Aiming High with Brookes Engage

11 February 2020

Brookes Engage students

Seven alumni returned to Brookes on 15 and 22 January to participate in networking events for Years 12 and 13 school and college students. The events were part of the 18-month engagement programme - Brookes Engage - that has been developed for students who come from backgrounds which are under-represented in higher education. 

Brookes Engage is designed to support pupils to make a successful transition into university by providing participants with experiences that will develop skills and attributes that will be beneficial both in the world of study and employment.

An absolute pleasure coming back to one of my favourite places and trying to inspire the next generation.

Taiwo Amos ‘15, Assistant Accountant at Travis Perkins

Both evenings were very lively with students being able to ask lots of questions in their small groups and receive useful advice from the alumni professionals. The professions of the alumni ranged from accountancy and nursing to tourism and work in the charity sector.

I really enjoyed it and it looked like the students were really getting into it. I am more than happy to help out as much as I can.

Emily-Rose Vaughan-Fowler ‘13, Clinical Research Nurse

Students said of the evening, “I found it really inspiring to learn how some of them got to their chosen career, through Brookes”, and that the networking event had “broadened their understanding of university”. One student said, “I was given advice that I wouldn't have received from school, so it was new information and very useful".

Another student said they “found the alumni very inspiring due to how enthusiastic they were about their career paths, and this really motivated me. It was a pleasure to speak with them, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”

Great evening - thanks again for inviting me along, the students were fantastic!

Dan O’Driscoll ‘06, Volunteering and Engagement Consultant

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