Alumni e-newsletter - winter edition

Welcome to your Alumni e-newsletter with the latest news from Oxford Brookes and your fellow alumni around the world.

Monday 5 December is International Volunteering Day, and we have included examples of how Brookes alumni, students and staff are helping to make a difference.

Alumni volunteers help Brookes Engage

On Wednesday 16 and 23 November in The Terrace restaurant, Oxford Brookes alumni and local professionals gave Brookes Engage students the opportunity to discuss their hopes for their future. The widening participation project helps students from under-represented backgrounds gain insight and access to higher education. It is now in its second year, having successfully helped 78% of students to enrol at a university in its first year.
Read more about the The Brookes Engage event.

Alumna’s amazing journey

amazing journey

48 states. 39 cities. 13,650 miles. Brookes alumna, Sarah Little '12 recently hitchhiked and couchsurfed through all America’s mainland states - without spending a cent. Sarah, and her Didcot-based friend Lilly, got “to know the country from the ground” and a people “trying to be better”.
Read all about Sarah and Lilly’s amazing journey.

Alumni News from the UK

Two new rowing club boats have been named after alumni Olympians - Scott Durant '11 (gold) and Olivia Carnegie-Brown '14 (silver) who both won medals at Rio earlier this year.
Read all about Scott and Olivia’s experiences.

Occupational Therapy alumni from 1986 had a great time catching up with each other again for a 30 year reunion in Headington Hill Hall. As well as chatting to old friends, it proved a useful opportunity for sharing professional ideas.
Read a report of the event by Sarah Mattock '86.

Alumni News from around the world

Tilly Wensley '16 (fifth from right) volunteered for a project in Sri Lanka to expand her knowledge of mental health issues. She “worked on amazing projects from teaching in temples to special needs facilities and mental health hospitals.”
Read all about Tilly’s experiences in Sri Lanka.

Alumni relationships in India are going from strength to strength thanks to recent events in the country.
Find out more about the importance of Indian alumni to Brookes.

Alumni based in China can now join the Oxford Brookes community on Weibo. We hope that the new channel provides a way for you to keep in touch with us and your university friends.
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There is a new UK UAE British Council Alumni Network. Any UAE-based alumnus can apply to join.
Apply on the British Council website.

Brookes builds its alumni engagement in Singapore and Malaysia. 
Find out more.

University News

Brookes outperformed the sector in the recent Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. The most successful subjects included accounting and finance, and computing. A big thank you to over 800 Brookes postgraduates who completed the survey.
Read the full report on our website.

Halls of residence at Brookes will help to reduce carbon emissions. A pioneering energy solution will soon be launched in our student accommodation, as part of the city of Oxford’s aim of a 40% reduction in emissions by 2020.
Find out more about how Brookes is tackling climate change.

A Brookes’ nursing exhibition, put together by Peter Zaagman, at Oxford Town Hall was a big success. And a choir of 20 nursing students sang the specially written ‘A patient gives thanks’ in Christ Church Cathedral.
Find out more about celebrations of 125 years of nursing in Oxford.

Oxford School of Hospitality Management has been ranked in the top three in the world at the Worldwide Hospitality School Awards in Paris. The school’s mentoring programme also received recognition.
Read the full report.

Brookes Restaurant was runner-up in the 2016 Observer Food Monthly awards’ cheap eats category. Show your alumni membership card to get a 10% discount at the restaurant.
Read more about the restaurant’s success.

Brookes people making a difference

Chloë Arnold volunteered with Missouri Capital Sentencing Project. The law student spent five weeks on the project in St Louis.
Find out more about Chloë’s eye-opening experience.

Dr Julian Bayliss '03, who discovered a new rainforest in Mozambique in 2008 has had a new species of butterfly named after him.
Find out more Julian's work in the 'butterfly forest'.

A new Centre for Development and Emergency Practice book on preventing torture, by Dr Richard Carver and Dr Lisa Handley, has been discussed at the United Nations.
Find out more about Richard and Lisa’s book.

Professor Kate McLoughlin and Dr Niall Munro from our English department are working on a joint project with the University of Oxford on how best to commemorate war.
Read about their upcoming seminar series.

Events on campus

The War Beyond the Western Front is showing in the Glass Tank until 16 December. It highlights the lives of individuals beyond the Western Front during the First World War and was partly put together by Brookes students.
Find out more about the exhibition.

LGBT+ identity, rights, pride and community. A panel discussion including Tom Guy ‘06 - architecture alumnus and President of National Student Pride. Wednesday 22 February, 6-7pm.
Book your free place.

The 2017 Science Bazaar is on Saturday 25 February, 10:30-4pm in the JHB building on Headington Campus. Free and open to all!

Business hero Karen Mattison talks about “How to be ambitious and work part-time”. Wednesday 8 March, 6-7pm.
Book your free place.

The 15th annual Oxford Human Rights Festival will take place at Brookes from 14 to 18 March, with the exhibition in the Glass Tank opening on 27 February.
Find out more about the festival.

Chancellor Katherine Grainger’s inaugural lecture - “Is confidence born, bred or bluffed?” Wednesday 5 April, 6-7pm. Likely to sell out.
Please book early!

There are free screenings by the Documentary Club every Thursday during semester-time.
Visit their website for listings.


Subject-specific events on campus

15 Years of MA Coaching & Mentoring Alumni Round Table. Wednesday 18 January, 1-6pm.
Book your free place.

The Social Sculpture Research Unit’s first Social Sculpture Impulse Forum is in February and the second annual Platform event is in April. They are open to alumni, as well as current MA and PhD students.
Find out more about social sculpture.

90th Reunion of Oxford School of Architecture, Doric Club - Friday 2 June at Oxford Brookes. Invites to be sent.
Find out more about the Doric Club.

Campus update

Following a review of academic activity and the relationships between departments’ teaching and research, Oxford Brookes has now set out a new configuration for our Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses. This will see the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) based at Harcourt Hill along with part of the Department of Sports and Health Sciences.

The Business School is expected to move from Wheatley to Headington as planned for September 2017. Other Wheatley-based departments are expected to move to Headington by 2021/2022.
Find out more.