Brookes Connections

Brookes Connections for Alumni

Brookes Connections is an online platform that enables you to e-network with fellow alumni by searching their profile and asking them questions. You can also mentor students by answering their one-off questions or participating in a structured scheme. You will help students who are pro-actively seeking one-to-one careers advice, support and insight into your profession.

It is open to all alumni of Oxford Brookes, Oxford Polytechnic and other predecessor institutions.

Please sign-in to your Brookes Net Community account and then sign-up to Brookes Connections.

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  • an opportunity to reflect your own practice
  • enhanced job satisfaction
  • the chance to search for lost friends, network and share best practice with fellow alumni
  • the satisfaction of giving a motivated student increased knowledge, skills and experience in attaining their career goals
  • a reinforcement of your own study skills and knowledge of your subjects
  • professional relationships
  • enhanced peer recognition for your skills and experience
  • personal satisfaction through supporting the development of others.

Ask a Question

Our “Ask a Question” programme is an excellent resource for both mentors and students who are unable to commit to a long-term mentoring relationship but would like to connect on a one-off basis for careers-related advice. Alumni and students will decide whether to ask you a question based on the relevance of your professional and educational background on your mentoring profile.

When you first sign onto Brookes Connections, you will have the choice to set-up your mentoring profile and will automatically be set up for “Ask a Question” services. You can pause mentoring at anytime, and become invisible to students.


Six week e-mentoring scheme

Brookes Connections provides students the opportunity to partner with you for a six week period. You will help them with topics such as setting career goals, job applications, interview tips and networking- you will receive these resources in your introductory pack.

You will only be able to mentor one student at a time, however, alongside this, you may still be asked one-off questions through ‘Ask a Question’. We would recommend that you engage with your mentee at least once a week, with the method of communication agreed by both parties e.g. email, telephone, skype. This scheme runs twice a year, starting in October for Semester 1, and February for Semester 2.

These schemes are likely to be very rewarding for both mentor and student - however there is a time commitment involved and you do not have to offer this support if you are concerned about that commitment.

We are also piloting a Recent Graduates' Network Scheme, to provide extra support for Brookes Graduates up to three years out. Mentors who wish to provide advice and guidance to students who have recently graduated; helping settle them into the workplace, or assist in their job search, should apply for this.

If you are new to Brookes Connections, you can sign up to be a mentor during the set-up process. Once you are on the platform, you will be able to apply to be a mentor on the six week scheme or recent graduates' network scheme via your mentoring profile (at the bottom). It is then up to a student to find and match with you. 


If you would like more information on the schemes please download the mentor training and user guide located on the right hand side toolbar. Information about the Summer and Recent Graduates' scheme will be added in due course.

Brookes Connections can deliver:

  • personal and professional development
  • a new perspective on your job
  • profile raising for your company
  • a pipeline to our best new graduate talent
  • networking opportunities via our LinkedIn mentors’ group.

You will:

  • be willing to share your skills, knowledge and expertise
  • demonstrate a positive attitude and act as a positive role model
  • be able to provide guidance and constructive feedback
  • be able to motivate students by setting a good example
  • be willing to provide support, job search advice and career guidance.

It all takes place online, on our easy to navigate portal site where you can enter your professional and educational details - or simply import details from your LinkedIn profile. You will need an alumni Net Community account to sign in. If you have an alumni netcommunity account please use these details to sign in through the alumni login box (on the right hand side of this page).  If you are not sure whether you have an account or need to create one please go to your alumni account page.

It may be useful to bookmark the page: as this is how you will log in each time with your Net Community details. 

You can sign-up to advanced schemes during the set-up stage, if schemes are open for applications. Otherwise, please scroll to the bottom of your mentor profile page to apply for schemes at a later date. You will receive an email regarding new schemes.

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