Inspiring local communities

The UK Recruitment and Partnerships team at Oxford Brookes University run a wide range of events aimed at learners in the UK. The team aims to help individuals achieve their aspirations, support their attainment and raise awareness of Higher Education. They work with young people at all key stages of education, from Year 5 to Year 13/2nd year of college. The team also provide support to adult learners.

Brookes Bridges - raising aspirations and inspiring confidence

Brookes Bridges is an award-winning programme of free short courses for adult learners from a disadvantaged area or background.

Courses are by Oxford Brookes and partner colleges in partnership with local community groups. The courses offered cover varied subjects, such as community journalism, IT skills, English language, study skills, leadership and degree taster courses.

Brookes Bridges was nominated in 2013 in the Commitment to Widening Participation category of The Guardian University Awards and won the NEON Widening Access Initiative (Outreach) Award in 2016.

Brookes Engage - supporting a successful transition to university

Brookes Engage is a fully funded Year 12 access programme. It’s open to young people from across Oxfordshire - from backgrounds under-represented in higher education - studying in the first year of a Level 3 qualification (A Level, BTEC etc). The eighteen month-long programme aims to support pupils to make a successful transition to university whilst also providing them with experiences that will develop skills and attributes that will be beneficial in the world of work.

Those that complete the programme, and choose to study at Oxford Brookes, will qualify to apply for the Brookes Community scholarship of £1,000 in their first year.

At the end of the programme, participants should feel confident in making the next step in their education career, be that in work or at university. The programme is completely free of charge to participants and bursaries for travel are available.

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A group of students
Two students looking at the camera

University time capsule

Inspiring future generations to aim high

The University Time Capsule is an initiative for year 5 primary school children. Through interactive activities, the event helps to introduce the concept of higher education and emphasise the idea that everyone has the potential to achieve.                                                             

Each pupil at the end of the visit is presented with a certificate and time capsule. A 'Time Capsule Card' is placed in their capsule, showing what they might want to study at university and do as a career in the future. Parents are also invited to attend.

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Mentoring - supporting young people achieve their potential

We have a number of mentoring schemes which help Oxford's young people achieve their potential at school and beyond:

  • Mentoring for year 12 and 13 pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition
    Oxford Brookes students provide one-to-one mentoring to pupils studying for A Levels or BTECs with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) with the aim of helping these pupils make a smooth transition from school / college to university.
  • Oxford Brookes Year 11 Revision Day
    This day includes a range of sessions for Year 11 students, where we share revision techniques to help them get the best out of themselves during their GCSE's.
  • Mentoring Core subjects at our local schools
    Oxford Brookes students work in local schools with year 11 students who live in the local area.
  • Tutoring in English and Maths at Oxford Central Mosque
    This project aims to help young people aged 5 and 15 improve their Maths and English and increase their confidence at school.