Staff communications

  • Staff communications channels

    What communications can you expect as a member of staff at Brookes? What is the best way to keep up-to-date, contribute and get involved? Here are some of the key ways to keep informed and opportunities for feedback.

    • The e-newsletter for staff, celebrates success and features news from across the University and all sites on key projects, initiatives, events and activities. 
    • Areas covered include: University’s response to national issues such as fees, internal policy such as transport, project news such as campus redevelopment, research news, events, links to other sources including Faculty news and committee highlights. 
    • Reflects the human interest angle where possible and builds sense of community. To submit news articles email:  
    • Frequency: fortnightly on Thursdays in semester, monthly in vacation time. 

    Visit Onstream at: 

    • A monthly digest of key strategic issues, providing managers with succinct information to brief their teams so that all staff get a consistent message.
    • Summarises key points at Executive Board and other committee meetings: details of operational projects, policy, finance updates and other major issues and change initiatives from around the University.
    • Emailed to senior managers to cascade to all staff and support discussion in team meetings, then available on the intranet archive.
    • Frequency: monthly following Executive Board meetings.  Available to all staff on the intranet the Wednesday after release.

    See the e-brief archive

    • Dedicated account for Brookes staff for Onstream news, and relevant retweets from @oxford_brookes and other University feeds
    • Regular staff or departmental takeovers of the account
    • Updates on campus information, emergency communications
    • Focus on staff experience such as on campus events, staff recognition and guest tweeters

    • Key-note events providing an opportunity to hear from the V-C and Senior Management Team on the University’s key priorities, strategic focus and expectations in the next 6-12 months.   
    • Chance for discussion about how Brookes is dealing with strategic challenges through Q&A.
    • Questions taken from the floor and submitted in advance via Internal Communications (where appropriate these will help shape the content of the briefings or time permitting, put forward at briefings).
    • Frequency: twice yearly (spring and autumn).

    Staff open forum sessions

    The first series of open forums, led by Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Alison Cross, Director of Human Resources, took place across our campuses in September 2016. These were an informal opportunity to discuss working at Brookes.

    There was also an opportunity to submit questions anonymously using a 'virtual question box'.The answers to these will be published via Onstream articles.

    The next series of open forum sessions are:

    Swindon:  6 September, 11.30-13.00, room Teaching 2

    Headington: 18 September, 11.00-12.30, room G216A

    Harcourt:  19 September, 12.30-14.00, room BG26

    Wheatley:  20 September, 11.00-12.30, room EL17

    Marston Road: 20 September, 1.30-3.00, room MR119


    Senior Management Team lunches

    A series of lunches with SMT made a return last semester.  They are based around specific topic areas - from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to Athena Swan.

    We are welcoming suggestions on what topics should be covered in the lunches. Please send in your suggestions to Anne-Marie Kilday.


    •  Email addresses from the Vice-Chancellor on a range of current issues. 
    • Frequency: issued in response to important announcements or to coincide with calendar events, rather than scheduled. 

    • Corporate announcements that are time critical or that need to be disseminated simultaneously to all staff. 
    • Includes factual information for example, emergency communications and serious incidents.
    • Frequency: to coincide with particular events. 

    The University produces a portfolio of bespoke publications aimed at staff, visitors and alumni.

    For more information please email