Alumni e-newsletter - Summer Edition 2016

Welcome to the Alumni e-newsletter with the latest news from Brookes and our alumni around the world

Our 150th Anniversary celebrations have come to a close and we hope you have enjoyed this exciting year which has been packed full of commemorative alumni events and activities.

Brookes Founders' Day was the final anniversary event and we invited a special guest, Dragon Den's entrepreneur Sarah Willingham '96 to talk as well as officially sealing our anniversary Time Capsule. Thank you to all those who submitted a story or memory about Brookes. It will be an interesting discovery for those who open it in 50 years time!

We are always looking at how to improve our alumni offer so have your say and fill in your 2016 Alumni Questionnaire.

Following the UK’s decision to leave European Union last month, we have started to receive a little clarification on some of the details which will affect students, staff and partners of the University. With this in mind, we have created a dedicated page on the University’s website which we will add to over the coming weeks and months with more information as we receive it, including a Frequently Asked Questions section. You can find this at

University news

Rowing students winning the Head of the River race in London

As mentioned our 150th anniversary celebrations have now drawn to a close. Alumni and everyone connected with Brookes can feel proud of their contribution to the history of Brookes and look forward to the University’s bright future.

The opening of the John Henry Brookes Building, inauguration of our new Chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger and new relationships we have built through the 150th anniversary celebrations all put Brookes in a strong position. Relive the celebrations in our 150 gallery.

Our rowing students made history by winning the Head of the River race in London for the first time in 50 years and also won double gold in the European Universities Games.

Oxford Brookes was named as one of the best young universities in the world, our MBA was voted the fifth in the world rankings and a new Chinese Confucius Centre opened at the Headington Campus to promote Chinese culture and language.

Campus news - those who have used the Main Hall at Headington Campus over the years for Graduations, seeing bands and exams, it is being demolished and will be replaced by a new flexible space.

Alumni news

Hong Kong alumni reunion 24 May 2016


We hosted two successful alumni reunions in Beijing and Hong Kong where prospective students and alumni met our Pro-Vice Chancellor Paul Inman and the Deputy Director of External Relations Ceri Butcher.


A standing ovation for sports alumnus and Oxford United coach, Dan Bond '11 on winning Oxford's Strictly Come Dancing Competition. An epic well done to language alumnus Evelyn Williams '98 for coming 21st in the world's toughest solo rowing race to Antigua. And congratulations to alumna Mirian Sayuri Vaccari ’'08 for reaching the finals of the British Council's Alumni Awards 2016.

Well done and good luck to PhD alumna Pearl Lin '97 on her inauguration as the new Principal of Kaohsiung University. Her supervisor Professor Brian Goodey attended the ceremony in Taiwan. And good luck to Jennifer Pierce '14 for her new young adult novel Slow Motion – do check it out and support the book’s launch.

The first-ever African fashion show in Oxford took place at the end of April. Find out how entrepreneurial nursing alumna Laure Loutala Mpolo ‘10 organised the show. And over 200 attended the Bacchus Alumni Awards 2016 in April to celebrate the incredible success of our hospitality alumni.


Cowley Road Carnival was a great success and Brookes was one of its main sponsors, joining the street party festivities to celebrate 125 years of nursing education in the Oxford. See our community blog.

Offers and opportunities

Take a virtual tour of the campus and find out what current postgraduate students think

Find out about postgraduate study opportunities - hear from teaching and research staff and current students and take a virtual tour of Brookes. Don’t forget, as a Brookes alumnus you receive a 10% discount on postgraduate fees.

Interested in travelling to India on a wildlife trip?

Professor Stewart Thompson is leading a trip for staff, students and alumni to Ranthambore National Park in India 2017. Contact for more information.

Got an interest in the USA?

If you are aged 18-30, then you may want to join Young Leaders UK (YLUK). Find out more.

Become a volunteer trustee for Brookes Union

You’ll need significant experience of identifying and exploiting opportunities for income generation, or be an experienced legal or financial professional. You would be committing to at least six days a year, plus preparation time. For more information please email Hilary Govier on

The British Council's Alumni Awards 2017 are opening from 7 September so get ready to apply or nominate. They celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education.

Campus tours

Meet up with one of your former classmates and see the new John Henry Brookes Building at the Headington Campus. Book a tour here.


Find out more about new graduate bursaries that are available for small and medium-sized enterprises.


Last chance to buy items from the 150th collection of limited edition mugs, stationery and accessories. You can also buy alumni gifts online.



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