International Academics: Pushing Borders and Pushing Boundaries Brookes is lucky to have academics from across the world, bringing international talent and world-leading research to its centre. Interestingly, many staff who came from overseas had not planned on staying. They saw working in Oxford as an opportune next step, particularly young academics with few ties. However, falling in love or getting a job that they really cared about led colleagues to start their own families here. Dr Esra Kurul, from Turkey, was in fact very close to returning home when she met her partner with whom she now has a family.