Brookes Engage

Brookes Engage

Brookes Engage is an exciting programme of free activities and events designed to help you learn more about university, and prepare for your future career.

Besides having lots of fun and making some new friends, you'll gain a lot of skills which will really help to give you the leading edge when it comes to applying for university and for jobs.

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed.

“I loved the experience and it definitely helped me with stepping into uni life. I did actually get accepted into my firm choice of uni, I can’t stop smiling!”

Brookes Engage graduate, 2020

Subjects streams for 2021-2022

Brookes Engage students

Information for teachers, parents and carers

Brookes Engage is a free sustained access programme, open to young people from across Oxfordshire who are in their first year of a Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Levels, BTEC, or equivalent), and from backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education. Applications are open now, and the deadline for applying is Sunday 13 December 2020. For more information, or if you are interested in a virtual assembly for your students, please email us at

The programme will run from January 2021 to July 2022, and is designed to support your students to make a successful transition to university, whilst also providing them with experiences to develop skills and attributes that will be beneficial in the world of work. Participants will take part in a range of activities over the course of the programme during monthly sessions, engaging with academic staff, current students, and alumni. In addition to these sessions, students will have a guaranteed place on our summer schools in July 2021, and will be offered the opportunity to have one-to-one mentoring from a current Brookes student.

Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, all activities will be virtual until March 2021 (pending future restrictions). However, our virtual outreach during this period has been very successful, and has provided valuable insight into how best to structure Brookes Engage. For example, 99% of our July 2020 Virtual Summer School participants reported it was a positive experience, and 76% said it increased their confidence about meeting new people and making friends at university.

By the end of the programme, participants should feel confident about making decisions for their next step in their educational and career journey. Students who successfully complete the programme will also be rewarded with a contextual offer (an offer with lower grade requirements than would usually be made), and a £1,000 scholarship in their first year of study if they decide to apply for a full-time course at Oxford Brookes.

The programme is completely free of charge to participants; this will include students’ travel to campus, catering, and accommodation for overnight stays when we are able to run on-campus events.

Brookes Engage students

“Taking part in Brookes Engage has given me confidence the course I want to pursue is correct for me.”

Brookes Engage graduate, 2019

“Brookes Engage helped me open up to new people and make new friends. It's also boosted my confidence.”

Brookes Engage graduate, 2019

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