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Institutional, national and international competitions allow students to make their research work public in a competitive environment. They ease the transition from university into work by providing real world experiences. Some competitions are run across the university, such as designing smartphone apps, whereas others are specific to disciplines and are run externally.
Mooting and Client interviewing competitions for lawyers, for example are held at national and international levels, and Brookes students have been highly successful at both. These competitions are spectated and judged by barristers, solicitors, legal academics and judges.
" Formula Student," is another great example based around an engineering project in which teams of students manufacture a prototype car. At Brookes, each team is managed by a placement student and divided into sub-teams responsible for different stages of production. Invited panels of industrialists and previous formula student winners judge these competitions on design, business model, individual performance characteristics, and endurance. The competition provides competitors with a real life exercise in design, manufacture, and business, blending academic work and learning with the development of vocational skills.