Oxford Brookes in the news – coverage in July 2019

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

Brookes in the News July news

July was a busy month for both students and staff at Oxford Brookes, with students embarking on adventures and academics showing the breadth and depth of their expertise.

  • Team Grandad, which includes student Daniel Satch, set off from Oxford Brookes on the Mongol Rally. This impressive fundraising challenge featured on the front page of the Oxford Mail, as well as BBC Radio Oxford (first mentioned at 13mins,15 secs).
  • The Oxford Brookes Formula Student team continued to net positive coverage, after coming second in the Formula Student 2019 for the second year running. Placing just behind Italy’s University of Modena, this is another strong endorsement of the quality of our students and teaching in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.
  • After ITV Meridian and BBC South covered the incident simulation at Marston Road last month, it was the Swindon Campus’s time to shine this month. Both the Swindon Advertiser and This is Wiltshire ran a glowing report on the 999 simulation event that gave local schools the chance to see the expertise and teamwork exhibited by the NHS.
  • Professor Gary Browning, Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, was featured on Radio 4 in July, to mark the centenary of the birth of Iris Murdoch. Open Book ran a special on the novels of Iris Murdoch and Professor Browning offered his expertise on the value of Murdoch’s views on modern life, which he expands on in his recent book Why Iris Murdoch Matters.
  • Dr Kate West gave a fascinating interview on the Lilley Mitchell Show on BBC Radio Oxford, talking about Dyslexia and Neurodiversity. Listen from 1 hour, 37 mins for a superb discussion of school days, the Dyslexic Academic project, and how we can adapt to support neurodiverse people.
  • Oxford Brookes Rowing were frequently featured in local news and on rowing news websites for their various successes in July. As well as winning the Men’s Eights at the Marlow Regatta at the start of the month, they also put in another commanding performance at the Henley Royal Regatta. Meanwhile, both WeRow and the Oxford Mail reported on the five Oxford Brookes students who represented Great Britain at the World Rowing Cup, most notably overcoming previously undefeated Germany in the Men’s Eights to claim the gold medal.
  • In further rowing-related news, the Hackney Citizen ran a lovely piece on a local rower who will be coming to Oxford Brookes - the first in her family to go to university. She’s quoted as saying: “When I visited Oxford Brookes, I was immediately welcomed into a warm, friendly and diverse community where people are committed to learning and working hard to get the best, not for themselves, but also out of others.”
  • Professor Glen O’Hara was called on to comment on the story of the recent drop in Labour Party Membership. A seasoned political analyst, O’Hara put the issue into excellent perspective in both Politics Home and Holyrood Magazine.
  • The Oxford School of Hospitality Management continued its vital work in speaking out against modern slavery and human trafficking, with Professor Maureen Brookes sharing how hotels can better safeguard against traffickers and protect their staff. You can read the piece on Hospitality Net.
  • After rising to 8th in last month’s Guardian University Rankings, Architecture at Oxford Brookes has now put forward its nominees for the Architects’ Journal Student Architect Award. Read their profiles in the journal here.
  • Dr Michele Paule could be found on BBC Radio Oxford, talking about the BBC and the gender pay gap. Her comments were full of keen insight about gender equality and pay and how we progress; that segment starts around 2 hours and 8 minutes into the programme, if you want to listen!
  • A new Indian Ocean Row project, which will be working with the Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences, was featured in local King’s Lynn press. Watch out for more on this exciting endeavour!

Keep up to date with the latest updates from across the University via the Oxford Brookes newspages.