Oxford Brookes inspires through social responsibility this Responsible Business Week

Monday, 24 April 2017

Freedom beehive at Headington Hill

This week, Oxford Brookes is launching its new Social Responsibility Framework which highlights the social and environmental impact the University has on its staff, students and communities.

The Framework aims to bring the ambitions expressed in the University’s mission and vision to life by providing an overview and sharing stories of the many initiatives at Oxford Brookes and beyond that have a positive social or environmental impact.

We are proud of the enterprising creativity shown by our students and our confident staff who run the University in a sustainable way. Both our students and staff regularly and generously volunteer their time supporting charities and communities locally, nationally and globally.

Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Social Responsibility Steering Group, Oxford Brookes University

Today also marks the beginning of Responsible Business Week; an annual, national awareness campaign which aims to motivate organisations do better and be better for the benefit of us all.

The Social Responsibility Framework focuses on four key areas: developing our students to become socially responsible graduates, engaging and supporting staff, being a valued partner in our communities and operating the University sustainably.

Registrar and Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Social Responsibility Steering Group at Oxford Brookes University Brendan Casey said: “Social responsibility is in our DNA at Oxford Brookes.

“We are proud of the enterprising creativity shown by our students and our confident staff who run the University in a sustainable way. Both our students and staff regularly and generously volunteer their time supporting charities and communities locally, nationally and globally.”

OxClean student volunteersStaff and students across the University are regularly involved with initiatives which demonstrate the Social Responsibility Framework’s key areas. Recent initiatives include Oxford Brookes students joining OxClean (pictured above) and collecting food for the Oxford Food Bank. Students have also been involved in running informal IT classes for older residents in Barton. Information about more student-led initiatives can be found on the Brookes Hub webpages.

Following their success at Cowley Road Carnival last year, staff from Brookes Sport have been providing lifestyle and fitness advice in the local community. Staff have also recently supported local biodiversity by installing freedom beehives (pictured top) - an approach to beekeeping guided by the biology and the natural life cycle of the honeybee –and flower meadows in the University’s award-winning gardens. 

More case studies and information about the Framework can be found on the new Social Responsibility webpages