Summer School in China

Applications are now open for the 2018 ACU Summer School, hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong on the theme of Designing and Creating Sustainable Communities.

Brunel University London students have access to bursaries and a discounted registration rate, and applications close on 14 January 2018.

Taking place from 1-9 July 2018, the Summer School will feature: expert lectures by local and international speakers, skills development, social events providing insights into Hong Kong’s fascinating culture, group work, networking opportunities, and field trips to key local sites.

For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit

L1? Any discipline but interested in law career?

City Solicitors Horizons is supported by the City of London Solicitors’ Company, the City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET), The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) and leading City law firms.

About the City Solicitors Horizons programme:
50 talented first year undergraduates studying any degree discipline but interested in pursuing a career in law will be selected to complete an outstanding three-year support programme featuring:

  • Classroom and one-to-one training sessions
  • Personal mentoring by lawyers at participating leading law firms
  • Annual work experience placements with leading legal employers

About SEO London:
SEO is a diversity focused charity that helps students from under-represented backgrounds achieve their full career potential.  In the last 15 years we have helped more than 5,000 talented undergraduates secure extremely competitive internships and graduate full time positions with more than 60 of the UK’s leading employers, including many leading City law firms. 

How to apply:
Applications are open until 10 December 2017!  Please click here to apply.  If you have already applied to SEO London you will still need to apply to the CSH programme. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so those interested in applying are encouraged to apply as soon as possiblePlaces will be confirmed in late December 2017.

Students will be selected based on social mobility criteria, academic performance and their commitment to pursuing a legal career.  To apply, you:

  1. Must have been educated at a state funded school (at any point of your academic studies) and either:
  2. a) be of the first generation of your immediate family to attend university; or
  3. b) have been eligible for free school meals or some other form of  income-related financial assistance; or
  4. c) have been in care/are a care leaver.
  5. Be reasonably committed at this stage of your university course to joining the legal profession; and
  6. Have, in the judgement of your university, a strong potential to succeed academically.
  7. You must also study at a university based in London or the south east of England.  (Please see FAQs for more details.) 

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Shining a light on your job search

Do you know what you want to do? We didn’t! Finding the right job and the right career path can be a daunting task. While career events and workshops will have shown the very broad scope of jobs on offer, we know there are many more in the energy industry which you may not be aware of. You could be a consultant, or work on the development of smart grids or the very latest renewable technologies! We have five tips for those looking for a new job, they are written below:

Search – Finding your perfect job isn’t easy, spend time searching across roles, departments and even sectors.

Talk – Talking to those working in the role or the recruiter cannot be underestimated. They can advise from their own experience.

Ask – Ask questions to find out if the role is right for you. It is as important for you to understand the company and the role as it is for the company.

Research – Research the skills and qualifications you need for the role. Knowing the skills needed as well as the company is important in your job search.

Tell – Talk with family & your Careers Consultant as they can help. They know you and what you are good at and can help or advise you in your job search.

For more information and some useful links:

Engineer? See what’s on offer


  • Undergraduate Awards: Apply online at
  • Scholarship awards for postgraduates
  • Financial assistance: Grants to mechanical engineering students who are in financial difficulties, as well as those who need special equipment to complete their studies

Dedicated to documentaries?

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers.’

opencity_docfestivalMade a documentary you want to share with the world?  Submit your film and you’ll have the chance to share your work with our festival audience and get it seen by our jury of key industry figures, including filmmakers, artists, distribution and exhibition experts and commissioning editors.

Early Bird Deadline 18 December 2017
Regular Deadline 8 April 2018
Late Deadline 7 May 2018
Submit your film via FilmFreeway

The 2018 Festival will take place from 4-9 September at venues across London.

KYOCodes competition with KYOCERA

kyocodes_-cps-51493-Image_cpsimage_8novKYOCERA is trying to find the best team of developers, business students and idea makers, through the annual KYOCERA invitational competition.  Enter a team of three into KYOCodes, and you could be crowned as the KYOCERA app developers, potentially winning a top prize of £3,000 worth of Apple gift cards, devices for the university, potential job offers and an accreditation as a KYOCERA developer.

KYOCERA also uses this programme to find the new talent for our technical and sales staff of the future.

The Brunel team will be invited to KYOCERA Reading or Manchester and tasked with designing, building and presenting an application which meets a real business need and challenge, followed by training on how to develop the concept, before testing and presenting the end product.

Online registration is open until 26 January 2018, and the online qualification quiz runs from 27-31 January.  Training weeks start on 5 February 2018 and final presentations are on 2 April 2018.

JSPS Summer Programme 2018

Application Deadline: Monday 15 January 2018
Fellowship to take place during fixed period: Tuesday 12 June-Wednesday 22 August 2018
The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for two months during the summer.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance (158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a British national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution at the time of application. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. You can find the application guidelines and form on the JSPS London website.  Any enquiries should be sent to:

You can read case studies written by former UK JSPS Summer Programme Fellows at