Special award for Wisdom, Wonders and Widgets event

Friday, 05 June 2015

Wisdom Wonders and Widgets

Oxford Brookes has won an award in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards 2015 for last year’s Live Friday event held at the Ashmolean Museum.

The University was given a Silver Award in the Special Events category for the incredibly successful residency called Wisdom, Wonders and Widgets, in a very competitive category of 77 entries from universities around the world. 

The event took place on 14 March 2014 and was jointly hosted with the Ashmolean Museum to officially launch Oxford Brookes’ 150th anniversary celebrations which have been ongoing since. 

Many people have since congratulated us on this event, and we still have staff and friends of Brookes referring to it and remembering what a great evening it was.

Prof June Girvin, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

In their announcement, CASE said of the event: “In 1865, philanthropists founded the Oxford School of Art to educate the working classes of Oxford. In borrowed classrooms, the school grew and became Oxford Brookes University. 

“To launch its 150th anniversary programs, the University took over the building next to those original borrowed rooms: the world-famous Ashmolean Museum. 

“The kickoff event, Wisdom, Wonders and Widgets, offered over 5,500 attendees the opportunity to explore exhibits, enjoy alumni and student performances and pose for photos for a future public art display.”

A video of footage from the event can be viewed below. 

Professor June Girvin, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: “It is brilliant news that we have won a Silver Award for our Live Friday event.  It is well deserved by all of the staff who were involved in making the event the success that it was.

“Many people have since congratulated us on this event, and we still have staff and friends of Brookes referring to it and remembering what a great evening it was. 

“From jazz to a singing robot, resuscitation to circus skills, bamboo bikes and business poetry, it was a fantastic way to showcase the range of education activity going on at Brookes and launch our very exciting and busy anniversary year with the Oxford and Oxfordshire community.”

Oxford Brookes will be hosting a similar event on its Headington Campus on 13 November which will be free and open to all in Oxford. More details coming soon. 

Anniversary celebrations continue throughout this year, read more about Oxford Brookes’ 150th anniversary celebrations on the dedicated anniversary webpages.