Staff communications

  • Staff communications channels

    What communications can you expect as a member of staff at Brookes? What is the best way to keep up-to-date, contribute and get involved? Here are some of the key ways to keep informed and opportunities for feedback.

    • The news platform for staff Onstream Latest is regularly updated with news and features from across the University on key projects, initiatives, events, activities and successes. You can send article suggestions to or via the platform.
    • The Your Onstream section is where you can upload your own news of individual or team successes or where new staff can introduce themselves.
    • A fortnightly round-up of the most important and engaging articles over the preceding period Onstream Highlights is also produced and staff are alerted to its publication by a forthrightly email on a Thursday.
    • Areas covered include: University’s response to national issues such as fees, internal policy such as transport, project news such as campus redevelopment, research news, events, links to other sources including Faculty news and committee highlights.
    • Onstream Reflects the human interest angle where possible and builds sense of community. To submit news articles email:

    Visit Onstream at:

    The Communications Team are currently reviewing e-brief, responding to the recent establishment of the Vice Chancellor's Group and changes to the senior management decision making committies, as well as ongoing feedback from staff.

    See the e-brief archive

    • Dedicated account for Brookes staff for Onstream news, and relevant retweets from @oxford_brookes and other University feeds
    • Regular staff or departmental takeovers of the account
    • Updates on campus information, emergency communications
    • Focus on staff experience such as on campus events, staff recognition and guest tweeters
    • Key-note events providing an opportunity to hear from the V-C and Senior Management Team on the University’s key priorities, strategic focus and expectations in the next 6-12 months.
    • Chance for discussion about how Brookes is dealing with strategic challenges through Q&A.
    • Questions taken from the floor and submitted in advance via Internal Communications (where appropriate these will help shape the content of the briefings or time permitting, put forward at briefings).
    • Frequency: twice yearly (spring and autumn).

    Staff open forum sessions

    These informal sessions for colleagues to discuss working at Brookes are lead by Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student and Staff Experience and Helen Ellis-Jones, Deputy Director of HR.

    They provide an opportunity to discuss the 2018 Staff Survey results and feed into the action planning process that will take place across the University over the autumn. 

    The next series of open forum sessions are:

    Harcourt Hill Campus - 10.00am to 11.30am, 4 September in BG26
    Headington (Gipsy Lane site) - 11.30am -13.00pm, 5 September in G216a
    Marston Road site - 12.00pm -13.30pm, 11 September in MR119
    Wheatley Campus - 12.00pm -13.30pm, 12 September in PG202
    Swindon Campus - 12.30pm -14.00pm, 13 September in JOF.1.14

    Colleagues can also submit questions anonymously using a 'virtual question box'. The answers to these will be published via Onstream articles.

    • Email addresses from the Vice-Chancellor on a range of current issues.
    • Frequency: issued in response to important announcements or to coincide with calendar events, rather than scheduled.
    • Corporate announcements that are time critical or that need to be disseminated simultaneously to all staff.
    • Includes factual information for example, emergency communications and serious incidents.
    • Frequency: to coincide with particular events.

    The University produces a portfolio of bespoke publications aimed at staff, visitors and alumni.

    For more information please email