Alumni Newsletter

Winter 2018

JHBB with Christmas tree

2018 has been a great year for Oxford Brookes with excellent rankings in university guides, award-winning campus buildings and our alumni's many achievements. In the constantly evolving higher education sector, innovation is essential to success. And as the Costa Book Award shortlisted author and alumna Anne Youngson '10 says, "Brookes is an innovative institution where things are done in an intelligent way".

Alumni have made an invaluable contribution to Brookes' success and your continued support will make 2019 another great year. Thank you!

Highlights of this edition include:

Alumna shortlisted for Costa Book Award 
Brookes up 21 places in Good University Guide
A chocolatey festive treat 

Brookes Connections update

One of this year's successful innovations has been the Brookes Connections career-mentoring scheme - which currently has 200 mentors and 184 students registered. We are expecting a fresh wave of students and recent graduates to be seeking mentors in the new year, so if you are interested in providing advice and mentoring - now is a good time to find out more.
Find out more about Brookes Connections »

UK Alumni News

Anne Youngson

Anne Youngson '10 is on the shortlist for the Costa First Novel Award, for her novel Meet Me at the Museum. We'll have to wait until 7 January to find out if she has won. But in the meantime she has been talking to us about her novel and studying MA Creative Writing at Brookes. 
Watch Anne's story  »

Indigo - an ethical and sustainable shop on Cowley Road - is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Sarah Wearden '93 founded and runs Indigo. She talked to Observe about its ethos, her memories of the Poly and Brookes, and of overcoming depression.
Read about Sarah and Indigo in Observe »

Oxford Brookes Real Estate Management Society (OBREMS) celebrated 50 years of Real Estate at Oxford Brookes with a dinner that raised almost £5,000 for scholarships. Watch out for more anniversary celebrations at Oxford Brookes on 8 June 2019.
Find out more about the OBREMS dinner »

International Alumni News

Dinusha Weerawardane

Congratulations to Dinusha Weerawardane ’12, Chapter Leader in Colombo, Sri Lanka, who has been elected to the ACCA Global Council. And many congratulations also to her fellow ACCA graduate, Kamal Uddin Gazi Jishan ’18, who has been named as an ‘Emerging Leader 2018’ by The Institute of Internal Auditors, USA.
Find out more about the global partnership between Oxford Brookes and ACCA »

Two new Brookes ambassadors have been appointed in Asia. In Nepal, Pralhad Karki '18 will be providing social, cultural and educational information for prospective students. And in Japan, Shoji Miyagawa '99 is hoping to bring alumni together to share experiences and knowledge.
See all international alumni chapters and ambassadors »

Alumni Profile

Shal Tharumalingam

Shal Tharumalingam '92 has been Chapter Leader in Malaysia for a year, and describes the role as a "natural progression" after having "such an enriching time at Oxford Brookes". Shal has a great deal of professional experience in a number of industries, with roles ranging from counselling to marketing, and commercial management to public relations - and is keen to connect with other alumni.
Read Shal's profile »

University News

Clerici building interior

The redevelopment of Clerici (pictured above) and Sinclair buildings has won an award from the Oxford Preservation Trust - adding to the high commendation for Design Through Innovation awarded by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors earlier this year.
Read more about these award-winning buildings »

Oxford Brookes has climbed 21 places in The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 - the third most improved institution in the rankings.
Find out more »

This year's Gaza lecture included a moving personal testimony from the current recipient of the Gaza scholarship, Hadil Louz who described studying International Human Rights Law at Brookes as "accomplishing my dream".
Find out more about the Gaza scholarship »

The Brookes Review is a new online literary magazine that publishes the work of Brookes students, staff and alumni. It is currently accepting submissions - including poetry, short stories, flash fiction and creative non-fiction - for the first issue which will be published in spring 2019.
Find out how to submit your work »


Brookes in the City

Leadership and (dis)ability - Wednesday 12 December from 6pm
Dr Ossie Stuart and Dr Alex Donnelly discuss how to turn rights into reality for people with disabilities. Free and open to all.
Find out more and book your place »

Brexit Britain - Wednesday 6 February from 6pm
Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, puts the case for a radical agenda to give working people social and economic justice - whatever else happens with Brexit. Free and open to all.
Find out more and book your place »

Brookes in the City - Thursday 4 April
Save the date for a Brookes in the City event looking at how to improve diversity in the property industry. It will be in the evening at a venue in central London. More details to follow early in the new year.

Staying iconic - in case you missed it...
J Haynes '90 gave an open lecture on how he has transformed Haynes Publishing and brought innovative new products to the automotive support market. It is now available to view.
Watch J's lecture »

A chocolatey festive treat

Christmas Chocolate Cake

Fancy some christmas chocolate cake? Here is a super easy – and gluten free – recipe from Christiana Botziou ‘10 on her lovely website, The Gluten Free Greek.
Take me to the cake… »

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