Alumni Newsletter

May 2017

Headington Hill Hall beehive

It’s been a busy and successful spring for Brookes alumni: winning awards, staging exhibitions and holding reunions among other highlights. We hope you enjoy reading about what your fellow alumni - and other members of the Brookes community - have been doing.

Alumni ball on 23 September

Alumni Ball 2015

The next alumni ball will take place on Saturday 23 September at Oxford Brookes Headington Campus. Catch up with your classmates while enjoying an evening of fine dining, music and entertainment. Everyone is welcome, with particular focus on Class of 2012, 2007, 2002, 1992, 1987, 1977 and 1967+.
Look out for more information soon!

Mentoring success


Did you know that over 250 mentors volunteer their time to support Brookes students? One of those mentors is Kit Cutter '14, Managing Coach at Boing Kids. He mentors and manages work placements for 25 Sport, Coaching and Physical Education students, including Sarah Clarke (pictured with Kit).
Read more about Kit and Sarah’s work

Alumni news from the UK

Kazem Hakimi

Oxford Poly alumnus and photographer Kazem Hakimi has opened his first major exhibition of portraits at Modern Art Oxford and Arts at the Old Fire Station. The exhibition, entitled Kazem Hakimi: Portraits from a Chip Shop, was all photographed at the back of his fish and chip shop on Iffley Road. It runs until 2 July.
Find out more about Kazem’s exhibition

Art alumnus Saad Kureshi '07 has been selected to make a permanent new art work for the Central Courtyard at the University’s Headington Campus.
Find out more about Saad’s work

Dr Thomas Shannon '10 will receive an honorary degree in June. Thomas co-founded the Oxford Metrics Group and is director of Vicon Motion Systems. He has given open lectures at Brookes, provided industrial placements and employs Brookes graduates.

Nursing alumna and entrepreneur Laure Sylvie Loutala M'polo ‘09 ran the second successful African Fashion Roots Oxford Show at Tingewick Hall on 6 May. It showcased local designers from Oxford City College.
Meet Laure and some of the models

Marvin Goode '81 and his classmates from the first Building HND cohort shared great memories of Oxford Poly when they returned last month for a reunion.
Read about Marvin’s Oxford Poly memories

Share your memories of your student days every Thursday on Facebook.
Join in #ThrowbackThursday

Alumni news from around the world

Sherif Hefni

Congratulations to Sherif Hefni '12 on winning the Study UK Alumni Awards Egypt - Professional Achievement category. The award recognises those who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry. Sherif completed his Graduate Law Diploma at Brookes.

In 2012 he founded Levari LLP - an international law firm based in Cairo. Today, the company has over 15 members of staff, 75+ clients and has developed two legal products for local and foreign businesses and start-ups in Egypt, which are under consideration for adoption by UK law firms.
Read more about Sherif’s success

We have had a busy spring with alumni events in Dubai, USA and Australia. We set up new chapters, talked to prospective students and networked with our country-based alumni.
Find out more about our recent international events

University news

Ken Loach

BAFTA award winning director, Ken Loach opened the 15th annual Oxford Human Rights Festival at Brookes in March. The festival is organised each year by students at the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) which is part of the School of Architecture.
Read what Ken Loach said in his Q&A

Five new Student Impact Fund projects have won funding, thanks to the generosity of alumni donating to the Brookes Alumni Fund. Projects include a zine for people with learning disabilities and a sensory garden at Harcourt Hill Campus.
Find out more about the Student Impact Fund

It’s been an exciting start to the year for Brookes Sport, which has included the Brookes boat club being voted the best in the country, a successful BUCS Winter Season, Brookes vs Reading Varsity, Brookes Active programme and the 33rd Annual Sports Awards Dinner.
Read our sports round up of the year so far…

Oxford Brookes Business School is moving this summer. The Clerici Building and the Old Library are undergoing a £30m refurbishment to provide the Business School, including the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, with a new home at the heart of the Headington Campus.


African Fashion Roots Oxford ShowA little taste of the African Fashion Roots Oxford Show earlier this month (see above)

Founder’s Day lecture - Wednesday 24 May, 6-7pm.
“We have ways of making you laugh” - by Paul Mayhew-Archer.
Just a few places left so book now!

Postgraduate open evening - Wednesday 14 June, 4.30-7pm.
Find out about the range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities. Alumni, families and friends receive a 10% discount on postgraduate courses at Brookes.
Book your place at the open evening

If you missed our Chancellor, Dame Katherine Grainger’s lecture - “Is Confidence Born, Bred or Bluffed…”
Listen here

Can you turn an orange into a grapefruit? What is digital wildfire? Is love real? Find out in Oxford on Friday 29 September at...
...The Curiosity Carnival

Awards and scholarships

Do you know of any alumni that graduated between 2014 and 2017, and deserve to be recognised for a sustainability initiative that enhances enterprise skills and has had a positive social and environmental impact?
Find out more at the Green Gown Awards website

Scholarships for language teacher training are being offered by the British Council.
Find out more at the British Council website

And finally… if you were wondering what the object in the foreground of the picture of Headington Hill Hall is - it’s a ‘Freedom Beehive’, an approach to beekeeping guided by the biology and the natural life cycle of the honeybee.

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