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July 2012

Olympic Torch Relay comes to Brunel

The Olympic Torch made its way through Brunel University on Tuesday 24 July, carried by DJ and producer Mark Ronson and singer Katy B.

Students and staff and their families enjoyed the sunshine and live music on the University’s Quad, alongside visitors from the local community and local schools.

The Torch Relay finished at the Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremony on Friday 27 July, when the flame lit the stunning cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick that will burn throughout the Games.

8,000 torchbearers carried the Torch on its journey around the country – all were nominated by friends or family because of the inspirational work they do to support and enrich their community. A number of Brunel students and staff were selected, after nominations either by the University or in their hometowns for their volunteer work, charity fundraising, or involvement in community sports programmes.

Graduating Information Systems student Ainsley Bell was nominated by Brunel University as part of Samsung’s Torch Relay scheme for universities.

‘I was nominated by Brunel initially because of my academic achievements – I had the highest final degree mark in my academic school, and was picked along with 15 other students who had achieved the highest grades in their schools. To be selected from this final 16, I had to write a 500-word essay about my community work, a football project that I set up to encourage children to get involved with sport.

‘It was a major achievement for me to finish my degree at all – when I came back for my final year I was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors told me to defer for a year, but I carried on with my studies while having operations and treatment. I put in double the work and it paid dividends.

‘It’s a very humbling experience to have been selected. To me, the Torch represents hope. People can experience struggles and can overcome them, and come out on top. I hope I inspire people to overcome their own hurdles.’ 

You can view the Brunel Olympic Torch photo gallery on Flickr, and read more about this story on the Brunel University website.

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Story courtesy of Brunel University.

Brunel Design team triumphs in the UK-China Up-Cycling competition in Guangzhou

A team led by Stephen Green from Brunel’s Design subject area have recently returned from a successful two weeks in China taking part in a cross cultural initiative to promote the role of design in addressing the challenge of making more effective use of industrial waste.

Based at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, one of China’s leading universities for design, 16 teams from six Chinese Universities and ten from the UK tackled the challenge arranged with the support of the British Council and the Valuda Group, a major Chinese recycling organisation.

At the closing ceremony Stephen’s team was awarded the event’s top prize for their concept to transform waste industrial barrels into household tools using minimal manufacturing processes, but adding value through elegant functional design and the creation of a unique brand based on a traditional Chinese character, ‘Pin’ meaning products with quality and integrity. Three Brunel Design students were part of the group travelling to China.

Laura Hodges, who graduates this year was also part of the winning team and commented: ‘This trip gave us incredible insights into how the design profession is developing in China, and the commitment amongst everyone we met to use design to tackle environmental issues. Winning was an unexpected bonus – we had a great team!’

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