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Leaving Brunel

Leaving is hard. Leaving Brunel can be even harder. I’m a prime example of that because I should have left Brunel twice now and yet I’m still here. Try and find Moxey and he’ll tell you even more (8 years and counting?!?). If you head out tonight, or if you were out last night depending on when you read this, you’ll see more drunken tears than drunken fights and that’s all down to what the spirit and community of Brunel that is created by its buzzing and diverse collection of students.

Within the next 12 hours, students will try to cram in as much nonsense as possible as they attempt to have one hell of an “epic” night. Tonight could well be one of the best nights of their student lives but the hangover could be one of the worst as they now attempt to live without Brunel and its community for 3 months before September rocks round all over again. For some it could even worse as tonight could well be the last time they step foot in Isambard’s Kingdom.

The Brunel community is something that should be admired as it squeezes its 16,000 strong into just a few square miles and being in such close quarters has created an amazing atmosphere where everyone knows everyone. Leaving something like this is naturally going to be hard. Brunel is one of a kind and leaving it, whether for a while or permanently, is going to be even harder.

It is not the buildings or the facilities. It is the people within Brunel that make it one hell of a university.


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Happy Easter Brunel! Now Stay In Your Room And Do Nothing

Brunel campus is notorious for being an abandoned concrete desert when the students aren’t around. The Christmas Holidays. Saturdays. 10am. It can often be an eerie place to be and many a time, my friends and I have said that it would be the perfect setting for a post-apocalyptic zombie film.

This Easter holiday was no exception. I was on campus this past Thursday with friends and witnessed first hand how empty the campus was. An odd and mysterious quiet was ever present, all the way from the Isambard Complex to the hugely necessary Eastern Gateway. I could count the number of people I saw on one hand and hear my voice echo throughout the campus.

You always hear stories of how the students are apathetic and unwilling to engage but at the heart of the problem is the university’s unwillingness to allow students to grow. The Easter holidays provide an opportunity for students to grow, along with revision of course, but the students aren’t allowed. The only building open was the library which means the University are saying ‘you must revise. Do not have fun’.

Bar facilities are closed. Shop facilities have limited to no hours. Even the sports facilities are shut. This is not only a slap in the face to the students who choose to stay there but it is an outright insult to the international students who have no choice but to stay here. Especially when they pay far far more than national students.

There is always the option of reaching outside of Brunel but at a time when academic pressures are at an all time high it shouldn’t be an option. Brunel is more than an academic institution. It’s a campus lifestyle that should be doing more than just encouraging people to sit in the library and revise. Whilst it is important, it should not be the only thing in a students life.

Brunel are saying ‘happy Easter. Now sit in your room and do nothing.’

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