Summer of student success

21 September 2022

Brookes students rowing, meeting The Princess Royal, with a giraffe sculture

Over the summer our students were involved in a variety of exciting events and have made significant achievements. From rowing success to meeting members of the Royal Family, we’ve rounded up some of our student summer highlights.

Rowing victories

Brookes Rowing teams had an incredibly successful summer, including:

  • Henley Royal Regatta 2022 - Brookes claimed their 5th Temple Challenge Cup in eight years and regained the Prince Albert Challenge Cup for the first time since 2009. 

  • Henley Women’s Regatta - Brookes Women broke course records and drew with Durham in the Final. 

  • World U23 Championships - Brookes athletes claimed Gold and set World Best Times on the International stage.

Looking back on the summer season, Director of Brookes Rowing Richard Spratley said: “We have demonstrated that Brookes Rowing is head and shoulders above UK rowing universities, and one of the best rowing universities in the world.”

Mooting champions

Brookes students Robert Watt and J Ockenden, both studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law, won the prestigious English Speaking Union - Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition in July. 

The pair defeated the University of Cambridge in the Grand Final held in the Supreme Court, and will go on to represent Oxford Brookes in October at the Magna Carta Moot.

As well as their names engraved on the Silver Mace, the winners have been awarded a prize of £1,000 each, whilst Brookes has received a donation of £1,000 to go towards funding future mooting competitions. 

In other mooting news, Brookes School of Law student Matthew Johnson came second place in the final of the National Speed Mooting Competition also in July.

A royal encounter

Victoria Allum, an Occupational Therapy (OT) student, was honoured to be present for a visit from Her Majesty The Queen and The Princess Royal to Thames Hospice, while Victoria was on placement there. 

On 15 July, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne made a surprise appearance in Maidenhead to officially open the new Thames Hospice site. Victoria wore her Brookes OT polo shirt with pride as she spoke to Princess Anne about her training to become an occupational therapist.

Student artwork exhibited in Edinburgh

Second-year Graphic Design student Emily-Rose Cripps was sponsored by Expert Sleepers to create her penguin-themed sculpture design for Edinburgh Zoo’s Giraffe About Town project, raising funds for wildlife conservation. Her bright and colourful artwork delighted local residents and raised awareness of the charity’s conservation projects. Read more about Emily’s contribution on her Giraffe About Town webpage.