Head into Brookes is a series of activities designed to help you understand and prepare for student life and studying on your course. Live links to all of the activities will be available on this page.
Head into Brookes
This short course will give you the best possible start at Brookes by reflecting on the expectations and the realities of success at university. The course should take no longer than one hour and is split into four sections.
Many students told us they wish they’d taken more time at the start of their university journey to reflect on what they wanted to get out of it. So we created this course to help you navigate the transition to university study and life. It includes videos, quizzes and Brookes students talking about starting at university.
It will help you:
- identify the skills and qualities you bring to Brookes
- understand what you need to be successful at university
- define your goals and how to start achieving them.
Designed for new undergraduate students, these forums will take place over Zoom and give you the chance to talk to current students as well as other new students. The forums will focus on three themes and you’ll be able to sign up for one specifically for your course and other similar courses:
1. Meet your course mates
2. Starting uni: leaving home and settling in
3. Starting my course: work life balance and what to expect
Details of how to join the forums will be posted on this page in early July. Register your interest in joining these workshops using this form.
All sessions are 60 minutes followed by 30 minutes in which you can ask any questions. All workshops will be on Zoom and live links will be posted here on 1 September.
Click on the menu below to find dates and times for the workshops in September.
Leaving home and living independently - 2 & 9 September.
- Thursday 2 September, 12.30
- Thursday 9 September, 16.00
What to expect: Starting university may well involve living away from home, having to manage your own time, and developing the skills to cope. In this workshop, students from Oxford Brookes share their experiences of how it went for them and both staff and students share tips on how to make the process of living independently easier.
My social network: how will I meet people? - 6 & 8 September.
- Monday 6 September, 12.30
- Wednesday 8 September, 16.00
What to expect: Coming to Brookes might be the first time you move somewhere new and you might be worrying about starting a brand new social life. Join this workshop to hear existing students talk about how they made friends at Brookes and learn a bit more about opportunities to socialise in Oxford.
Am I good enough? (Combatting Imposter Syndrome) - 3 & 10 September.
- Friday 3 September, 14.00
- Friday 10 September, 11.00
What to expect: We know that stepping up to university can be daunting and many people have moments where they lack confidence. Join us to explore some of the challenges that students face and get some ideas and strategies for overcoming your fears.
Becoming an independent learner: knowing my skills and helping myself - 2 & 14 September.
- Thursday 2 September, 15.00
- Tuesday 14 September, 11.00
What to expect: Moving from school or college to university brings a changing relationship with staff and teachers. There is lots of support available but you might need to access it in different ways. In this workshop, we’ll be thinking about the type of support you can expect, who you can turn to for help, and what the best way of approaching people might be.
Have I missed much? Feeling underprepared because of Covid-19 - 8 September.
- Wednesday 8 September, 13.00
What to expect: We really want you to know that the university understands that all new students will have experienced some big interruptions to their learning in the last two years. In this workshop, we’ll explore some common concerns that new students might have about the impact of Covid-19 on their education and qualifications. We want to reassure you and help you start thinking about how you can take action to feel more confident.
Kickstart your Career: How to Boost Your Employability in your First Year 3 & 10 September.
- Friday 3 September 13.00
- Friday 10 September 12.00
What to expect: Life after graduation is a long way off, but it's never too soon to start exploring your options and boosting your experience. This Kickstart Your Career session will give you some hints and tips on ways to get involved to build your employability and tell you exactly how this will make you stand out from the crowd.
Study Skills for international students - 17 September.
- Friday 17 September 13.00 - 14.30
What to expect: Going to university in the UK is an exciting opportunity for international students and also brings new challenges. This session will highlight differences between the UK university system and elsewhere and suggest key study skills for students who are studying in the UK for the first time.
Getting Started: A Guide for Mature Students - 17 September.
Friday 17th September 11:00 - 12:30
What to expect: Getting Started: This session will help you make the most of your university experience, with information on mature student support, and activities exploring learning technology, reading strategies, and building your confidence. By the end of the session, you will have met some interesting new people and developed some great ideas about how to make the most of your first few months at Brookes.