Alumni Newsletter

Spring 2018

JHBB in the snow

Welcome to the Spring edition of your alumni newsletter. As well as reporting on another successful Brookes in the City event, this edition includes:

New opportunities with Brookes Connections
Alumni art and new look signage on campus
Think Human Festival

Brookes in the City


The second in the series of Brookes in the City alumni events was held on 19 April at Charterhouse Malmaison in London.

A wide range of alumni and friends attended to hear from the panellists Dame Katherine Grainger, Lily Simpson '08 (Founder and Managing Director, Detox Kitchen) and Brookes Honorary Graduate Melanie Richards (Partner and Deputy Chair, KPMG) chaired by Professor Simonetta Manfredi (Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Transfer, Oxford Brookes Business School) on the topical subject, Are we making the most of women's talent? 

A big thank you to the general manager Stephanie Segoura '95 for offering her hospitality and a great venue.

UK alumni news


Adetokunbo (Toks) Hussain '14 (pictured above with his team) was UK runner-up in the Global Legal Hackathon. He is developing an app that will improve access to justice.
Read more about Toks' work »

Gina Akers '03 couldn't win any of the 2018 UK Blog and Influencer Awards...  because she was the competition's Head Judge!
Find out who Gina gave the prizes to »

Universities have disclosed their gender pay gap for the first time - and it shows there's a lot of work to do across the sector. Rachael Pells '12 has written about it for Times Higher Education.
Read Rachael's article »


International alumni news


March's events in Beijing, Shanghai (pictured) and Hong Kong brought together alumni and prospective students. Thank you to all the alumni who shared their memories and advice about studying at Brookes with the students. We plan to do similar events in the future.

Five new ambassadors have recently joined our growing international networks. Amani Al Bohisi '17 (Amman, Jordan), Rosanna Romano '79 (Vienna, Austria), Aliya Dukenbayeva '15 (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Vivian Leng '04 (Chengdu, China), Kuntal Shah '09 (Ahmedabad, India) and Stephanie Rea '90 (Perth, Australia) will all be extending the Brookes alumni community in their areas.
Find your nearest international alumni network contact »

Congratulations to Renat Galyamov '10 on winning the 2018 Study UK Alumni Entrepreneurial Award for Kazakhstan. Renat built Kazakhstan’s largest medical information technology product - which has already connected over 300,000 patients with medical organisations and doctors across the country.
Read more about Renat's achievement »

Increasing student opportunities


Between 31 May and 21 June students will be calling alumni for our annual Telethon to help provide scholarships and other opportunities for students who risk missing out due to their financial circumstances. Betty Siham (pictured) from South Sudan is fulfilling her ambitions by doing her Master’s in Development and Emergency Practice at Brookes - thanks to a CENDEP scholarship. 
Watch Betty's story »

Brookes Connections - our career e-mentoring scheme - is going from strength to strength. There are new opportunities to mentor recent graduates as well as students on our advanced scheme from June onwards.
Find out more about Brookes Connections »

Campus news


If you've been on campus recently you may have noticed some rather funky looking new signage. It is the work of Manchester-based company, Placemarque - owned by Architecture alumna Sue Manley '85. Sue's company have also created new signage for Oxford city centre and the Oxford Canal Walk.
Find out more about Placemarque »

A brand new piece of public art by Saad Qureshi '07 was unveiled at the University in February. The sculpture is entitled Assembly and is permanently installed in the central courtyard on the Headington Campus.
Find out more about Assembly »

A fruit orchard has been planted near Headington Hill Hall by Biological and Molecular Science student, Ruth Shaw - thanks to the Student Impact Fund which is one of the funds supported by the annual Telethon. Students and staff can look forward to sustainable fruit on campus for years to come!



Hoi Polloi, the 2018 Fine Art Degree Show - Friday 11 to Thursday 17 May
An exciting and varied selection of artwork created by the Class of 2018 will be exhibited in the Glass Tank gallery and in the Richard Hamilton Building. Open to all.
Find out more »

Think Human Festival - Monday 21 to Saturday 26 May
Join us for a week of free talks, debates, activities, and performances covering topics as diverse and divisive as Brexit, criminality in the internet age, protest songs, and craft-activism. You can also explore society’s fascination with murder, education’s impact on mental health, working-class fiction, sensory art, and the history of magic.
See all Think Human events »

"In my day", The Power of the Past in Education - Wednesday 30 May, from 6pm
Professor Mary Wild brings a welcome dose of evidence-based argument to the debate on the future of education.
Find out more and book »

AFROShow 2018 - Saturday 2 June, doors 5pm
Led by dynamic entrepreneur Laure Loutala M'polo '09 , the fashion showcase returns to Oxford Town Hall for its 3rd year.
Buy your tickets now »

Robots of Good Character - Wednesday 6 June, from 6pm
Professor Nigel Crook explores whether we can equip robots with moral competency – and whether or not we should.
Find out more and book »

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