2018 Brookes People Awards shortlist

  • 2018 Brookes People Awards

  • Generosity of spirit

    Clive Booth Team

    Directorate of Estates and Campus Services

    It would be wonderful for the team at Clive Booth to receive some recognition for their hard work and team spirit.They do an outstanding job, always going above and beyond their duties, particularly over the summer period.

    TDE Wheatley Programme Admin Team

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    The TDE Wheatley Programme Administrators have worked together brilliantly as a team during a period of significant change and upheaval, and welcomed new team members with generosity and warmth.

    Headington Campus Services Team

    Directorate of Estates and Campus Services

    The Campus Services Team at Headington look to remove obstacles or at least navigate a way around the obstacles so that they can truly be of assistance to the University community.

    Catherine Foley

    Student Support Coordinator

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    Catherine is an exceptional colleague who cares and supports both students and staff alike. The way she deals with students should be seen as the gold standard. She is always approachable, friendly, supportive, caring and thorough.

    Sharon Manclark

    Faculty Administrator

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    Sharon is a mine of information, knowledge and experience and is unstinting in her generosity when it comes to sharing this with others. She works incredibly hard to deliver a great service to colleagues, students and visitors to the faculty.

    Andy King

    Partnership and Placements Manager

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    Andy works tirelessly to support placements across the faculty, undertaking a huge range of activities to support students and academic colleagues in achieving employability goals. He has also been a huge support to me during a period of significant change and reduced staffing.

  • Confidence

    Estates Project and Space Planning Team

    Directorate of Estates and Campus Services

    No team has done more to change the face of Brookes. The Estates team have delivered some truly fabulous spaces; to note in particular Clerici and the labs in Sinclair. They are empowering colleagues to think about current working practices and have provided new spaces that are changing how people work.

    The MBA Team

    Oxford Brookes Business School

    The team have had the confidence to take full responsibility for its own admissions, and the development and management of a bespoke Customer Relationship Management system. It has empowered its administration and academic teams to conduct recruitment and hence analysis of application, interview and conversion activities.

    PR Team

    Directorate of Marketing and Communications

    The PR team just get on with it; they know what they're doing, how to do it and they do it well. Existing often in the background means their work can be unnoticed, but is vital to the existence of the University.

    Michael Hill

    Programme Lead - Undergraduate Programmes

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    Michael has made a significant contribution in his leadership of the undergraduate construction programmes in the School of the Built Environment to the point where the programmes are ranked fifth in the Building subject league table of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

    Clare Fitzpatrick

    Head of Examinations

    Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs

    Clare has repeatedly delivered outstanding flawless graduation ceremonies to countless thousands of our students and their families and friends, giving our students a fantastic final farewell and securing Oxford Brookes' reputation as an institution that puts the experience of our students first.

    Faz Syed

    Timetabling, Facilities and Services Officer

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    Faz is a great example of confidence in action. He has revolutionised the effectiveness of faculty timetabling in TDE, and 'made it his own' through establishing clear, straightforward processes and getting colleagues onboard with his self-assured approach.

  • Connectedness

    LGBT+ Team


    They played a leading role in LGBT History Month 2018 by being visible, connected champions for the LGBT+ community at Oxford Brookes.

    Paramedic Science Team

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    The team has consistently overcome obstacles to deliver a rounded programme based on best evidence and to ensure graduates are equipped with skills to be modern paramedics. Their teamwork and commitment to this common goal results in a programme with a national reputation and draw.

    Student Record System Change Network


    By volunteering their time to be change champions and doing an excellent job at communicating to their colleagues in times of change, the Student Records System (SRS) Change Network has demonstrated confidence in new ideas and enthusiasm about the benefits of the move to a new SRS.

    Emily Warwick

    Evaluation and Policy Officer, UK Recruitment and Partnerships

    Directorate of Marketing and Communications

    Emily's commitment to making internal and external connections is transforming the way the team, and the institution, use evidence and data.

    Wendy Smith

    Head of UK Partnerships, UK Recruitment and Partnerships

    Directorate of Marketing and Communications

    Wendy has made an outstanding contribution to the University through her work to support and champion our Degree Apprenticeship (DA) offer. Her work to develop strategy, organisational capability and supporting infrastructure has been transformative, and enabled faculties to launch new DA programmes.

    Suzanne Mowat

    Head of International Student Recruitment

    Directorate of Marketing and Communications

    Suzanne’s contribution she makes an immeasurable value to the success of OBI not only in recruitment but in our global reputation.

  • Enterprising creativity

    #helloBrookes Team


    The #helloBrookes campaign was a step into the unknown in terms of publicity. The idea of creating a personalised video message for every successful A Level student that requested one seemed impossible given inflexible systems and available resources. But the team succeeded.

    Paramedic Science Fire Service Group

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    The paramedic team have been working with Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to train paramedic students and firefighters to work together at incidents using innovative, high fidelity simulation at the National Fire Service College.

    OxBUMP Team

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    They collaborate with a range of external organisations to generate quality evidence about maternal health and wellbeing. The team also use their expertise in local communities through an antenatal exercise, advice and social club, with public health events in shopping areas.

    Amanda Belz

    Assistant Head Chef Trainer

    Oxford Brookes Business School

    Over the last 21 years Amanda has given 100% in her role. She is driven by her own motivation, passionate about food and the development of our students. Amanda has been inspirational in the development of Brookes Restaurant Cookery & Wine School.

    Dana Rock

    Marketing and Communications Manager

    Accommodation Bureau

    Dana created an inspiring campaign last summer, #helloBrookes, aimed at those who were about to become students here. The campaign was a huge success due to Dana's inventiveness, ability to gain the trust of others, and her sheer hard work. She also made working on the campaign a lot of fun!

    Ash Holmes

    IT and AV Support Officer

    IT Services

    Ash is a highly motivated individual committed to providing an excellent service to staff and students, and providing excellently maintained IT & AV equipment to support teaching and learning across the University. Ash has the ability to identify low cost opportunities for Brookes hire.

  • Colleague of the year

    Bruce John Riddoch

    Senior Lecturer in Animal Biology and Conservation

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Extremely hard working, reliable, dependable, fun and generous. One of my favourite persons in the world!

    Ruth Collins

    Academic Administration Manager

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    Ruth is a remarkable colleague - professional, calm and assured, she combines determination, high standards and clear leadership with kindness, patience and positivity. She is a pleasure to work with and an impressive ambassador for our faculty across the University.

    Sarah Warwick

    Post and Distribution Manager

    Directorate of Marketing and Communications

    Sarah has an incredible, positive ‘can do' approach to everything she does, finds creative ways to get things done and just makes things happen.

  • Team of the year

    Brookes Engage Team

    UK Recruitment and Partnerships

    Directorate of Marketing and Communications

    The team strive to help disadvantaged students go to University and to great success. For instance, out of its most recent graduating cohort of 86 students, 68% of them are planning to go to university and 21 have applied to study at Oxford Brookes.

    Get Published! Team


    The group collaboratively delivers the Get Published! initiative to all undergraduate students and taught postgraduate students across the university and partner colleges, creating a distinctive student experience.

    Graduations Team


    Graduations have been hugely successful in the Sports Centre over the last two years. The team has worked incredibly hard to produce a memorable, life-affirming event for graduates, their families and for staff too.

  • Brookes award

    OBU Documentary Club

    Oxford Brookes Documentary Club (OBUDOC) is a fantastic initiative run by Brookes staff and student volunteers; bringing people together through screening engaging hot-topic documentaries.

    Little Fireface Project

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Professor Anna Nekaris and the Little Fireface Project team use every imaginable way to engage new audiences with their conservation biology research; from working with communities around the world, to science festivals and social media. Their work is inspiring, innovative and impactful.

    Eating Our Grubs Team

    Oxford Brookes Business School

    The Eating our Grubs team, under leadership of Professor Janine Dermody, has been engaging new audiences with their research on the psychology and marketing of insect eating, even changing their research in response to the public's need. They are championing public engagement in their discipline.

    Maggie Maguire

    Community Engagement Officer

    Directorate of Marketing and Communications

    I can't think of anyone more worthy of the Brookes Award than Maggie. When Maggie believes in a cause she will do everything in her power to support them at Brookes and beyond. Maggie's efforts create lasting partnerships that benefit the community, the University and all that support her endeavours.

    Anne Osterrieder

    Senior Lecturer in Biology and Science Communication

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Anne is a charismatic, innovative, dedicated and determined leader of Brookes public engagement activities and has been for a number of years.

    Martina Adamcikova

    Alumni Engagement Officer

    Directorate of Marketing and Communications

    Martina is generous with her time, seeking out opportunities to make life better for others at Brookes and beyond. She brings people together to foster an awareness of human rights and manages to devote herself to the study of these issues alongside her work.