Alumni Newsletter

Autumn 2018

Freshers Fair 2018

Welcome to your autumn alumni newsletter. Students have been flocking to the Freshers' Fair today and we're all looking forward to a new year at Oxford Brookes. You can help students work towards a successful future by offering them career advice and mentoring through the Brookes Connections e-mentoring platform. Find out more below.

Also in this edition:

Westminster College Reunion
Wild Tiger Rum
Hon Grad Nominations


Brookes Connections

Students have been receiving career e-mentoring and advice from alumni through Brookes Connections since February 2018. There are now over 600 alumni and students on the platform.

Mentors are gaining a range of postive experiences, including helping students, reflecting on their own skills, networking and giving something back to Brookes in a flexible way. There has been a great response from students - many of them recommending the scheme to their fellow students.

The next 6-week mentoring course for students begins on 22 October with the programme being extended to recent graduates in January. You can join the platform now to network with other alumni as well as give advice to students.

Find out more and join Brookes Connections »


UK Alumni News

Tori Fleet midwife

Brookes-educated midwives were reunited with the babies they delivered and their parents as part of the NHS's 70th anniversary celebrations in July. Pictured are (left to right) Lucy Grey, Tori Fleet '18 and Annabella Baudrey Grey.
Read more about the event »

Ninety 'Old Ws' - alumni of Westminster College - celebrated their annual reunion at Harcourt Hill this month.
See pictures and read about the event »

Congratulations to Peter Lowe '93 on successfully swimming the Channel in July. He had to brave jellyfish stings as well as the cold water but made it to France in just under 14 hours. You can read Peter's account of the swim on his fundraising page (for Cancer Research UK).
Read Peter's story »

OneCup, the reusable cup scheme pioneered by entrepreneur Harry Hall '18, won the Pitching for Success award at the recent Venturefest Oxford event.
Find out more about Harry's success »

A new city trail showing the history of LGBTQ+ in Oxford has been developed by History alumnus and current PhD student Ross Brooks '17.
Learn more about Oxford's LGBTQ+ history »


International Alumni News

Chennai alumni event

We caught up with Gautom Menon '04 (fifth from left above), founder of Wild Tiger Rum, at our Chennai alumni event earlier this year. He talked about his time at Brookes, entrepreneurism and tiger conservation.
Read Gautom's story »

Also in Chennai, Ven Krishnamoorthy '03 is aiming to change society's idea of who can be a model through his Maid to Model project.
Find out more about Maid to Model on the Daily Thanthi's English language site »

Applications for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 are now open. The awards celebrate outstanding achievements of alumni. If you have used your experience of studying at Brookes to make a postivie contribution to your community, profession or country then you could be an award winner.
Find out more and enter the Study UK Alumni Awards »


Alumni profile

Ilias Vamvakas

Ilias Vamvakas '04 is Brookes' new alumni ambassador in Greece. He is motivated by "mentoring, developing and growing talent" and hopes to increase networking among Brookes alumni.
Read Ilias's profile »


University News

Brookes Bus launch

Brookes buses have been given a makeover! Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alistair Fitt and Oxford Bus Company's Managing Director, Phil Southall cut the ribbon on the newly designed buses last week.
Read more about the new buses »

The deadline for nominating honorary graduates - for next summer's graduation ceremonies - is Friday 19 October. If you know of someone who has made an outstanding contribution to Brookes and wider society - you can nominate them via the link below
Nominate an honorary graduate »

An inspirational new building - a 'making hub' - is planned for the Headington Hill site. It will provide purpose-built space for a variety of practical teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities, and bring together engineering, computing and disciplines from the creative industries.
Find out more »


Events

What's On At Brookes

 

Oxtoberfest - Friday 28 September from 6.30pm
An evening of Bavarian inspired fun for Oxford Brookes and Oxford University alumni - in the heart of London
Get more details - and tickets here »

Open Lecture Series - from Wednesday 10 October
The 2018/19 series includes talks by Afua Hirsch, Sir Jim Smith, Frances O'Grady, Scilla Elworthy and Allegra McEvedy - as well as award-winning performance poetry, the role of architecture in conflict and unofficial war art. The first lecture, titled Doctor Frankenstein and the Sex Robots, by Professor Alex Goody is on 10 October.
View all Open Lectures at Brookes »

OBREMS Dinner - Thursday 8 November, 6.30pm to midnight
A three-course black-tie dinner celebrating 50 years of Real Estate Management at Brookes. The guest speaker is Charlie Green '92, Chief Executive and Founder of The Office Group.
More details on the OBREMS website »

Staying Iconic, J Haynes '90 - Wednesday 14 November from 6pm
This year's alumni lecture is delivered by J Haynes, CEO of Haynes Publishing. He will explain how he has successfully transformed his business, producers of the iconic Haynes Manuals, to bring innovative new products to the automotive aftermarket.
Book your place at J's fascinating lecture »

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