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Our GetUReady online sessions 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. We've made available a series of sample lectures, study skills sessions and STEM workshops, focused on building your skills and confidence in subjects and inspiring you to feel confident about your future career. 

You can go through each section at a time or just take a look at the ones you’re most interested in.

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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current sports student working out in lab
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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 and STEM 

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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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current stduent presenting at mathematics conference
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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.

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Female students wearing face mask working on laptop in library
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Linking your skills to research at university – taking an interdisciplinary approach

This session will be looking at different research projects being carried out at Brunel and showing you how the taught material you learn at school and college can be applied to real life problems/solutions.

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Two female students working on laptops in individual study booths
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Becoming an independent learner

Adjusting to life at uni and the differences between school/college. Includes some top tips from our current students!

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Careers and your future ‘Building your brand’

In this session our placements and careers advisers will give you an overview of the grad job market and the importance and benefits of taking a placement year as part of your studies. They will also give an insight into how Brunel supports students to secure a placement. BSc Business & Management alumni Lili Mackintosh, will talk about her professional life since graduating.

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Two students writing maths equation on a white board
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Essential maths skills for your STEM undergraduate degree

This session explores the key areas of maths that are needed in STEM degrees. It will highlight the important concepts learned during A level, so you can understand how to apply them to your undergraduate degree.

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Two female students in a library with lap tops
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Writing a first-year essay – understanding the title

The first step to answering an essay question well, is to understand exactly what it's 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.

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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.

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Three students working together
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Data analysis techniques used STEM degrees

Getting to the core of what graphs represent and how to use large data sets.

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Students studying
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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.

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How to present data at degree level

This session will cover key aspects of data presentation, effective use of experimental data, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different sample sizes presentation techniques in science.

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Two students discussing work
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Building your argument and referencing

This session looks at paraphrasing and quoting as important strategies to avoid plagiarism. We also demonstrate how to reference accurately.

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Group of students studying on laptops outside
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Writing STEM reports at university level

Writing a science report is one of the key elements of post-lab experiments, so it’s important to know how to structure a lab report. In this session we look at the basic structure and outline how to construct a science report.

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.

 

Careers and your future 

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Female student designing digital graphics on a computer
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Careers and your future - Digital

Our careers consultant for digital media students gives an overview of the graduate job market and the career opportunities available in the creative industries. You'll hear about the benefits of doing a placement year, as well as the networking opportunities we offer.

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Female health student using an ophthalmoscope to look into patients eye.
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Careers and your future - Health

Our careers consultant gives an overview of today’s graduate job market and the career opportunities available in the health sector. Hear from the placement adviser about the advantages of doing a placement, and the skills and connections you gain. Current physiotherapy student Katy, gives us a summary of her clinical placements.

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Law students with looking at a judge
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Careers and your future – Law

Our careers consultant for law students gives an overview of today’s legal job market, and our placement adviser highlights the benefits of doing a placement as well as the networking opportunities we offer. Current law student Rebecca, talks about why she chose to study at the Brunel Law School and her placement year at the Home Office. Also joining us is Law LLB alumnus Joe, who speaks about his career path since graduating from Brunel.

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Careers and your future ‘Building your brand’

In this session our placements and careers advisers will give you an overview of the grad job market and the importance and benefits of taking a placement year as part of your studies. They will also give an insight into how Brunel supports students to secure a placement. BSc Business & Management alumni Lili Mackintosh, will talk about her professional life since graduating.

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Careers and your future in Engineering

Our careers consultant gives an overview of today’s graduate job market and outlines recent employers and the latest engineering jobs available. We’ll hear from the placement officer about the advantages of doing a placement year in industry, and the networking opportunities within the sector. And we'll be joined by current civil engineering student Beth.


 

 

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 here, and bookings will open shortly.