Alumni Newsletter

Winter 2018

JHBB in the snow


Happy New Year and welcome to the Winter 2018 edition of your alumni newsletter.

With students returning to campus after the holidays, there are many ways for you to stay involved with Brookes, including...

Our new programme of alumni events - Brookes in the City
Mentoring students through Brookes Connections
Postgraduate study to boost your career

Brookes in the City

Brookes in the City

Our next Brookes in the City event will take place on 19 April. It follows the success of our first event in November 2017.

Women and Innovation in Business, a panel debate, will be held at the Malmaison, Charterhouse Square, London between 6pm and 8pm.

The panel will include:
Professor Simonetta Manfredi (chair), Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer, Oxford Brookes Business School
Dame Katherine Grainger, our Chancellor and Chair of UK Sport
Melanie Richards, Vice Chairman of KPMG UK and a Partner in Corporate Finance
Lily Simpson '06, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Detox Kitchen

Alumni news from the UK

Music alumni reunion

Class of 2013 Music alumni visited the John Henry Brookes Building in November. Pete Long, Jenny Shepherd, Phoebe Yates, Jon Yates, Anthony Wilson and Georgie Maughan (pictured above at another stop in their reunion, Winter Wonderland London) met with alumni officers for the tour. For Phoebe and Jon it was a transatlantic reunion with their former classmates - the married couple live in the USA.
Let us know if you hold an alumni reunion... or an alumni wedding!

Jason Bruges '94 provided a stunning climax to Hull’s year as City of Culture. Where Do We Go From Here? was a striking multi-site piece with over 20 repurposed industrial robot arms, some over six metres high.
See Jason’s spectacular creation »

Congratulations to Kathy Hinde '08 on winning a 2017 British Composer Award in December. Kathy won the Sonic Art category for her light and sound installation, Luminous Birds, which has delighted the general public and art lovers alike.
See Kathy’s inspiring installation »

The Brookes Engage programme is going from strength to strength thanks to the voluntary support of alumni. It is a long-term engagement programme that has been developed for students who come from backgrounds which are under-represented in higher education
Read about the latest Brookes Engage event »

Alumni news from around the world

Chennai Chapter

Devarajan Govindaswamy '15 is the new chapter leader in Chennai, India. He is keen to strengthen links with Brookes and promote the University's brand. See the events section below for information on the the forthcoming alumni events in New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.
Read Devarajan's profile »

Congratulations to Nachamada Geoffrey '12, finalist of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, 2017. Nacha’s leadership of the rangers in Yankari National Park, Nigeria has led to a significant reduction in elephant poaching in the park.
Read Nacha’s story »

George Owoyesigire '07 is pioneering a new approach to conservation that benefits bees, elephants and people. George founded the Bee Keeping Project, which keeps elephants away from farmland through the use of a 'fence' of bee hives, in Kibale National Park, Uganda in 2013. It is showing some very promising results for both wildlife and people.
Read George's new article in Observe »

Get involved

Think Human Photography Competition

Think Human Photography Competition - enter up to four photos on the theme of identity, empowerment, provocation or empathy. Entry is free and first prize in the alumni category is £50. Closing date: 31 March.
Find out more and enter »

Oxford Brookes Enterprise Support Awards - applications open soon. Awards are given for Social Enterprise, Social Innovation or Business Start up programmes. All alumni who have graduated since January 2016 are eligible to apply. Closing date: 28 February.
Find out more - and apply from 31 January »

Brookes Connections - our new Alumni E-mentoring platform goes live at the end of this month. As an alumnus, you will be able to sign onto the platform and e-network with students through ‘Ask a Question’, or browse and message other alumni members. If you are looking to benefit from being a mentor, you can undertake a short training session aligned with the ILM Coaching and Mentoring qualification (level two), receive a certificate of completion and mentor a student on our 10-week scheme. If you have already registered interest, an email with instructions to sign up will be sent to you very soon!
Register your interest (if you haven't already) »

CENDEP - our Centre for Development and Emergency Practice trains passionate and dedicated students. They embark on careers providing sustainable humanitarian and development support to communities facing conflict, natural disasters and poverty.
Support CENDEP students »

Business School Webinars Are you interested in studying a postgraduate course in Marketing, International Events Management, Finance or HR? The Business School is running short online information sessions (webinars) during February.
Sign-up for a webinar »

Is your career ‘alternative’? Help students understand what different careers entail by being interviewed by final year marketing student and Student Impact Fund project leader Mona-Katharina El-Saytar and featured on her modern careers podcast.
Email Mona-Katharina on


Science Bazaar images

Alumni Reunions in India - 13, 17 and 19 February, all starting 7.30pm
Alumni events in New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai - hosted by Pro Vice Chancellor Paul Inman and Martina Adamcikova, External Relations.
Get full details and book » 

Asylum in the UK, LGBT+ experiences - JHB Lecture Theatre, Wednesday 21 February, 6pm
Antonia Bright, national spokesperson of the Movement for Justice (MFJ), will facilitate a conversation with LGBT+ refugees about their experience of the asylum system.
Book your place now » 

Science Bazaar - Saturday 24 February, from 10.30am
A day full of amazing science and a chance to learn new things about the world around you. Enjoy hands-on activities, and meet Brookes staff and students. No need to book... just turn up! Especially recommended for children aged 5-12.
Find out more here »

Postgraduate Open Evening - Wednesday 28 February, from 4pm
Have you considered returning to Brookes for a Master’s degree? By studying for a postgraduate degree you can further your career, deepen your learning or move in a completely new direction. We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate degree fees for our alumni, which also extends to friends and family members.
Find out more and book your place »

Why Gender Diversity Matters in Corporate Britain - JHB Lecture Theatre, Wednesday 7 March, 6pm
Tea Colaianni, Non-Executive Director of Mothercare, will discuss the most pressing issues facing women in business with Oxford Brookes Professor Simonetta Manfredi.
Find out more and book »

Oxford Human Rights Festival - Monday 12 March to Saturday 17 March
Join us for the 16th Oxford Human Rights Festival at Brookes. Highlights include the Documentary Club's screening of City of Joy, a talk by Alexander Norman from the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion and a live performance of Borderline, a satire of the Calais Jungle devised and performed by an ensemble of European and refugee artists.
Full programme details available early February on the festival website »

Forthcoming international events...
Hold the date for events in the following cities:

• Chicago - Tuesday 27 February
• Boston - Thursday 1 March
• New York - Friday 2 March
• Beijing - Wednesday 14 March
• Shanghai - Friday 16 March
• Hong Kong - Saturday 17 March

Invites with full details will be sent to alumni in the USA and China/Hong Kong very soon!

Oxford Brookes Venues

Conference Services is now known as Oxford Brookes Venues. Alongside the new name we also have a range of new spaces thanks to the completion of the Clerici refurbishment. This has culminated in one of the most modern meetings and teaching venues in Oxford, offering a range of rooms, lecture theatres and event space providing a modern venue to meet, train and teach.

As Oxford Brookes Alumni, we are delighted to offer you 20% off all room hire, including overnight accommodation when booked through the Oxford Brookes Venues website. Simply use the code AlumniOBV when making an enquiry or booking.
Find out more and make a booking »

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