Brookes proud to take part in the best ever Cowley Road Carnival

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

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This year’s Cowley Road Carnival has been declared the best one ever by organisers, after an estimated 50,000 people turned out to celebrate over the weekend.

Oxford Brookes University sponsored the event again this year, cementing a long-term relationship between the Carnival and the University.

This year’s theme and inspiration for both the Carnival and procession was ‘Industry and Technology’ and celebrated Oxford’s impressive landscape of innovation. 

Andrea Siret, Head of Alumni and Community Engagement at Oxford Brookes University said: “We’re always proud to support Cowley Road Carnival. It is a brilliant opportunity to connect with our neighbours and celebrate what our vibrant community has to offer. 

“It’s a lot of fun to be able to showcase the University in this way and this year’s Carnival, as always, was a great day.”

It’s a lot of fun to be able to showcase the University in this way and this year’s Carnival, as always, was a great day.

Andrea Siret, Head of Alumni and Community Engagement, Oxford Brookes University

University staff, students and alumni took part in the main procession along with a larger-than-life robot made from recycled materials and the Brookes Racing Team with their Formula Student racing car, who each year take part in Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition. The students are challenged to design and build a single-seat car to compete in the event. 

Brookes Racing team in processionOver in the Brookes Zone, the University showcased some exciting examples of teaching, research and community engagement which take place across the institution including demonstrations with Artie - Brookes’ own life-size and fully interactive Robothespian - and tours of the campus using virtual reality.

In the kids’ corner was themed face painting, a treasure hunt, paper crafts and games. 

Juggling in the Brookes ZoneBrookes Sport teamed up with colleagues from The GB Paralympic Rowing Support Team - including GB Paralympic Rowing Coach and Oxford Brookes alumnus Nick Baker - the Talent ID Paralympic Rowing Programme and Oxford United Women’s Super League.

Brookes Sport rowingVisitors could learn about the training and expertise behind Great Britain’s Paralympic rowing team, and got the chance to take a closer look at the kit used by elite athletes including carbon seat, 3D printed leg support, new e-legs, ergometers. There was a ‘try it out’ corner with adapted seats and a 100m rowing challenge running throughout the day, while Oxford United Women’s Super League were on hand running a children’s ‘keepy up’ competition, with captain Lauren Haynes making a player's appearance - as well as the chance to win a signed Taome Oliver match shirt.

Artie demonstrationThe Community Engagement Team worked with local mental health charity Restore at the Carnival and will be inviting people to help create a piece of bunting for the charity. The team also showcased how students at Brookes help to shape a better world by volunteering with local charities and communities. 

Making buntingRead more about Brookes at the Cowley Road Carnival on Brookes’ Cowley Road Carnival blog