Making a difference: from Undergraduate to employee

  • nurseOxford Brookes graduates make valuable contributions to the economy, both in Oxfordshire and further afield.

    More than 3,500 people each year study health and social care subjects at Brookes, such as occupational therapy, specialist nursing, social work and midwifery. We train many of Oxfordshire's teachers, and continue to support them with training and professional development throughout their careers.

    Our students are also encouraged to learn through involvement in community projects across a wide variety of subject areas, such as:

    • Social Work undergraduates often carry out their first placement with a voluntary organisation, such as My Life, My Choice, an Oxford charity run for and by people with learning disabilities.
    • Politics students undertake research projects focussed on real community issues, working with regional partners - for example, to explore the extent of ex-service personnel homelessness in Oxford, in partnership with the Royal British Legion. A potential shortfall was identified in the services provided outside the city in rural areas, where people returning after serving with the forces were in some cases becoming estranged, suffering mental illness or suffering from substance misuse.
    • Architecture and Interior Architecture students have worked with Oxford City Council to improve Mount Place, an under-used public space in Jericho.
    • Art student Kim Seymour worked with some of Oxford's homeless community, creating a diary project to highlight their experiences and raise awareness of their day-to-day lives.
    • Sound Technology and Digital Music students took part in work experience with the Oxford Jazz Festival, setting up and operating many of the event's sound and lighting systems.
    • The ACES (Accounting for Charities Engaging Students) project matches up second and third year accountancy students with small charities and community organisations who need accounting and book-keeping help. 21 students will be helping 18 local organisations throughout 2012.