School and college students aspiring for success

Monday, 28 January 2013


Oxford Brookes University has again hosted its annual ‘Step Up’ conference.

The event welcomed students aged 15 to 19 from local schools and colleges in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. They listened to inspirational speakers and took part in interactive workshops.

The University invited three special guests this year: Oxford Brookes alumna Melody Hossaini, CEO of ‘InspirEngage’ and a previous contestant on The Apprentice, Tim Campbell, winner of the first series of The Apprentice, and founder of the ‘Bright Ideas Trust’ and Nelufar Hedayat, a documentary presenter, reporter and journalist for the BBC. Each has excelled in their particular field and each has a desire to share their knowledge and experiences with young people.

After the talks the students attended a workshop of their choice. This year’s conference included workshops covering a variety of different subject areas; forensic science, art and design, business and marketing management and many more.

A student from Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, a Partner College to Oxford Brookes, commented: “I have always wanted to go [to university] but today has given me courage to pursue what I want to do.”

Oxford Brookes University is committed to supporting local schools and colleges in enabling students to assess all of their options for their future and make a well-informed choice.