The first Brookes Engage cohort graduate

Friday, 22 July 2016

Brookes Engage cohort one graduate

Fifty students from across Oxfordshire state schools and colleges graduated in a celebratory ceremony in the John Henry Brookes Building on Wednesday (20 July) which marked their completion of the Brookes Engage programme.

The cohort started the programme in March 2015 and has been taking part in monthly activities designed to support them to make a successful transition to university. As part of the programme students attended a week-long summer school and received support from an undergraduate student mentor.

With 92% of this year’s cohort holding an offer to start university in September, it is fantastic to see what a success the first programme has been.

Alice Wilby, Director of UK Recruitment and Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University

Speaking about the programme, participant Anthonia Oluwatuyi said: “Brookes Engage has been a great experience filled with learning and fun. I’ve gotten to meet great people and expand my knowledge on how to achieve my dreams of going to university.”

During the 16 months students engaged with academic sessions that introduced them to the subject and studying to degree level. Participant Anna Penniston said: “The subject sessions have been amazing. I have enjoyed learning certain topics that I wouldn’t have normally looked at.” 
As a result of taking part in the subject sessions students said they felt more confident about studying at university and had improved their study skills. 

As well as taking part in academic sessions, the participants also got an insight into careers after university and attended a networking evening with Brookes alumni. During the course of an evening, participant speed-networked with a range of professionals, making links between their chosen area of study and what might be possible beyond university. Following the event some participants followed up with and visited the professionals in their place of work. Students were also offered support by the careers service with a session on writing CVs and interview skills. 

Alice Wilby, Director of UK Recruitment and Partnerships said: “Brookes Engage was designed to support pupils to make a successful transition into university or further educations and provide them with experiences and skills that will be beneficial both in study and employment. With 92% of this year’s cohort holding an offer to start university in September, it is fantastic to see what a success the first programme has been. 

“It has been great to watch each of the pupils grow in confidence over the course of the programme and I have no doubt that they will go on to enjoy successful futures at university and beyond.

“Good luck to Brookes Engage Cohort One and I hope you enjoyed your much deserved celebration.”

Cohort 2 of Brookes Engage started in November 2015 and will taking part in their residential intensive summer school in July and August. 
More information can be found on the Brookes Engage webpages.