in a series of online sessions and workshops, focused on building your skills and confidence in Maths, English and Science, and inspiring you to feel confident about your future career.

The sessions will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 20 April to 20 May and will be delivered by our experts, students and alumni, giving you a glimpse into the Brunel community. You can book on as many sessions as you like – and if you can’t make one, we’ll send you a recording to watch in your own time.

GetUReady week 1: 

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Study skills: becoming an independent learner

Tuesday 20 April, 4.30-6.20pm

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Careers and your future: Building your brand

Thursday 22 April, 4.30-5.30pm

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Week 2: Study skills and careers in Law

Tuesday 22 April, 4.30-6.20pm 
Study skills: Writing a first-year essay – understanding the title 
The first step to answering an essay question well is to understand exactly what it is asking you to do. You then need to identify what your tutor expects from you before considering how you should structure your essay, depending on the question type. 
STEM skills: Rearranging formula 

Thursday 29 April, 4.30-5.30pm
Careers and your future: Law 

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Week 3: Study skills and careers in Health

Tuesday 4 May, 4.30-6.20pm 
Study skills: Writing a first-year essay – selecting your reading materials and critical reading 
To write a good essay, you need to find relevant reading materials by evaluating their relevance, credibility, range and currency. You need to read the selected materials critically using an effective reading method including prediction, scanning and note-taking. 
STEM skills: Analysing data

Thursday 6 May, 4.30-5.30pm 
Careers and your future: Health

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Week 4: Study skills and careers in Digital 

Tuesday 11 May, 4.30-6.20pm
Study skills: Writing a first-year essay - finding your angle and creating your essay plan 
Once you have completed your reading, you should have formed a point of view. You should then be able to construct an essay that integrates both your voice and evidence from sources. 
STEM skills: Presenting data 

Thursday 13 May, 4.30-5.30pm
Careers and your future: Digital 

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Week 5:  Study skills and careers in Engineering

Tuesday 18 May, 4.30-6.20pm
Study skills: Writing a first-year essay – quoting evidence to support your argument 
This session looks at paraphrasing and quoting as important strategies to avoid plagiarism. It also demonstrates how to reference accurately.  
STEM skills: Report writing at University 

Thursday 20 May, 4.30-5.30pm
Careers and your future: Engineering 

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GetUReady transition week 

In supporting you in the transition to university life, we're excited to announce we'll be running a new week-long programme on campus, covering subject-specific study skills sessions and talks on student life.

Our transition week will run from 20-24 September, in advance of Welcome Week, and is a great opportunity for you to meet and work with other new students, as well as getting to know what life is like on campus from our current students. More information can be found in this provisional programme, and bookings will open shortly. 

Catch up on previous sessions

You can view our sample undergraduate lectures from leading academics, interactive sessions to develop your study skills and advice to help you prepare for university life.  

Undergraduate sample lectures 

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Biosciences

Join Dr Ronan McCarthy with 'Understanding Bacterial Infection'. A lecture exploring how bacterial pathogens can camouflage themselves to hide from the host immune system. This lecture will be of interest to students of Biosciences.

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Two brunel students looking at laptop and smiling
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Business

Leading academic Ace Simpson will explore issues and controversies relating to organisational behaviour, to help develop your awareness of people management issues.

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computer science student at Brunel showcase
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Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering

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Design workshops students in masks
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Design

See a sample lecture for Industrial Design and Technology BA in design process which looks at inspirational designers - presented by Mike Kann, Programme Director.

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female enginering student showing project at final year showcase
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Engineering

Brunel engineers have the potential to change the world. Join us for a sample lecture in Engineering delivered by Professor Diane Mynors.

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Professor William Leahy talking in auditorium
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English

Professor William Leahy presents Romeo & Juliet: star cross'd lovers or disobedient children? This lecture will be of interest to students of English and Creative Writing

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Environmental Sciences students in Brunel labs
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Environmental Sciences

Dr. Joanna Bagniewska, Senior Lecturer for Environmental Sciences, describes the way in which organisms from different species interact with each other and explores the benefits that come from these interactions.

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brunel law students practising in moot court
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Law sample

Debbie Chay delivers a lecture on Criminal and Civil Justice. The same yet different - A man acquitted of rape is ordered by the court to pay £25,000 in compensation to his victim. Does that make any sense to you?

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Justin fisher in his office writing and smiling at the camera
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Politics and History

Join Justin Fisher for a lecture in Politics and History, looking at the ‘Electoral Change in Britain’.

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Psychology

Psychology lecturer Ignazio Puzzo delivers a lecture on mental illness, personality disorders and offending behaviour.

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Sports, Health and Exercise Sciences

Join Professor Costas Karageorghis' session on The Psychological and Ergogenic Effects of Music in Exercise and Sport. This session covers the theory and scientific research that underlies music applications in exercise and sport.

Study skills

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girl sitting on the floor in the library and reading a book
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Become a better reader

Dr Claudia Prieto Piastro explores different reading strategies and introduces literary genres to help improve your academic writing skills, by reviving your love for books.

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Developing as a critical reader

Join Dr Claudia Prieto Piastro for a session on developing as a critical reader. This session will cover the key skills that will help you to engage critically with academic readings

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brunel students reading and n=on laptop in the library
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Improving your essay writing

This session will teach you all there is to know about writing different essay types successfully.

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3 boys doing group working in brunel library
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Building good arguments

Having a strong argument is key for getting those high grades you want. This session will explain how to do this, step by step.

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Overcoming Stage Fright

In this session we will work on improving your presentations skills; from your voice to how to prepare, we will teach you everything you need to successfully complete your assessments. Also how to design a Power Point presentation.

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current brunel student studying in library on laptop
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Prepare for online and in-class learning

Prepare for online and in-class learning. This session will discuss principles of online teaching and learning, how to make the most of the digital resources available to you, and prepare you for the transition into in-class learning.

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How to become an independent learner

Join Dr Claudia Prieto Piastro for a session on becoming an independent learner. She will focus on time management and research skills, from how to use the library to how to timetable the hours you will need to write and proofread your essay.

Prepare for university life


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Residencies and accommodation

Wondering whether to live in halls or off campus? Worried about commuting? Find out more about living at university.

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current brunel student talking to staff from the student centre
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Finance talk

Find out everything you need to know about university finance, from applying for loans to tips on budgeting

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Social life and making friends at Brunel

Discover more about life at Brunel including how to make friends, join societies, participate in social activities and much more.

 

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Union of Brunel Students

Find out more about our Students' Union - who are they and what can they offer?

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Working and volunteering at university

This is your opportunity to find out everything you need to know about working and volunteering while you study.

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Clubs and Societies

Find out everything you need to know about the many clubs and societies available at Brunel.

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Health and Wellbeing

Join our session on health and wellbeing, hosted by Brunel's support service.

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current brunel student studying in library on laptop
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Clearing and Welcome Week

Learn about the Clearing and adjustment process and what to expect on welcome week.