Brookes student chosen to promote Oxford’s international links as an Oxford City Rep

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Aimee Winkfield

Student Aimee Winkfield has fought some stiff competition to become an Oxford City Rep as part of a scheme launched by Oxford City Council earlier this year.

Aimee is graduating this week having studied Communication, Media and Culture. She is one of ten young people chosen to represent Oxford’s twinned cities and help raise awareness and engagement among their peers. 

The opportunity will allow Aimee to gain invaluable skills working alongside industry professionals such as web developers Made With Joy and Oxford International Links. Aimee said that she was excited to be chosen as a City Rep commenting: “It’s not only an opportunity to go abroad and visit a new place, but an opportunity to do a role which requires me to interact with media and develop my communication skills. I absolutely love travelling and exploring new places and media and communication is my other passion, so the two combined is perfect for me. 

The City Rep job will also allow me to create new connections with other young people who live in Oxford. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Aimee Winkfield, Communication, Media and Culture student, Oxford Brookes University

“The City Rep job will also allow me to create new connections with other young people who live in Oxford. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

The chosen City Reps will travel to the city they represent whilst learning to fundraise for their trips abroad. They will create a website containing accounts of their own travel experience, guides to the twin cities and an event calendar for all twinning activities. They will also put together a launch event as part of Oxford Christmas Light Festival which, this year, will be themed ‘The World In Oxford’.

Councillor Dee Sinclair, City Council Board Member for Culture and Communities said: “We’re really looking forward to working with such a talented and diverse group of young people from all over Oxford. We had lots of strong applications and it was a difficult job to select just 10, but this group of photographers, poets, artists and journalists represent all corners and aspects of Oxford.”

Last year, Aimee volunteered to take on the editorial role at Rose Hill News, a community newspaper run for and by residents of the Rose Hill community in Oxford, when the paper’s National Lottery funding came to an end. Working with council officers, she has helped to develop Rose Hill News as a brand, online and offline, and train up a new team of volunteer contributors including reporters and photographers, all alongside her studies. 

Aimee began volunteering with the paper just before she started her degree at Oxford Brookes.   She now managed over 15 volunteers who live and work in Rose Hill. She also volunteers with Rose Hill Junior Youth Club and Rose Hill Primary School play schemes, teaching the children how to use cameras and how to photograph and film. 

Dr Michele Paule, Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Education said: “The fantastic long-term commitment, civic engagement and dedication of time Aimee has demonstrated is inspiring, and as an ambassador for Brookes and our course she’s been amazing. Rose Hill residents and community workers have a tremendous regard for her.”

Aimee will receive a prize for citizenship at her graduation ceremony.