Alumni Newsletter

Spring 2019

Daffodils in front of Richard Hamilton Building

It’s awards season! Oxford Brookes alumni have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in education, charitable work, contribution to their community, nursing and volunteering – as well as helping bring multi-award winner The Favourite to the screen.

UK Alumni News

Harri John

Harri John ’16 co-founded CREation – an inclusive property network that helps people who are new to the industry to make connections. It’s had a very successful 12 months and is an initiative that could be applied to many industries. Observe caught up with Harri on CREation’s first anniversary.
Read about Harri’s journey from under-confident 1st year student to the success of CREation »

Andy Willis '01 received a prestigious British Citizen Award for Services to Volunteering and Charitable Giving, at the Palace of Westminster on 24 January. Andy has been helping people in poverty through the Banburyshire Advice Centre which he set up 12 years ago.
Find out about Andy’s important and effective work »

Tom Guy ’06 – founder of National Student Pride (NSP) – received a Point of Light award on 21 February for his work in providing a safe space for LGBT+ students to discover their true identity.
Read how Tom started NSP, while a student at Brookes, in Observe »

Daniel Baker ’97 received the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire Award for his voluntary work as trustee of a charity that supports adults living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He was also praised for not letting the condition, which he lives with, prevent him achieving his ambitions, including working for NASA.
Read about an emotional day for Daniel »

Emma Blakey ’15 has been recognised as one of the top 100 nurses in the country by her peers. She works at the John Radcliffe Hospital and was named as one of WeNurses’ outstanding nurses at the end of last year.
Read about Emma’s lovely reaction to her award in the Oxford Mail »

Alex Baker ’13 has written an excellent article for Observe – about his happy memories of the Oxford Brookes Creative Writing Society and how it inspired him to create a writing group for teenagers, Igniting Writing.
Read Alex’s article in Observe »

Seven alumni returned to Brookes in January to answer questions from Year 12 and 13 students. Brookes Engage events are aimed at sixth-form and FE college students from backgrounds which are under-represented in higher education.
Read more about these successful Brookes Engage events »

International Alumni News

Ahmed Saya

Ahmed Saya ’08 has won the 2019 Dedicated Teacher Awards – a competition with over 4,000 nominations from across the globe. The Karachi-based BSc Applied Accounting graduate teaches over 1,000 students and is a dedicated member of The Bridge School for under-privileged children.
Read about Ahmed’s career and his views on the importance of education »

Five new international alumni ambassadors have been appointed – congratulations and thank you to Emmanuel Aguedzi ’18 in Accra, Ghana; Edwin Goli Mulenga ‘03 in Lusaka, Zambia; Muhammad Ahmed ‘13 in Dubai, UAE; Reem Osman ‘00 in Saar, Bahrain and Sajindu Perera ‘16 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Find out about international alumni networks near you »

University News

Chengdu campus

Oxford Brookes has launched a new partnership with Chengdu University of Technology (pictured above) that will lead to 1,000 new students studying for Brookes degrees in China.
Read more about the partnership »

Mike Leigh will headline the Oxford Human Rights Festival at Brookes – introducing a free screening of his recent, highly acclaimed film Peterloo followed by a Q&A session. See below to book your free place.


Oxford Human Rights Festival

Oxford Human Rights Festival — until Friday 22 March
As well as Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, this year’s festival features an exhibition of LGBTQ+ activism (including the scrapbooks of Tom Guy ’06), award-winning photography by Rory Carnegie ’15, a documentary by Emmy-winning film makers revealing the epic struggle of Franco’s victims in Spain, a Fairtrade fashion show, an open mic poetry night… and much, much more.
View the full programme and book »

Outburst — Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April
The Oxford Brookes University Festival returns to Pegasus Theatre, this year in association with The Oxford Times and Oxford Mail. Expect cookery demonstrations, instant poetry challenges, storytelling, augmented reality, theatre, comic making and live jazz as staff and students share experiences rooted in cutting-edge research and expertise.
Find out more about Outburst »

Chancellor’s Lecture — Wednesday 24 April at 6pm
Dame Katherine Grainger PhD will deliver her 2019 Chancellor’s lecture on enterprising creativity, drawing on her own experience of overcoming challenges and finding new ways of thinking and acting.
Book your free place »

Bacchus Society Ball — Friday 10 May from 7pm
The annual ball for Hospitality Management alumni and students, held at the Randolph Hotel in central Oxford. Deadline for buying tickets is 23 April.
Buy your ticket for the ball »

Open Lectures — Wednesdays at 6pm until 15 May
Lectures include Dr Scilla Elworthy’s Business Plan for Peace, Allegra McEvedy’s Bluffer’s Guide to Being an Entrepreneur, Peter Kennard's Unofficial War Artist and professorial lectures by Professor Dave Carter and Professor Nicole Pohl.
See the full programme of open lectures and book your free place(s) »

Brookes in the City
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the event scheduled for Thursday 4 April has had to be postponed. We are planning to run more alumni events in both London and Oxford in the autumn.

Brookes' Favourite Film Producer

Daniel Battsek

Daniel Battsek ’80 was Executive Producer of The Favourite which added an Oscar and seven BAFTAs to his already impressive roll call of award-winning films. Daniel is Director of Film4, where Observe caught up with him last year.
Read about Daniel Battsek’s passion for film »

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