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The Touchpoint newsletter provides information and updates for students in the School of Arts at Brunel University.

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  • For students in the School of Arts

    Welcome to the latest issue of the School of Arts Touchpoint newsletter. Throughout the following pages youll find information about changes in the school, news from your subject area and details of how weve responded to your feedback and comments from last term.

    2.1. OCT>2011

    Register your laptop with the Connect-Team to get wireless access in the Gaskell Building https://connect.brunel.ac.uk

    A new common room for all School of Arts students is now open. The newly refurbished room on the ground floor of the Gaskell Building provides space for students to relax between classes, discuss group work and meet others from across the school.

    Let us know what you think of the room by completing a pink feedback postcard available at the Gaskell Reception.

    Feedback updates and news

  • The Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) is here to help you: Find out what career opportunities are open to you Make informed and realistic career choices Acquire the skills you need to get a good job such as marketing yourself effectively in job applications Find work experience, voluntary work or a graduate job Thats me - Stephanie Darking, the Careers Consultant for the School of Arts. My job is to support and advise you on issues such as postgraduate study, finding work experience, making career choices and improving job-seeking skills. You can come along to see me when I am on duty for Quick Query (our daily drop-in sessions) or you can email me to book an appointment for a longer discussion. I am happy to see students at any level you dont have to be in your final year. In fact the earlier you start using our services the better.

    Some things to look out for:

    The Job Shop advertises hundreds of part time and vacation jobs, including on-campus jobs which are very popular. It also advertises internships and organises a part-time jobs fair each year. Graduate vacancies we advertise graduate vacancies (2,049 so far since the start of the current academic year) and details of graduate training schemes. Access to the graduate vacancies is restricted to Brunel students and graduates which makes them a bit less competitive than some of the national graduate job sites. News and events blog includes listings of events on and off-campus with a strong focus on diversity and career exploration activities. Posts in July included Raindances 40 Seconds Straight film competition and a competition to create a poster for the London design company hat-trick. http://brunelpccblog.wordpress.com/ Events programme - consisting of recruitment fairs, careers insight events and skills workshops. Need to brush up on your interview performance or upgrade your CV? We organise over 400 events a year and we will have just the workshop for you, often presented by graduate recruiters from top companies. PCC Employability Reps Last year we recruited a team of Employability Reps to promote the PCCs activities to fellow students and gather their thoughts on what we could be doing better. We were looking for lively, creative and outgoing people to bring new ideas on how we could get our messages across to students in fresh and effective ways. We will need more Employability Reps for the new academic year and I am keen to get a strong response from Arts students, so if you are interested in a position with responsibility which gives you the opportunity to use your creativity, look out for the advert which will be posted on the Job Shop vacancy pages.

    Placement and Careers Centre, 1st Floor Bannerman Centre Careers: 01895 266840 Job Shop: 01895 265759 Web: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/pcc We are open from 9.30am 4.45pm Monday Friday. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  • On the 22nd September the School Welcomed all new students to take part in a collaboration between artist Katie Etheridge, the School of Arts Touchpoint team and a group of final year students - the first of its kind to take place at Brunel. The event featured performances by current students , interactive exhibitions , live music , Faceback and a Quiz, as well as providing an opportunity for new students to meet tutors and reps. Look out for more Touchpoint events later this year.

  • Drama & Theatre News

    Mary steps down as Subject Leader and Meretta tries to fill her shoes On July 1st this year after three and half years Mary Richards started to take a well earned rest (only joking) and Meretta Elliott took over as subject leader. Mary will continue as the PALS co-ordinator and Exams Officer. The team say thank you to Mary for all her great work and wish Meretta good luck!

    BA Theatre starts this year The first students to undertake our new programme have arrived! They are very keen to meet and work with current Drama Studies students. I know you will make them welcome and help them to settle into life in the School of Arts. Where is Gretchen?! Gretchen Schiller is spending this year as an invited visiting professor at Grenoble in France. We miss her already but also wish her well. Gretchen will return next academic year.

    Level 2 games student Luke Smith presented some of his game prototypes at the Clickteam convention, prefaced by lecturer Justin Parsler at Cambridge University on the 21st of August. Clickteam is the company that make Multi Media Fusion 2, the game development tool used by students studying Games Design. His work went down so well that he was offered a publishing deal and it is to be showcased at the Games Developer Conference in San Diego next March.

    The conference was recorded and is available at http://www.justin.tv/clickconvention/b/293056164

    Games News

  • Theatre: New Staff

    We are delighted to announce four new members of staff who have already settled in to their offices and will be teaching you this year.

    Alyson Campbell comes to us from Queens University Belfast . Alyson has also lectured at The University of Melbourne, Australia, and (2005-6). She also completed her practice-based PhD on Sarah Kanes experiential theatre at the University of Melbourne (2009). Alyson is a director, and has worked in a broad range of situations: from the four-stage Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Fringe, independent and community theatre, to making forum theatre with secondary students. Her work with Melbourne company Red Stitch Actors Theatre includes Sarah Kanes 4.48 Psychosis (2007) and the Australian premieres of Martin Crimps Fewer Emergencies (2006) and Don DeLillos The Day Room (2004). Alyson has recently collaborated with Lachlan Philpott on his play Bison, which was performed at Queens University for the OUTburst Queer Arts Festival (2009) and subsequently at the Oval House Theatre, London (2010).

    Broderick Chow comes to us from the University of East London, where he was a lecturer in Theatre Studies in the Institute for Performing Arts Development. He has also taught at the Central School of Speech & Drama, where he was also the first-ever doctoral graduate. Broderick trained as an actor in Vancouver where he also performed in musical theatre (Miss Saigon) and film and TV. Since coming to London he has performed as a stand-up comedian, and has also been exploring forms of physical performance training, including parkour and professional wrestling. His research centres around a political, economic, and material understanding of the performance event, especially with regard to performances that are usually considered "pop." Look out in the new year for his performance Work Songs, a musical/physical comedy piece about the mindless tedium of office work.

    Joel Anderson trained at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and received degrees from Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Paris VIII. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama, at Kingston University, and at Queen Mary, University of London. He has worked in a range of theatre settings and roles, including performing and directing, and was based at the Paris Centre of the Theatre of the Oppressed for several years. This term, he will be teaching on Community Project, Devising, and Histories. Joels recent research, including his PhD, completed in 2008, has concerned the relationship between images and theatre, with a particular focus on theatre and performance. photography.

    Ian Morgan is a key member of the Song of the Goat theatre in Poland, touring with Chronicles, Lacrimosa and Macbeth across the world (Sydney opera House, RSC, Barbican, LA Live, etc). The company was nominated for the European Theatre Prize 2009-10. As an independent theatre practitioner from Wales he specialises in performing, actor training and as a collaborator/leader in devised work. Ian studied at Hull University (UK), gaining a degree in theatre studies in 1990; trained at Monika Pagneux and Phillipe Gaulier's school in Paris (1991) and worked at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski in Italy (199295) - as a member of the performance team led by Thomas Richards, participating in the active research: Art as vehicle. After leaving Italy he made performance work with Mkultra Performance Collective; ManAct; U-Man Zoo; Centre for Performance Research; Zecora Ura Theatre; Meredith Monk; Guillermo Gmez Pea and Teatro Pirequa at the Thtre du Soleil. He has taught and directed in drama schools and HE institutions across the UK; facilitating workshops in Italy, France, Germany, Greece, the USA, Canada, Cuba and Mexico.

  • New Publication: http://www.choreomania.org Tanz und WahnSinn / Dance and ChoreoMania, ed. Johannes Birringer & Josephine Fenger Yearbook 21 of GTF, German Society for Dance Research. August 2011 / Leipzig: Henschel Verlag, IS