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Alumni Newsletter

October 2017

Congratulations to all our new graduates

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 edition of your alumni e-newsletter and congratulations to all our recently graduated alumni.

It is a very exciting time at Oxford Brookes with a new academic year starting, and in this issue you can read about:

Brookes Connections - the launch of a new e-mentoring scheme
The Business School's move to the Headington Campus
Alumni news from around the world.


Brookes Connections

Brookes Connections

Brookes Connections is a new e-mentoring scheme being launched this month. It aims to make career mentoring available to all Brookes students who want it. We are hoping to recruit alumni to start mentoring in mid-November, with more to start in late January.

You can choose to sign-up to offer one-to-one mentoring for ten weeks at a time and/or answer specific career-related questions from any student in the programme.
Find out more about Brookes Connections and register


Brookes Alumni Fund Telethon

Brookes Alumni Fund

The 2017 Telethon once again showed the generosity and goodwill of Brookes alumni, who donated over £52,000 to the Brookes Alumni Fund. This support enables the University to undertake ground-breaking research, and fund bursaries and scholarships that give our brightest students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to pursue their dreams. It also provides opportunities for many students to undertake, and participate in, projects and field trips that benefit communities locally, nationally and internationally.
Find out more about the Brookes Alumni Fund


Alumni news from the UK

Reunion at Headington Hill Hall

Oxford Poly alumni took part in a reunion (pictured above) in September. The event at Headington Hill Hall brought together 31 alumni from the 1970s and was greatly enjoyed by everyone.
Read more on our website

Edward Holcroft '10 is currently appearing in the box office smash Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The Philosophy alumnus plays the part of Charlie, a one-armed villain.

New Film Studies alumnus, James Fallows '17 has filmed a virtual reality documentary at an ancient Buddhist temple in China. He was selected from thousands of entries at the Golden Lenses Award and flew out to Qinghai in July.
Read more in the Oxford Mail


Alumni news from around the world

Shanghai alumni reunion

Tina Wang '11, Shanghai Chapter Leader, organised a reunion dinner (pictured above) in July. "The reunion event was great, everyone really enjoyed it," said Tina who is already looking forward to the next event.
To join the Shanghai Alumni Chapter, email Tina on tina.wang@oxfordbrookes.net

Congratulations to Gautom Menon '04 who has been named as one of GQ’s most influential young Indians. Gautom is the founder and owner of Wild Tiger Rum which has sold over 100,000 bottles with 10% of the profits donated to Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.

Natasa Savic ‘17 is the new Dubai Chapter Leader. Natasa recently graduated with an MSc in International Hotel and Tourism Management, and is aiming to connect Brookes alumni in a city of ultra-modern architecture and hospitality services.
To join the Dubai Alumni Chapter, email Natasa on natasa.savic@oxfordbrookes.net

New Oxford Brookes Ambassadors have been appointed - Nowshin Jahan '12 in Bangladesh and Hieu Nguyen '15 in Vietnam. They will represent the University, offering advice to prospective and returning students.
Find out how you can get involved on our website

Reminder! The prestigious British Council Alumni Awards applications are still open. Winners can raise their international profile, build their professional networks and business connections, and win a trip to the UK.
For more information and to apply - visit the British Council website


University news

Business School building, Headington Campus

Oxford Brookes Business School has now moved to its new home on Headington Campus - in the Clerici Building and site of the old library, which have been extensively refurbished. Everyone has settled in well for the start of the new semester, and teaching is underway.
Read more about the Business School's new home

The old Main Hall - site of many a graduation ceremony - is also being transformed as part of the redevelopment work on Headington Campus. The new hall has been named, The Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall. Sir Kenneth was instrumental in the move to Headington in the 1950s, planning the creation of the "promised land" with John Henry Brookes and working tirelessly to change the City Council's minds after they initially rejected the proposals. 
Read more on our website

Oxford Brookes University has been named as one of the top 50 young universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2018 – and is the only UK university to make the list.
Find out more about Brookes’ latest accolade

We are sorry to report the death of Paul Oliver MBE. Paul was a renowned expert on vernacular architecture as well as a great scholar of Blues music. He became Associate Head of the Oxford School of Architecture in 1978. Dr Marcel Vellinga paid tribute to Paul, saying, “He was an inspiration, teacher and mentor to students and colleagues around the world, whose knowledge, wisdom and ability to motivate and inspire students in both the fields of vernacular architecture and Blues music will be greatly missed." Marcel will speak at the launch of the Paul Oliver Vernacular Library - see Events section.
Read Paul's obituary on the Guardian website


Events

Know your onions!

The Power of Diversity in Education - Wednesday 11 October, 6pm.
Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, Uduak Archibong and Melz Owusu, pioneer of the Why is my Curriculum White? Campaign discuss how to advance equality, diversity, and inclusion good practices in universities.
Book your place at this Black History Month event

Know your Onions! - Wednesday 18 October, 6pm.
Professor Helen Walkington shows how expert mentors can support undergraduate research - and how powerful that research can be, including surprising findings on the environmental impact of onions.
Find out more and book your place at Helen's fascinating lecture

Paul Oliver Vernacular Library - Wednesday 18 October, 2pm.
Launch event with talk by Dr Marcel Vellinga.
Find out more

Alumni Reunion in Malaysia - Thursday 19 October, 7pm.
Join Pro Vice-Chancellor, Chris Blackburn at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Book your place now

Britain and Palestine - Wednesday 8 November, 6pm.
On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Professor Avi Shlaim (University of Oxford) critically examines Britain’s historical and on-going role in the apparently intractable conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. This is the 2017 Oxford Brookes Gaza lecture.
Find out more and book your place


Coming your way soon...

Look out for the digital edition of the Brookes magazine - Observe - which will be coming to your inbox in November. Stories will include an insightful feature on our Chancellor, Dame Katherine Grainger, an interview with legendary comedy writer and honorary graduate, Paul Mayhew-Archer and many alumni stories - including that of exciting young artist, Saad Qureshi '07.

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