Oxford Brookes University provides online activities to boost school students’ progression during lockdown

Tuesday, 23 June 2020


Oxford Brookes University has launched a range of exciting and engaging online activities to support students’ attainment and progression to university, despite the challenging circumstances resulting from lockdown.

The Oxford Brookes Schools and Colleges Liaison team is connecting with students in new ways via the Outreach Hub, to support their progression to university. The team is delivering a series of bitesize academic sessions and providing genuine insight into university life from student ambassadors, who are available every day to chat to online, on the Student Room forum and UniBuddy.

The Outreach Hub aims in particular to reach learners from groups that are currently under-represented in Higher Education,and provide them with a range of engaging activities designed to support their progression. This includes Virtual Subject Taster Sessions: students can explore filming techniques that can be produced on your phone such as stop motion animation, dip into dystopian themes in literature, such as the Hunger Games and 1984, use a virtual lab to find out about human anatomy, or delve into History, Criminology and Healthcare.

The Oxford Brookes Outreach Team has also moved Brookes Engage, a sustained access programme for non traditional students in their first year of sixth form or college, online. This progressive academic programme helps learners to make the right decisions about their university choices, and aids a successful transition to university study through providing interactive online sessions developed by Oxford Brookes academics.

Oxford Brookes has also increased capacity to support applicants from non-traditional backgrounds on a one-to-one basis. This includes a one-to-one e-mentoring transition course which allows students to gain tailored advice and guidance from current Oxford Brookes student mentors.

Dan Pugh-Bevan, Head of UK Recruitment and Widening Participation at Oxford Brookes commented: “For anyone who’s been thinking about what university is really like - this is a chance to find out more. We’ve adapted  to create this new range of online resources, in the face of Covid-19 and resulting lockdown. We’ve already received fantastic feedback and look forward to being able to support more students to realise their potential and progress to the next stage.”

These new initiatives will work alongside the Study Higher Passport Days and SPACE programme. Passport Days enable Year Ten students who are statistically least likely to progress to Higher Education to explore what university is like through a series of engaging activities. The SPACE programme is designed to inform and assist parents and carers in supporting their child's progression.

To find out more about the University's commitment to providing impactful online outreach opportunities, visit the new Outreach Hub.