Hospitality students win Oxford University Social Innovation prize

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Congratulations to Oxford School of Hospitality Management students Rosie Barge and Patricia O'Dwyer for winning one of two track prizes at the Skoll Centre's annual Social Innovation Case Competition on 30th April.

The Skoll Centre is Oxford University's world-recognised centre for social enterprise research and promotion. Run each year by their MBA students, this year's competition was the first one open to Brookes students. Rosie and Patricia were our only entries and won on the basis of their proposals for helping a social entrepeneur launch a video game for blind and visually impaired people, aimed at tackling issues of social isolation.

Rosie was delighted to report that "the entrepreneur actually said he would work on our ideas for his own pitch next week, he also offered us jobs when we graduate! We met some really amazing and encouraging people. And we were up against mainly MBA and other postgraduate students from across Oxford University."

OSHM staff member and Oxford Brookes Social Enterprise Awards founder Roberto Daniele was quick to add his congratulations to the pair, writing from a social enterprise study trip to Nepal "this is an amazing achievement and I want you to know that I am so utterly proud of you!" So is everyone in the Faculty of Business!

Roberto added also his thanks to the Skoll Centre for their warm welcome to Brookes participants and his hope that we shall be able to generate more teams from across the university for the 2017 competition.