18 November 2016

International student welcome events

Welcome one, welcome all! The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment hold its 2nd cross faculty international student welcome events.

On Wednesday 12 October the School of Architecture, School of Arts and School of the Built Environment jointly hosted the event in the Abercrombie Atrium at the Headington Campus and the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and Department of Mechanical and Mathematical Sciences jointly hosted the event at the Wheatley campus on Thursday 13 October.

The event was led by Rekha Giddy, Programme Administrator for the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment.

The events gave new international students the opportunity to mingle with their peers from the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in an informal setting over tea, coffee and plenty of cake! Staff members from the Faculty Executive Office, School and Department academics and Support Staff joined the events to make the new students feel welcome. Brookes Union facilitated a networking initiative – ‘People Bingo’, enjoyed by both students and staff!

The International Student Advice Team (ISAT) and Oxford Brookes International Team (OBI) also welcomed the students and gave them all the advice they needed about starting their student experience in the UK and at the University.

Overall, both events were a success and helped to welcome the students in a creative and innovative way.

Paul Inman, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment said, "The Faculty has one of the largest international student populations in the University, and it grows year in year. Students come from all over the world to study in Oxford, so we want to ensure that they are welcomed properly and made to feel at home. For me, international students are the life blood of the institution. This enervating mix of cultures, belief systems and traditions helps us to develop academic curiosity and question some much of what we take for granted in the UK. And it's a two way shared process because for many international students they have travelled to these shores to engage with one of the best quality education systems in the world and in the process breathe in the very history of Oxford whilst living here."