Brookes Engage welcomes its new cohort, offering local students a route into higher education

Friday, 27 November 2015

Brookes Engage welcomes new cohort

Oxford Brookes opened its doors on Wednesday evening (25 November) to 150 Year 12 students from across Oxfordshire who are taking part in Brookes Engage.

Brookes Engage is an 18 month-long access programme that provides insight into studying and life at university.  

The programme has been developed for students who come from backgrounds which are under-represented in higher education. Designed to support pupils to make a successful transition into university or further education, Brookes Engage will provide them with experiences that will develop skills and attributes that will be beneficial both in the world of study and employment. 

We want to provide students with an understanding of the industries they are interested in and give them access to high quality learning facilities and activities that will enrich their learning.

Charlie Field, Project Manager for Brookes Engage

Students have chosen from a range of subjects to study throughout the programme including Social Sciences, Computer Technology, Healthcare, Education, Business (and related fields), History, Sport and Nutrition and Mathematics.  

Charlie Field, Project Manager for Brookes Engage said: “This is a great opportunity for students, who might not have had the chance yet, to explore the opportunities available to them within higher education. 

“We want to provide students with an understanding of the industries they are interested in and give them access to high quality learning facilities and activities that will enrich their learning. 

“Oxford Brookes always aims to provide opportunities for participation in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it.”

Participants will take part in a range of activities over the course of the programme during monthly sessions, engaging with academic staff, students and local employers, as well as taking part in cultural and educational trips. In addition to the monthly sessions, participants will undertake an independent academic assignment with the support of a university tutor, attend a week-long summer school, and receive one-to-one mentoring from an Oxford Brookes student.   

If graduates of the programme choose to study at Oxford Brookes, they 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.

More information about the programme and how to apply can be found on the Brookes Engage webpages. 

Photo credit: Emma Butler