Oxford Brookes in the news – coverage in April 2019

Friday, 03 May 2019

Media coverage at Oxford Brookes in April 2019

Oxford Brookes’ research and student and staff successes received a wide-range of media coverage in April 2019. In a new regular update, we’re providing an overview of some the press coverage received by the University in the last month.

• A new study conducted by Oxford Brookes researchers, in conjunction with The Picker Institute and commissioned by Pancreatic Cancer UK, found that half of patients with the deadliest common cancer have unmet support needs. Nursing Times covered this story, with Professor Eila Watson from the University’s Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research taking part in local broadcast interviews including Jack FM.

• There was continued coverage for a study led by Dr Shelly Coe, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at Oxford Brookes, into how a hot chocolate drink could be effective in tackling the fatigue associated with multiple sclerosis. Following extensive national and international coverage, ITV Meridian also covered this ground breaking research including interviews and footage from Oxford Brookes’ labs where the research was conducted.

• A study which found that older cyclists who use electric bicycles may be getting the same brain benefits as those on standard bikes continued to receive good coverage in April. Following previous national reporting such as an article in The Times, there was further coverage in international sector press. This featured comments from Oxford Brookes’ Dr Tim Jones who led the CycleBOOM project of which this study was part.

Tim Jones' cycling research continues to receive media coverage

• Professor Tina Miller, Professor of Sociology, provided expert comments for an opinion piece in Grazia which declared Enough! No More Praising Dads For Doing The Basics. The piece is available to read online.

• Professor Glen O’Hara, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, provided further expert comment this month on the shifting political landscape. Professor O’Hara was quoted in the New York Times for a piece entitled After Years of Ambiguity About Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn Faces a Decision. Later in the month, Professor O’Hara also provided expert comment for a piece in The Guardian considering how the Conservative Party might fare in the May local elections.

• Dr Peter Leary, a Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow in History, was on hand to provide expert advice for a fascinating BBC article on a period when Ireland and Northern Ireland had different time-zones. The article, entitled Time Zones: When Ireland had Two, is available to read on the BBC website.

• A new study entitled Determinants of PhD Student Satisfaction: The roles of supervisor, department, and peer qualities was covered by Science. Lead Author Dr Gerard Dericks from the University’s Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment provided expert comment on the study which surveyed over 400 PhD students at 63 universities across 20 countries. The Science article is available to read online.

• The Outburst festival curated by the University at the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford returned this month and received a range of positive coverage. Angus Phillips, Head of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was joined by Oxford Brookes students to speak with the BBC about the festival and is available for listen-again via BBC Sounds. The Oxford Mail and Oxford Times also produced a series of articles on the festival, including a round-up and images from the successful festival. 

Learning and fun at Outburst 2019

• Oxford Brookes Nursing Associate Trainee Mahrya Zulfaqar was one of fifteen individual apprentices shortlisted in the 2019 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards.  More than 100 students have started the Nursing Associate programme this year which is run in partnership between the Oxford School of Nursing & Midwifery at Oxford Brookes and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Mahyra was profiled for a feature by ITV Meridian ahead of her highly commended accolade.

• And finally, the University formally opened the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, Clerici and Sinclair buildings on its Headington Campus this month. The new spaces were officially opened by Channel 4 Newsreader and former Oxford Brookes University Chancellor Jon Snow. Further information and photos from the special day can be found on our newspages and was covered by the Oxford Mail.

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