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  • Inspirational teachers and thinkers

    You’ll be learning from among the best. Many of our academics are internationally recognised for pioneering work in their field and are valued by students for explaining things clearly. They are also passionate about their subjects and love to share that enthusiasm.

    The best thing about the course has been the tutors. Each and every one of them is passionate and knowledgeable.

    Zoe Shuttleworth, studied Law

    Whatever you study, you’ll be encouraged to think in new ways, to develop new skills and to give your best. In fact, we are in the top 25 universities in the UK for teaching quality, and in the top 20 for course satisfaction.

    Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, National Student Survey 2015.

  • Getting inspired as a social entrepreneur

    When Christabelle Peech came to Brookes from Zimbabwe, she had not mapped out her future career. It was lecturer Roberto Daniele who sparked her passion for social entrepreneurship.

    Christabelle’s light bulb moment came in the third year of her degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. She describes starting a module on social entrepreneurship - where tourism and businesses work to empower local communities. “On the first day, our lecturer, Roberto, handed around a piece of paper which essentially said: ‘BE INSPIRED’. And from that moment I was.”

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    As well as focusing on the practical ‘how to’ issues of setting up initiatives, he also made us believe that we should have a go - that we had nothing to lose”, explains Christabelle. Successful social entrepreneurs visited Brookes to share their experiences, and Roberto encouraged his students to attend the SKOLL World Forum for social entrepreneurship, held each year in Oxford. “It was a total gamechanger. Hearing from people from all over the world who were so successfully bringing about change, made me want to go back home to Zimbabwe and do the same.”

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    Creating her role

    After returning to Zimbabwe in 2014, Christabelle created a new role for herself at The Hide safari camp based in Hwange National Park. “I had gone there for a completely different job but ended up interviewing them about the importance of social responsibility within the tourism industry. I had learnt to pitch projects and business plans from the entrepreneurship module at Brookes.” Her written proposal for the safari camp to partner and support the local community was accepted along with her own role in liaison and fundraising.

    Partnering a rural community

    If it had not been for Roberto pushing us to take the risk, I wouldn’t have even attempted to follow these dreams of mine.

    Christabelle Peech

    Christabelle is now a social entrepreneur in her own right and is currently engaged with a raft of community activities. They include fundraising to replace the roof of the nearby primary school which has been eaten by termites, and teaching the school children about ‘keyhole’ gardening where they learn to grow vegetables in recycled materials. She is also working with local farmers to promote beekeeping fences so they can protect their crops from elephants and other wildlife. Future projects include starting a local volunteer programme.

    Working to make a difference

    What’s the secret of her success? “I believe very strongly in collaboration. It’s all about connecting the needs of these local rural people with others who are able to help. This was the basis of what Roberto taught us, along with skills, the drive and the unwavering passion to make a difference.”

    Roberto has set up Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards, an award winning programme which is open to all students at Brookes.


  • A few other examples of inspirational teachers at Brookes

    1. History professor Anne-Marie Kilday – who was awarded most inspirational lecturer in Brookes Union’s teaching awards for 2014 – is widely recognised as an authority on the history of violent crime.

    Anne Marie brings the Victorian underworld to life, making you feel as if you are experiencing it firsthand. What makes her a great teacher is her dedication and passion not only towards her topic but also towards her students.

    Maddie Roberts, studying History
  • 2. Dr James Balkwill, engineering lecturer, was awarded Most Inspirational Lecturer in Brookes Union’s student-led teaching awards for 2015. He is highly regarded for his industry expertise and teaching style. His students value his ability to explain any subject with knowledge and enthusiasm

    James is an incredibly engaging lecturer. He makes every subject he taught very interesting and relevant to our field of study. His background in engineering and how he relates it to what we are learning inspires me to work harder in all my modules.

    Student nomination for Most Inspirational Lecturer in Brookes Union Teaching Awards 2015
  • 3. Professor Anna Barnett is a psychology professor who researches and teaches developmental psychology and is well-known for her groundbreaking work identifying the problems some children face in learning to write. She received the Best Academic Adviser award in Brookes Union’s student-led Teaching Awards for 2015.

    Anna has been fabulous since my first meeting with her in my first year. She continues to provide support and direction, and pushes us to achieve the very best we can...I’m incredibly glad I have got her as my academic adviser, and know that with her by my side championing me, the sky will be my limit.

    Student nomination for Best Academic Adviser in Brookes Union’s Teaching Awards for 2015
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  • What students say

    The whole teaching team were really enthusiastic and passionate.

    Becky Turner, studying Early Childhood Studies

    There is a great depth of knowledge within the Brookes teaching staff and the experience they share with you, the students, is invaluable.

    Jessica Dowdy, studied Construction Project Management

    The staff really get to know students personally and are able to offer tailored advice..

    Sarah Macpherson, Law student

    Most of the tutors running my modules are currently working in industry, so they can draw upon their knowledge and experience and give real-life examples…

    Charlotte Lee, studying Human Resource Management

    The tutors here are really supportive and there is a real sense of community between students, and between students and staff. Learning becomes a way of life and not just a structured routine.

    Emma Bates Garcia, English Literature student