Oxford Brookes Business Challenge Week 2021
Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Last week Oxford Brookes Business School and the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment hosted a week of activities which saw Oxford Brookes Master’s students bringing their skills, ideas and perspectives together to address real-world problems brought to us by organisations and businesses in the Brookes community.
Select teams of students from both faculties worked with academic
mentors and the ten participating partner companies, to bring a blend of
experience and abilities to the tasks put forward.
Amongst the challenges addressed were:
- Business analysis of problems or opportunities
- Background research and fact-finding
- The creation of business solutions, prototypes
or action plans
- Client reports and recommendations
Grant Hayward of the Oxfordshire social Enterprise Partnership (and chair of the
judging panel) commented: “it is so
positive to see Oxford Brookes students working with local businesses and
organisations in this way. The input of students from so many different subject
areas and disciplines, skills and cultures, working together in teams with
their mentors and partner companies can only have a positive impact whilst
creating powerful cross-sector collaborations and relationships.”
Participating organisations were
similarly supportive about the Challenge Week concept and outcomes, commenting
This week has provided a valuable insight into other applicable
markets and countries.
All in all, I was very impressed both with the
organisational aspect of the challenge and the student involvement itself.
It's a fantastic template ... this feels like a
time to get the students' new thinking as well as the facilities of the
University applied to business as quickly as possible, rather than waiting a
few years until they reach sufficient seniority in organisations!
One student described the week as “A perfect experience”, with a
This valuable opportunity has
indeed enhanced my understanding of what I have learned from the class and
enabled me to apply knowledge into practice.
The Challenge Week was led by Dr Paul Jackson from
Oxford Brookes Business School, with support from a range of colleagues in both