Reaching out

  • Oxford Brookes works locally and nationally to widen access to higher education and to support and encourage people who would not normally attend university.

    • Over the last three years, Brookes students have acted as mentors to Year 11 to 13 pupils in several local schools - focussing on improving their study skills, raising confidence and giving advice on applying for higher education courses. The scheme is growing and now involves 32 students in 3 schools.
    • 18 student mentors currently volunteer at an Oxford mosque, helping around 30 children with their English and maths, and also confidence-building. The scheme is not only helpful to the mentees, but also provides great experiences for mentors, who become involved with a community that they might not otherwise experience. science_bazaar
    • The University is a sponsor of The Oxford Academy, as well as providing mentoring and tutoring for students and professional development for staff. Pupils also benefit from sporting opportunities and workshops on study skills and higher education offered by Brookes.
    • Brookes Bridges is a programme of short courses for adult learners who come from an area or background of disadvantage. The courses are delivered by Brookes and our partner colleges, in partnership with local community groups, and cover varied subjects, such as community journalism, IT skills, English language, study skills, leadership and degree taster courses.

      Brookes Bridges aims to equip learners with the skills and confidence to progress to higher education courses. All the participants who were interviewed last year said the courses had helped them with confidence, interviews, getting advice, and volunteering opportunities, while 70% said they were now interested in going onto to further education.
    • Brookes hosts an annual StepUp conference for Year 9 and 10 students of African Caribbean and Asian descent, to raise their aspirations and give them a taster of university life. StepUp 2011 attracted over 90 students and included Saira Khan as a guest speaker.
    • The Brookes' Youth Summer University encourages people who have been in care to consider higher education, and offers Transition from Care bursaries to students. We are proud to have been awarded the Quality Mark for Care Leavers by Buttle UK, which recognises the support Brookes offers to care leavers applying to study here.