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Working for students, working for you Welcome to the first Alumni Enterprise Programme e- newsletter, designed to keep you in touch with events at Brookes, and to provide you with news about alumni and about workplace and enterprise issues. The newsletter is designed as a supplement to The Oak magazine which is sent to Brookes alumni twice a year. The Alumni Enterprise Programme aims to facilitate more networking opportunities for alumni and students, to support alumni in the development of their own enterprise activities, and to encourage alumni to use their experiences to the benefit of current students by offering work placements and mentoring. We also hope that you will consider coming back to the University for further study and continuing professional development. This edition of Brookes Works includes articles on the imminent Wychwood Music Festival, the Sports Winners' Dinner, and 'A Brookes degree is for life?' - a recent event that explored the ways in which we prepare our students for the world of work. We also have details of an award given to one of our alumni in recognition for his work as a business speaker and disABILITY champion, and a request for work placement opportunities for our Film Studies students. Please do let us know if you are able to offer a placement to any of our current students - we are always looking for placement opportunities for students from a range of disciplines. We kick off the newsletter with the first of a series of articles by alumna Rona Cant, some top tips on dealing with an increasingly common workplace phenomenon - stress. Read more about Rona's inspirational career on the graduate profiles section of the alumni website, where you can also submit your own profile. Our aim is to send Brookes Works to you three times a year. We hope you will find it an enjoyable read. Please do pass it on to other alumni who may not have seen it, and remember to let us know if you change your email address. (We will only ever use this address for communications from us.) You can update your details via the 'Update your details' section on the alumni website or by emailing email@example.com Of course, you are free to unsubscribe at any time. If you have any comments on the newsletter, or on any aspect of the Alumni Enterprise Programme, or would like to contribute an article to the next newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. With best wishes, Anne Whitehouse, Alumni Enterprise Manager, Alumni and External Relations, Directorate of Corporate Affairs. The big question: What can I do to feel less stressed? By alumna Rona Cant Has your get up and go got up and gone? Are you tired, frustrated, anxious and angry? Do you dread the thought of each working day, but dread the weekends too? Yep. Sounds like you're probably suffering from stress. According to the media we're all up to our eyeballs in stress and heading for burnout. It's caused by too much work or not enough (or no) work; a hectic lifestyle or boredom; juggling too much, or extreme single- mindedness. In short - pretty much everything! So what can we do to overcome it? There's no quick-fix solution, but the answer lies in focusing on what's causing your stress and how you react to it. For starters, you need to understand what stress is and what causes it. The dictionary definition is 'emotional, physical or mental pressure'. Our definition is that it's the gap between what you do and how you feel about it. If your daily activities are causing you to feel harassed, anxious or frustrated you're probably stressed. However, if you feel relatively relaxed, cheerful and in control of what you do, there's no stress. Control is perhaps the biggest contributory factor. Too much pressure (a hectic job, for instance) can cause stress, as can having no job at all. The key lies in the amount of control that we feel we have over a situation and the link is straightforward: more control = less stress. What can you do then to get more control over your life? Try these tips: • Ensure your life has meaning. If you're on a daily treadmill with no idea of the bigger picture, it's no wonder you're stressed. A sense of purpose gives you energy and enthusiasm - if you've haven't got one it's time you thought through what your vision of a perfect life would be. • Understand that you do have choices. We all have commitments, but ultimately we chose to have them and we can choose whether or not to change things. Making fundamental changes might be scary but it can be done. • Stop wasting time. Increasingly our lives are under siege from random, time-wasting activities - mobile phone calls and texts, emails, rubbish TV. Cut down their relentless interference by actively limiting your access. • Set yourself realistic targets. Don't try to prove you're Superman (or woman) by taking on too much. You'll only beat yourself up when you struggle - or fail - to deliver. • Stop worrying and let go. A lot of stress is caused by the fact that we worry too much - before, during and after what we do. Learn to take action or let go. Worrying contributes nothing at all. • Learn to say 'no'. There's a fine line between being regarded as diligent, conscientious and helpful and being known as a push-over. Which side of the line are you? • Stop doing and start being. Stop, sit, stand or walk and let your mind go blank. Breathe deeply. Now think of something uplifting. Spend five minutes every couple of hours doing just that. It's the greatest stress-buster known - you can do it anywhere and it's free. Rona Cant is an adventurer, author, motivational speaker and Director of The Big Question, a business development programme for companies, teams and individuals. For further details call 07785 297 216, email email@example.com, or visit www.thebigquestion.co.uk Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 2 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Wychwood Music Festival 3-5 June Graduate Graeme Merifield, is setting up a new ethical world music festival - and offering a 10% discount to Brookes alumni! Graeme graduated from Brookes in 1993 with a degree in English and Publishing, and has spent the last 10 years working in and around the film and music industries, including a year on the road running music sponsorship for Elton John. When Graeme and his partner returned to the area to settle and raise a family, he started hatching his latest idea. A huge medieval forest once covered most of West Oxfordshire , the Wychwood Forest, and up until the 1850s this was the location for a forest fair. Up to 40,000 people gathered to celebrate until the local landowners cancelled the event to allow logging to take place to provide oaks for the Navy. Graeme thought it would be good to get this celebration going again, this time with a positive notion of raising money for charity. So, the Wychwood Music Festival is being born in 2005, with its first year at Cheltenham Racecourse. Running from 3-5 June, it will feature a brilliant line-up of some of the most exciting names across world, folk, roots and contemporary music with Steve Earle, Alabama 3 and Matthew Herbert as headliners. Festival-goers will be able to explore the music and cultures of Africa , Ireland , Finland , Tunisia , Cuba , Poland , America , Spain , Norway , Turkey , and England. There's an exclusive collaboration in the pipeline between Eliza Carthy and the explosive Finnish group Värttinä. Add to this a programme of engaging talks, debates, films, workshops, poetry, story-telling, dance, circus, theatre, drumming and hands on arts and crafts, that support the Festival's vision of shared ethics and values, promoting peace, the environment and cultural understanding, plus raising money for Oxfam, and the Wychwood Music Festival promises to kick off the 2005 season in fine style with a fresh take on festival-going. There'll be space to relax, chill and be inspired, masseurs and life coaches in the healing gardens, exotic shopping in the global village, delicious food from around the world, and ample camping and parking. For more information visit www.wychwoodfestival.com Oxford Brookes alumni can claim a 10% discount on tickets. To take up the offer go to the website and download the ticket application form, writing BAlumni in the promotional code box, and take 10% off the total value of your tickets, writing this in the sub-total box, then fax back. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 3 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Focus on Film Do you work in film or television? Would your company be willing to offer a work placement to a Brookes student? Oxford Brookes University expanded its course portfolio last year to include a new undergraduate course in Film Studies. Taken as a combined honours BA or BSc, the course is designed to familiarise students with the history, theory and practice of cinema, through critical analysis and practical modules in areas such as scriptwriting or journalism. Offering a work placement to a Film Studies student is an extremely flexible arrangement. You may: • employ a student to tackle a specific project, which you might not otherwise be able to undertake, perhaps for just a few weeks • require the student's input at different stages of a project over several months on a part-time basis • offer a longer placement over a vacation period Companies offering a work placement will benefit in a number of ways. Students: • are of good academic calibre • will have acquired knowledge of the film industry by taking modules such as 'The Film Industry' and 'Introduction to Arts and Media Journalism' • will have acquired ample experience in working independently and in a team • are eager to gain valuable work experience • will be briefed by a placement tutor about the specific requirements and expectations of your company to ensure that the students are optimally prepared Dr Daniela Berghahn, Principal Lecturer in German and Film Studies, says: 'One of our students has already contributed to the running of the OXDOX 2004, an international documentary film festival held in Oxford, and will expand her work experience by helping with the organisation of next year's festival. Placements really do benefit both the student and the host organisation.' If you're interested in studying film, you can take modules in Film Studies as part of the postgraduate programme of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, which comprises eight MA courses with corresponding postgraduate diplomas and certificates. A Film Studies topic can also be negotiated with a supervisor as part of the MA by Research in European Culture, Language and Society. For more information about Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, visit http://ah.brookes.ac.uk/filmstudies/index.php To offer a work placement, contact Anne Whitehouse on +44(0) 1865 484852, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Daniela Berghahn on +44 (0)1865 484141, email email@example.com Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 4 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. The Enterprise Fellowship Programme A champion experience Do you have a new business or product idea that you'd like to get off the ground? Oxford Brookes'; Enterprise Fellowship Programme offers participants the opportunity to develop the skills needed to run a business, and to realise a business idea. Fellows undertake a series of workshops on topics such as market research, producing a business plan and finding funding, and are given the support of a mentor and access to Business School facilities. Administered by the School's Enterprise Centre, the Programme is run on Friday evenings and Saturdays to fit in with working life. Participants come from a range of backgrounds. Projects include: an invention for joining picture frames; software for management activity for engineering firms; and a self-teach reading system. Christine Champion was one of the first cohort to undertake the Programme last year. She was keen to develop her executive coaching and organisational development business, Acumen Executive Coaching Ltd., and she now splits her time between the business and lecturing in entrepreneurship at Brookes. Christine said: 'One of the key benefits was the network of fellows, which was very helpful in terms of being able to support and encourage each other. The practical tips and advice from external speakers were also very useful.' Christine will be giving advice to the second cohort, fostering the sense of community amongst the fellows and extending the business networks even further. Once fellows have established their businesses, they can make use of the Business Growth Programme, which helps maximise profits and establish sustainability, and 'How to Sell Your Business', a series of seminars for entrepreneurs who have achieved their initial goals. The Enterprise Fellowship Programme is free. For further details and an application form email Chris Harlow at email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 485908. To find out more about Christine's business, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07885 258578. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 5 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Red Hot Talent Larger companies often have established human resource departments and set procedures for dealing with work experience students, but for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) it can be harder to work out how to manage work experience students effectively. Red Hot Talent is a practical guide for SMEs designed to make it easier to make the most of the bright, enthusiastic students that would like to work for your organisation. Produced by the National Council for Work Experience, it helps SMEs find the right student for the job, whether it be part-time employment to undertake a specific project, job-shadowing, or a year-long sandwich placement. Its user-friendly style and project planning templates minimise the time required by the employer to provide a positive and valuable experience for both parties. Topics covered include: options for using students; drafting a job description; contracts of employment; agreeing goals and objectives; reviewing progress and performance; and complying with the law. The guide has been written by Berni Dickinson, a freelance consultant who has worked extensively with SMEs on the recruitment and development of graduates in the workplace. Additional input comes from Sarah Gibbons, Development Officer at the Centre for Career Development at the University of Nottingham and Liz Rhodes, MBE, Director of the National Council for Work Experience. Red Hot Talent is intended to help SMEs develop better links with their local universities, which could lead to co-operation with a range of departments. This in turn may lead to other forms of collaboration, such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), three-way partnerships between businesses, graduates and universities that are part-funded by the Department of Trade and Industry. (There’ll be more about KTPs in the next newsletter.) Would you like a copy of Red Hot Talent? Contact Anne Whitehouse on +44 (0) 1865 484852, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 6 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. A Brookes degree is for life? How well do we prepare our students for the world of work? Moving from university into the workplace can be a daunting experience for any graduate, whatever profession they choose to pursue. Brookes is a university with a focus on industry and the professions and a tradition of excellent employability rates, but there's always room for improvement. We try to ensure that our students leave University equipped for the life of work, but how do we do it? Preparing students for the world of work was the subject of 'A Brookes degree is for life?', a half day of workshops and discussion about the employability of our graduates, which took place on the afternoon of Friday 6 May. With a keynote lecture by Sue Drew, Deputy Director, E3I (Embedding, Enhancing and Integrating Employability), Sheffield Hallam University , and a plenary session with a group of alumni who shared their experiences as former students and as today's employers, the afternoon provided plenty of food for thought. Participants were able to choose two workshops from the five on offer: the Music internship programme; work placement modules; student volunteering as a source of learning and personal development; the inclusion of skills and personal development in the curriculum; and working with the Careers Centre. Representatives from Schools and Directorates across the University lead workshops designed to generate discussion about employability issues. Alumna Elizabeth Byrne, who now works as External Relations/ Volunteer Liaison Officer for volunteering charity Challenges Worldwide, said: 'We look for graduates who've thought about what they want to do and don't think a degree on its own is enough. The need for workplace skills needs to be explicit early on in the undergraduate programme.' The benefits of skills development and networking opportunities were also expounded by the other panel members - Cornelia Bemsch, Julia Cartwright and Graham Gaskell. The panel chair, Janine Charles, pointed out that undertaking extra skills development activity can open up new opportunities and transform students' ideas about what they want to do on graduating; art students painting a mural at Helen House Hospice in Oxford had been exposed to an environment that they would not normally have been likely to visit, and had changed their ideas about future careers as a result. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 7 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Communication at Work The amount of information we encounter in our working lives is constantly increasing. Effective communication skills are needed to help process, target and deliver this information in appropriate ways. Oxford Brookes University 's Communication at Work foundation degree offers employees the chance to develop their communication skills to the benefit of the students and their employers. The programme is open to administrators and support staff across every sector, offering participants the opportunity to gain a relevant and recognised higher education qualification and offering business and industry the opportunity to invest in a vital, but sometimes overlooked, area of its workforce. Su Buckingham from Nuneham Courtenay is one of three students on the course who work for Oxfordshire County Council. Su is a part-time outreach worker at Berinsfield Adult and Community Learning Centre. She also teaches IT to adult beginners and helps out as a volunteer at Berinsfield Information Centre. 'Like adult learners generally,' Su commented, 'there are quite a few of us on the course who really didn't enjoy school very much and began work with very little in the way of qualifications. 'I've found that as an adult I've got a much clearer idea of what I want to achieve. It makes learning more rewarding and a lot more enjoyable. When a colleague gave me a leaflet about the foundation degree in Communication at Work it sounded like just the sort of thing I was looking for - and it's certainly living up to my expectations. 'It's a challenging course and it's already leading me to question some of the ways I go about doing things in my work. I'd recommend the course to anyone working in a support role - or to any organisation looking for a really productive staff development programme for members of their core workforce.' Foundation degrees are developed in association with employers and professional bodies, and also require that employers support their staff throughout the duration of the two-year qualification, which combines work-based learning with more formal classroom study. The rewards for employers in terms of staff development can extend beyond the improved performance of one member of staff. In the case of the foundation degree in Communication at Work, employers are able to select an experienced member of staff to act as a mentor to the course participant. The chosen mentor then receives training in the key skills involved in mentoring, by way of a short programme prepared in conjunction with staff running Oxford Brookes' MA in Coaching and Mentoring (for details visit /www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/education/macoachment.html!) Would someone in your workplace benefit from the Communication at Work degree? For further information, contact course leader Dr Dee Amy-Chinn on +44 (0)1865 488619 or email email@example.com Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 8 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Business Traveller of the Year Brookes alumnus, Michael McGrath, an inspirational business speaker and disABILITY champion for Hilton UK & Ireland, has been awarded the prestigious 2005 Business Traveller of the Year Award, sponsored by FedEx, Motivate Publishing and Business Traveller magazine. Michael’s charity, The Muscle Help Foundation, was chosen as the beneficiary for funds raised at the presentation event held in the magnificent Godolphin Ballroom at the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. McGrath, who became the first disabled person in the world to have reached both the North and South Poles in January 2004, delivered the evening’s keynote address. He was taken by surprise when he received the award, which was announced by Julian Gregory, Managing Director of Business Traveller UK, and presented by BBC correspondent Kate Adie. McGrath held the audience spellbound with slides illustrating his unique polar experiences and feats of endeavour at both ends of the earth. At the end of his highly charged presentation, he received a standing ovation that summed up the impact it made on the travel-hardened audience. Since being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 17, McGrath has been determined not to let his debilitating muscle wasting condition get the better of him, despite having lost some 65% of his muscle bulk; his address culminated in a brief insight into the world of muscular dystrophy. McGrath urged senior industry figures from hotel operators, airlines and car rental companies to do more in the area of access provision. He said that service providers prepared to invest in training and accessible facilities for consumers requiring additional assistance would see a return on their investment. ‘Hotel operators and airlines will lose out if they fail to make the necessary improvements required to ensure disabled access,’ said McGrath. Read more about the Muscle Help Foundation at www.musclehelp.com Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 9 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Brookes went walking On Friday 15 April, more than 100 walkers, three runners and two dogs completed a five-mile sponsored walk from (and to) the Sports Centre at Headington Campus. The weather wasn't too good but at least it didn't pour and everybody enjoyed the first Brookes charity walk. Thanks to generous support from Stagecoach and Scolarest all of the walkers received a t-shirt, a bottle of water and a banana. The event was supported by the Students' Union who helped with publicity and recruited student volunteers to act as marshals, making sure that no-one got lost along the way. Most importantly, the walkers raised over £1,000 for three charities: Vale House, Botley, a home for sufferers of dementia; Elder Stubbs, Cowley, providing allotments for people who have experienced some sort of mental health problem; and The John Henry Brookes Opportunities Fund, which provides bursaries and scholarships to students facing financial hardship. The 'Brookes goes walking' team plan to run the event again next year and would love to involve alumni. Organiser Bob Pomfret says: 'We've done it once, we can do it again. Visit the website to find out more.' Of course, you don't have to wait a year before enjoying the route, which takes in a loop through Headington Hill Park and the University Parks before returning to the Sports Centre via Morrell Hall and the Headington Hill Campus. Download a map and guide to the route from the 'Brookes goes walking' website. The benefits of walking include: increasing stamina and energy levels; reducing stress by releasing the 'feel good' hormones, endorphins; improving heart health and lung capacity; reducing the risk of osteoporosis; boosting the immune system; and reducing the risk of bowel cancer. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 10 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Supporting rowing excellence The Oxford Brookes Boat Club is going from strength to strength, thanks to a new boat provided by property consultants King Sturge. King Sturge has strong links with the University, providing sponsorship for the School of the Built Environment's Master's in Real Estate Management, and regularly recruiting Brookes graduates. Now, a donation from the company has allowed the University to add a Coxless Fours boat, previously used by the British Olympic Squad, to its fleet. Over the past decade, the Boat Club has become a major international rowing force, with successes at UK, European and World Championship levels. In February, at the invitation of the Great Britain Olympic rowing team coach, the Oxford Brookes University Coxless Four took the boat to Seville to train for a week and compete in the World Team Cup event for Great Britain. The squad will also be using the boat at the Henley Royal Regatta this summer. Rowing Coach Richard Spratley said: 'The Boat Club aims to maintain its profile in the sport, in particular its current high standing amongst top universities. The new boat is enabling us to push our top performance as high as possible. It increases our chances of winning medals, and our ability to produce medal-winning athletes at Olympic and World Championships.' Lydia Corneck, Training Manager at King Sturge and former rower at Oxford Brookes said: 'We are delighted with this opportunity to support rowing excellence and to strengthen our links with Brookes'. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 11 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Moot first, ask questions later Students in the School of Social Sciences and Law (SSL) have had a particularly successful semester. Two Brookes LLM (Master of Laws) International Law students Kate Godfrey and Natalie Westerbarkey (left to right in photo), were successful in winning the Spirit of the Jessup Award at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Aberdeen on the weekend of 18 February. The tournament was organised by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), a non-profit association of students and young lawyers dedicated to the study and promotion of international law. Natalie and Kate were trained by Law lecturer Lawrence Schafer and aided by fellow Brookes law students Catherine Schlytter, Shella Sharma, and James Lambert at the event. For Natalie and Kate, the moot was an unforgettable experience, and a lot of fun. In a moot, two pairs of advocates argue a fictitious legal appeal case in front of a judge (normally a lecturer or postgraduate student). To win, participants do not necessarily have to win the legal case, but must make the best presentation of their legal arguments. In 1959, a small group of students at Harvard Law School organised an international law moot competition. Later re-named in honour of Philip C. Jessup, justice of the International Court of Justice, the Jessup Competition now involves law students from over 500 law schools in over 80 countries. The Spirit of the Jessup Award was created in 1996 to recognise the team that best exemplifies the Jessup spirit of camaraderie, academic excellence, competitiveness, and appreciation of fellow competitors. Natalie and Kate's win followed the success of SSL Common Professional Examination (CPE) students Estelle Dehon and Christiane Niederlaender, who came second in the Inter- Varsity Moot held at the Inner Temple, London on 6 February. 24 institutions took part in the annual debating tournament, which has been running since 1999. Estelle and Christiane beat the University of Oxford in Round 1 and the University of Swansea in Round 2. They then defeated Sussex in the quarter-finals and Sheffield in the semi-finals before losing to Oxford (who came back as high-scoring losers) in the final. The CPE Graduate Diploma is a well established qualification for non-law graduates who intend to qualify as solicitors or barristers. Taken over 36 weeks full-time, or 72 weeks part- time over two academic years, the course is for graduates with non-law degrees who wish to qualify as either a barrister or a solicitor. For more details visit http://ssl.brookes.ac.uk/postgraduates/law-cpe.htm Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 12 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Sports Winners' Dinner The Centre for Sport hosted its 21st Annual Sports Awards Dinner on Wednesday 20 April. 250 Brookes students, staff and guests attended the event, which was held in the impressive internal marquee within the Centre. Brookes Sport were pleased to welcome back former student Steve Williams MBE following his Olympic Gold win in Athens 2004. Since then, Steve has excelled in the BBC television programme Superstars and was a recent guest on BBC radio's A Question of Sport. Steve, himself a former winner of Rower & Sportsman of the Year at Brookes, presented the awards to this year's winners. Other guests included former Olympian and Great Britain Hockey captain, John Shaw, who now coaches Brookes Hockey. The winners Team of the Year: Rugby 1st XV, British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) League winners and Shield finalists Club of the Year: Boat Club. The Club are at the forefront of British rowing and have gained an excellent reputation internationally. The Men's Senior VIII are BUSA winners and were invited to the Head of the Charles Race in Boston, USA, the Men's Coxless IV won the Visitors Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and the Women's Coxless IV also won gold at Henley. The men's coxed IV won a silver medal at the World Under 23 championships in Poznan, Poland, representing Great Britain. Sportswoman of the Year: Dee Paterson, winning BUSA Gold in the K1 canoeing event Sportsman of the Year: Dave Hewstone, Hockey Coach of the Year: Graham Nichols, Ladies Basketball Rower of the Year: Ryan Davies Tom Llewelyn Usher Memorial Cup: Winston Taylor Steve Walters Memorial Trophy: Tamsin Adams Marc Thompson Memorial Award: Suzzanna Oates (Ladies Basketball & Football) Outdoor Pursuits Club of the Year: Canoe Organiser of the Year: Helen Whittle, Swimming & Waterpolo Small Club of the Year: Volleyball Fresher of the Year: Matty Jackson, Badminton Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 13 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Enter the Dragons' Den Do you need cash for your business idea? The BBC are preparing for their second series of Dragons' Den, the television programme that offers budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their business dreams come true. The Dragons are wealthy and successful business people who are prepared to put their own money into any kind of business which they think will make money. Each week a selection of new entrepreneurs will get the chance to pitch their ideas to the Dragons. There is no limit to the amount of money you can pitch for, but it won't be easy. The Dragons won't waste time with ideas that aren't up to scratch and they won't be slow to point out the flaws in any new business idea. BBC Economics Editor Evan Davis will present the show from a secret location in London, an intimidating arena which will test the nerves of the most confident entrepreneur. Expect real human drama, high emotional impact and life changing amounts of cash as real business deals are done on camera. The rules are simple. The entrepreneurs can ask for any amount of investment, but they must get at least the amount they ask for or they will walk away with nothing. The Dragons are prepared to listen to a pitch for any kind of business but they want to see people who can convince them that their business will make money. The BBC are currently searching for Britain's best new entrepreneurs and will be auditioning throughout the coming months. They want to hear from anyone who thinks they've got what it takes to enter the Dragons' Den. For an application form, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 09011 110825 (calls cost 25p), or visit www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 14 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Rolex Awards for Enterprise Do you have an exceptional enterprise spirit and a burning desire to undertake a major adventure? If so, why not apply for a Rolex Award for Enterprise? Aimed at fostering a spirit of enterprise around the world, the Rolex Awards recognise pioneering concepts and innovative thought by giving individuals the means to carry out a major undertaking. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support outstanding initiatives in: science and medicine; technology and innovation; exploration and discovery; the environment; and cultural heritage, though projects may be submitted in almost any area of activity, provided that they expand knowledge of our world, improve the quality of life on our planet or contribute to the betterment of humankind. Founder of the Rolex Awards, the late Andre J. Heininger, said: 'Rather than crowning success which is already well established and well known, we seek to identify new enterprise and help it flourish.' In 2006, the five applicants whose projects are deemed the most outstanding will each receive $100,000, a gold Rolex chronometer and the benefits of international publicity. Up to five other individuals whose projects are judged to be particularly promising will each receive a cash award and a steel and gold Rolex chronometer and will be honoured at a ceremony in their home countries. Anyone of any age or from any country can apply for a Rolex Award for Enterprise. While winners in most major award programmes are nominated by their peers, Rolex Award candidates put forward their own ideas and projects. An independent jury made up of experts from a variety of disciplines and countries chooses the winners. Members of the selection committee judge applications based on the criteria of originality, feasibility and potential impact. Above all, judges look for exceptional enterprise spirit. For more information and an application form visit www.rolexawards.com Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 15 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Honorary Graduates 2005 Paralympic athlete Dame Tanni Grey Thompson and author, broadcaster and campaigner Kevin McCloud, are among those who will be receiving honorary degrees from Brookes at this year's award ceremonies. Recipients of honorary awards are chosen in recognition of their contribution to learning and society, and as exemplary role models for the University's students. They are chosen by the University Honorary Conferments Committee, from nominations made by University staff. The recipients are as follows: Helen Bamber OBE - founder of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. Helen Bamber has been working in the field since the end of World War Two, when she went to Belsen concentration camp to work with the camp's surviving inmates. Sir Michael Brady - BP Professor of Information Engineering in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. A widely acknowledged leader in his field and a force for inclusive learning, Professor Brady also heads the Computer Vision Group in the UK. Henry Chakava - chairman of East African Educational Publishers, one of Kenya's largest publishing companies. Henry Chakava is one of the most important figures in publishing in post-independence Africa, and has developed close ties with a number of Oxford-based publishing organisations. Jeremy Clarkson - journalist and televison presenter, whose programmes include the BBC's Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld. His wider enthusiasm for great engineering was recently in evidence when he championed Isambard Kingdom Brunel as the greatest of Great Britons. Peter Clegg - architect and a senior founding partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCBA). One of the early pioneers of sustainable development, Peter Clegg continues to be a leader in the field of environmental design. The winner of many industry awards, he also contributes as a writer and lecturer. Caroline Elam - editor, for 15 years, of the notable arts periodical, The Burlington Magazine, and a dominant figure in the arts both at home and abroad. Caroline Elam has had a long and fruitful involvement with many museums and universities and is currently a visiting reader at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Chris Humphries CBE -director general of City & Guilds and chair of the government's Skills Task Force. Chris Humphries' dedication to improving education and widening access has been widely felt in the fields of vocational and post-compulsory education. Mary Keegan - managing director of Financial Management, Reporting and Audit at HM Treasury. Mary Keegan was formerly chairman of the Accounting Standards Board, during which time she gained widespread respect for her contribution to the development of corporate reporting standards and policy. Kevin McCloud - author, broadcaster and campaigner in the fields of architecture and design. As a presenter, Kevin McCloud's enthusiasm captured the attention of the public on the BBC's Homefront and the Channel Four series Grand Designs. He also runs a product design practice. Kathy Sylva - Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Oxford. Professor Sylva is a leading expert in the field of early years/pre- school education, and a regular advisor to the government on education policy. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 16 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Dame Tanni Grey Thompson OBE - wheelchair athlete and the winner of 14 Paralympic medals, including nine golds. Tanni Grey Thompson is not only the UK's leading wheelchair athlete, through her work with the Women's Sport Foundation and the Youth Sports Trust, she is also one of our foremost sports ambassadors. Juliet Williams - chairman of the South West of England Regional Development Agency. The first female chair of a Regional Development Agency, Juliet Williams has achieved considerable success in business and held numerous public offices. She is the originator of Workplace MarketingTM. This year's Honorary Fellowships will be awarded to Bryan Brown; Dr Nicholas Bunnin; Robert Challis; Margaret de Rohan; Julie Fisher; Dr Kalyani Ghandi; Firoz Kassam; Richard Paice; and Graham and Yvonne Pye. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 17 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Events Art exhibitions at OVADA Date Details 7 - 25 June NEW FOR OLD New recruits to Artweeks (Oxfordshire's open studios festival) and longstanding members exhibit work on the themes of pollution, regeneration and the environmental issues facing Oxford's future. Exhibiting artists include Brookes alumni Katie Beinart and Lydia Feodoroff, and former Brookes staff member Anke Loewensprung. The exhibition is curated by alumna George Mogg. 2 - 30 July RE: INVENT The results of a competition for emerging artists over 50, developed in partnership with recent Brookes graduate Barry Reeves (77) to increase opportunities for and awareness of the work of mature artists. Submissions for the competition came from across the South East and Midlands from artists returning to their practice after other careers or just graduating aged 50 or over. 10 July - 31 August TOUR D'ART Oxfordshire's first 'cycle trail', Tour d'Art aims to encourage city dwellers to head out to the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside under their own pedal power to see artworks in strange and wonderful locations. Artists are currently being recruited to create new temporary pieces for locations close to the trail. Opening weekend and mass cycle tour: 9 &10 July. 9 - 27 August KEMP & MOORE Oxford artist Tom Kemp shows new work alongside recent Ruskin graduate Amanda Moore. Kemp's philosophical exploration of the role of the artist will emerge in the form of text-based calligraphic work alongside large scale graphite drawings. 3 - 24 September PADDY SUMMERFIELD Long established as a chronicler of Oxford life, Paddy Summerfield has been developing new black and white photographic works for this exhibition, greatly expanding his recent portfolio Handheld. New commissioned work includes the autobiographical series Dark Flight. 30 September - 22 October SHADOWS & CURVES Internationally known artist basket-maker Mary Butcher and Oxford-based artist/maker Joanna Gilmour collaborate during a month long residency at the gallery to develop new work for exhibition in October. The artists will develop sculputural installations on the theme of Darwinian evolution using both traditional methods of basket-making and radical new techniques. OVADA (Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency) is at 21 Gloucester Green, Oxford, and is part-sponsored by Oxford Brookes University. For further information on exhibitions at OVADA call +44 (0)1865 201782/ email email@example.com, or visit www.ovada.org.uk Careers Fairs at Oxford Brookes Monday 17 October, 10am - 3.30pm, Built Environment Fair, Centre for Sport, Gipsy Lane Campus Monday 6 March 2006, Graduate Careers & Placement Fair, Centre for Sport, Gipsy Lane Campus Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 18 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Two fairs offering employers the opportunity to recruit to graduate recruitment programmes or graduate-level roles, and to recruit students for work placements or work experience. For further information contact the Careers Centre on +44 (0) 1865 484670/ email email@example.com Conferences Date Details Wednesday 22 June Arts and Health School of Health and Social Care, Marston Road, Oxford A one-day regional networking conference, organised by Oxfordshire Arts in Health Network, and The School of Arts and Humanities at Oxford Brookes University, for anyone working in health care, health-related arts provision, teaching or research. Sessions include: Working with Artists and Healthcare Professionals, and; The Design Prescription: Design, colour and the senses. Suggestions for workshops, exhibitions and posters welcome. Free, but advance booking is required. Supported financially by the Arts Council and the Higher Education Innovation Fund. For further information call +44 (0) 01865 483165, or 484329 (text phone: 01865 484121), or visit www.brookes.ac.uk/artsandhumanities To book, email Jackie Brumwell at firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday 31 August (pm), 4th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher to Saturday 3 September Education (pm) Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus A conference aimed at academics, practitioners and research students, with three main themes: understanding gender and performance; achieving gender equality in higher education: evaluating methods, and; academics and practitioners working together. Organised by Oxford Brookes University, the Equality Challenge Unit, the European Network of Gender Equality in Higher Education, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Activities will include a walking tour of historic Oxford and an open-air theatre presentation. Full conference package £540; without dinner £480; bursaries and daily attendance options available. For details visit: www.business.brookes.ac.uk/events/genderinhe2005/index.htm, call Hollie Noonan on +44 (0) 1865 488608/ email email@example.com Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 19 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Enterprise in action Date Details 14 & 15 June B2B Thames Valley A business-to-business exhibition with over 100 exhibitors, a robust seminar programme and workshops offering practical advice on topics from employment to marketing, designed to allow businesses to share experiences, consider alternative practices, to learn and ultimately, to do business. For details contact Scott Hider on 0845 226 3050/ email email@example.com, or visit www.b2bthamesvalley.co.uk 4 & 5 July Venturefest 2005 A chance to witness, first hand, the UK's dynamic enterprise culture through the Venturefest event series which: provides counsel and support to start-ups and SMEs; identifies the resources needed to build on existing capabilities and stimulate business growth; and demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit in Oxfordshire, through the region's uniquely successful partnerships between business, research and academic institutions. Visit www.venturefest.com for further details. Representatives from Brookes' Alumni Enterprise Programme, the Careers Centre, Business School or the Research and Business Development Office will be at these events, so do let us know if you intend to be there and come along to meet us. Postgraduate open days Our postgraduate open days and fairs give you a chance to find out more about the research opportunities available at Brookes and the taught courses we offer. Please visit: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/postgraduate/open_days to find out more. Public lectures Date Details 8 June The science and technology of adhesion or 'of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings' Professor Keith Allen, Honorary Fellow 2002 Until relatively recently the use of adhesives was largely a matter of art and mystery in a very limited number of examples. However there is now far more science involved and the range of applications is greatly extended. It extends from racing car components to reinforcement of bridges. The purpose of this lecture is to present an account of the development of this science and its application in various instances. 29 June 'Death is being born backwards' - Matthew aged 7 Sister Frances Dominica: Honorary Doctor of the University 2003 Helen House, the world's first hospice for children, opened in Oxford in 1982. Since then hundreds of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families have come there for respite care. Because many of the illnesses are slowly progressive these visits may span a number of years before the children need end of life care. This allows the opportunity for close trusting friendships, and both the sick children and their well brothers and sisters sometimes talk about their ideas of dying and death. This lecture will attempt to represent some of their views. This lecture is nearly full. Book now to ensure your seat. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 20 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. For more information and to book your free tickets, call Beth Hill, Alumni Relations and University Events Manager on +44 (0) 1865 484864/ email email@example.com, or write to Beth at: Directorate of Corporate Affairs, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Hill Hall, Headington Campus, Oxford, OX3 0BP. Short courses in coaching Date Details 3 June Coaching Supervision 9.30am - 4.30pm Patti Stevens, MSC, DipCoach, Accr. Supervisor A workshop exploring the issues and practicing the skills of supervision in a supportive learning environment. The coaching supervision relationship is a formal learning process in which the coaching practitioner engages with a more experienced colleague in order to articulate, reflect on, evaluate and receive support to monitor his/her coaching practice. This workshop is appropriate for coaches planning to work with a supervisor and those interested in developing their supervisory skills. Course Fee: £175 17 June Developing Leadership through Coaching and Mentoring 9.30am - 4.30pm Pauline Willis CPsychol A one-day workshop exploring major leadership models and issues that are relevant to coaching practitioners. A key focus will be on understanding leaders and leadership and how coaching interventions that are targeted on leadership development can help both personal and organisational change. This is a practice-focused workshop and it is useful for participants to have some prior experience of working with clients who are either executives or senior managers. Course Fee: £175 These courses are held at the Westminster Institure of Education, Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus, Westminster Way, Oxford, OX2 9AT. For further details contact Maureen Jones on +44 (0) 1865 488609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org In-house and bespoke training, and consultancy in coaching and mentoring is available from Oxford Brookes University. Contact Maureen Jones for further details. What's on in Oxford Don't forget that if you are coming back to Oxford you can find out what's going on by visiting: • www.dailyinfo.co.uk the web version of the printed information sheet • www.evolvingcity.org the website for the year-long programme of events co-ordinated by Oxford Inspires, the cultural development agency for Oxford and Oxfordshire that has Oxford Brookes as one of its founding stakeholders. • www.oxtrust.org.uk for science and technology news, events and projects that are happening in Oxfordshire. Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 21 Contact Anne Whitehouse on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1865 484852. Alumni and External Relations contact details Jennifer Pearson, Alumni Fundraising and Events Officer Re: alumni benefits membership scheme, Annual Fund, general enquiries +44 (0) 1865 484878/ email firstname.lastname@example.org Mariko Kina-Bury, Alumni Database Officer Re: change of address details email@example.com Beth Hill, Alumni Relations and University Events Manager Re: international alumni relations, alumni and University events +44 (0) 1865 484864/ email firstname.lastname@example.org Anne Whitehouse, Alumni Enterprise Manager Re: Alumni Enterprise Programme, work placement and mentoring scheme, editor of The Oak +44 (0) 1865 484852/ email email@example.com Julia Downes, Assistant Development Director (Alumni and External Relations) Development Group Director, re: alumni relations programme and strategy +44 (0) 1865 484895 Brookes Works issue 1: June 2005 22 Contact Anne Whitehouse on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1865 484852.