Brookes Society Summer Newsletter

August 2019

Thank you to the 30 or so members that joined the committee and Professor Fitt, the Vice-Chancellor, at the summer party last week. I know that getting to the Hall presented difficulties in terms of temperature and traffic queues from the Wheatley end of the city but we were pleased to see those that did get there, and it seemed from the usual buzz of conversation and the disappearance of all the food and drink, that everyone enjoyed themselves.

Professor Fitt gave us an update of what is going on with the building works on the HHH site; the unveiling of the Kenneth Weare building; the renovated Cosmos working piece of art (pictured); the Wheatley campus and rankings. According to the Times Higher Education Young Universities Brookes is No 1 for Research and no 2 for Teaching and is the only UK University in top 50 of world universities under 50 years old.

He stayed talking to members for over an hour and it was, as always, good to see him and to hear of his continuing support of the Society.

One of the questions asked at the AGM was about access to the library and we can report that members can borrow books for free and you must fill in your ID number when you apply. To get that number you access your membership number through your online profile at then view your profile (on left hand menu car). If this causes you problems then contact Mollie Ashley on and she will help you.

Members can now access the Brookes wi-fi system by using this password when on campus – HelloBrookes.

We would like to remind you that previous copies of Onstream are available via the website, although it would be helpful to know whether you wish to continue to read this. This will be one of the questions asked when we circulate the membership survey we are currently putting together in an attempt to find out what you, as members, want from the Society.

As I mentioned at the summer party, numbers for all the events we are laying on are falling whilst membership remains buoyant so it would be good to have your feedback. We will circulate this easy to complete on-line survey in September.

The remainder of the events we have organised can be found on the website and information on who to book them with. I am pleased to say that these are gradually filling up so early booking is advisable. I would also like to remind you that guests may be brought along to any of the events, although priority will always be given to members. The final event is a Christmas lunch in Brookes Restaurant followed by a lecture on Jack the Ripper given by Anne-Marie Kilday, one of the leading experts on the subject, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Brookes. Members can book for both or either the lecture or the lunch – just make this clear when you email your registration for the event.

Finally, I apologise for repeating myself but so far we have had no volunteers to join the I said at the AGM all current committee members will be standing down when their period of offices are up in March 2021........if there is no-one interested in continuing the Society then it will come to an end. I can do no more than point this out to you all and hope that there is enough interest for the continuation of what has been achieved over the last 11 years, and counting.

Clare Fox – Chair, Brookes Society
August 2019