One World Week


One World Week (OWW) is a week of internationally-themed events organised by staff and students at Oxford Brookes. The aim of this project is to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of the many cultures and people that we have at Brookes. 

One World Week 2017 took place from 20th to 24th of February 2017 (week 4). If you would be interested in hosting an event or participating in any way please get in touch with us at


Monday 20th Feb until Friday 24th Feb. One World Week. A week to celebrate diversity at Oxford Brookes.

All events were free and open to everyone


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Would you like the opportunity to win a £100 Ryanair voucher? Then tell us about how Oxford Brookes is international to you!  This is open to staff and students. For a chance to win, simply upload a photo on social media during One World Week, along with 1-3 sentences including the hashtags #OneWorldBrookes and #WeAreInternational. For example, a photo of you and a staff member or student from a different nationality or something that shows how you are part of this international community. The Vice-Chancellor and the Brookes Union President will choose the best and the winner will be announced the following week.


All week

Around the World in 5 Days

  • Event organiser: OxArch Society

  • Place: Abercrombie Atrium - 3rd / 4th Floor, Abercrombie Building 

A suspended hot air balloon in the Atrium, floating beneath a 3-D map which contains spheres indicating countries across the world, where it can be moved across the map indicating the country they would most like to go. A video camera will record the week with a video displaying the travel of the balloon at the end of the week.


A Postcard to the World

  • Event organiser: Brookes Union

  • Place: Union Square, JHBB

What do you love most about the world? Tell us in small postcards about where you are from, the places you have visited and where you would like to go! Let’s tell each other what is there in the world that is worth seeing, trying and cherishing! 


Exploring Cultures

  • Event organiser: Arts Foundation

  • Place: Upper & Lower Foyer, Richard Hamilton Building 

A body of work which embraces multicultural historical artefacts as inspiration for a range of design responses for products and graphics through the use of fashion, textiles, graphics and illustration. Students have been working with cultural research subjects at the Pitt Rivers Museum to broaden their understanding and appreciation for their chosen artefact and to interpret this into a designed response. This exhibition includes the work of a small group of Foundation Art and Design Students.



Welcome Popcorn

  • Time & place: 8:45 - 9:30 @ Forum, JHBB

Come to the forum to get some free popcorn and your One World Week programme!


Chinese Dragon Dance

  • Event organiser: Confucius Institute

  • Time & place: 12:00 - 12:20 & 13:00 - 13:20 @ Forum, JHBB

Prepare to be amazed by a real Dragon Dance. The Chinese Dragon Dance is a highlight of the Chinese festivities, especially in the Chinese New year celebrations. The Dragon represents wisdom, power, and wealth and a very important aspect of Chinese Culture. It is also said that the Dragon Dance performed on New Year's Day scares away the evil spirits and all the bad luck with them...


Martial Arts Performance

  • Event organiser: Confucius Institute

  • Time & place: 12:20 - 12:30 & 13:20 - 13:30 @ Union Square, JHBB

Come to the Union Square to discover the Chinese Martial Arts, fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China, and are a big part of their traditions and heritage. Chinese Martial Arts have been created for self-defense and survival throughout human history. The correct training improves physical ability, health, and willpower.


Chinese Calligraphy

  • Organiser: Chinese Society

  • Time & place: 12:00 - 14:30 @ Union Square, JHBB

Chinese characters are one of the most stunning invention that Chinese culture has. Calligraphy by Chinese writing brush with ink on rice paper has become more and more popular globally. The activity will showcase how Chinese calligraphy works, and you will be able to have your own name done.


Ebru Art (Marbling)

  • Event organiser: Turkish Society

  • Time & place: 12:00 - 14:30 @ Union Square, JHBB

From the past to the present; passed on from Turkish ancestors. Com along and try marbling art for yourself. You can take your own work home too!


Salsa Class

  • Event organiser: Latino Society

  • Time & place: 17:00 - 18:30 @ Union Hall, JHBB

Come and join us for a fantastic salsa class! Everyone is more than welcome (even if you are just a beginner)  Come and experience the ultimate and traditional latin dance rhythms!



  • Event organiser: Brookes Active

  • Time & place: 18:00 - 19:00 @ Dorset House Accommodation

The Hindu spiritual discipline which combines stretching, body and breath control and meditation is the perfect way to de-stress, relax and workout as the week draws to a close. Yoga is one of the most popular activities among students nationally, so why not join in?



  • Event organiser: Brookes Active

  • Time & place: 18:45 - 19:45 @ Sports Centre

Capoeira is a unique Brazilian martial art, which combines elements of fight, acrobatics, dance and music. Best known for its acrobatic moves and kicks, Capoeira is a very social, cultural activity which provides a great workout - you can burn up to 500 calories an hour!


Made in Africa

  • Event organiser: African Caribbean Society

  • Time & place: 19:00 - 21:00 @ Snow room, JHBB (changed from Union Hall)

An evening dedicated to indulging in the culture of the motherland. Hosted by OBUACS, this event aims to engage students in the traditional aspects of life across the African continent, through music, craftsmanship and dance.


Passport to the World

  • Event organiser: International English Club

  • Time & place: 19:30 - 21:30 @ Chaplainncy, Buckley Building

Join us and learn more about 15 nationalities' unique traditions, languages, art and crafts, people and lifestyle.At the start of the evening, each participant will be given a specially designed “IEC Passport” to bring along as they travel from one country to another. As a participant you will visit each stall and will learn about a country from around the world. You will need to collect a stamp from each country by answering questions or solving different challenges within a time limit. There will be a prize for the participant who collects the most stamps with highest total marks and prizes for award-winning stalls (voted by participants) that includes “Favourite Destination”, “Most Attractive Country”, “World’s Friendliest Country”, and “Most Interesting Culture”.



International Lunch

  • Event organiser: Societies, students & staff

  • Time and place: 12:00 - 14:00 @ Forum, JHBB

This will be your opportunity to try food from all around the world during your usual lunch time and for free! Societies, students and staff have gotten together so you can sample food from some different countries that are represented here at Brookes. Are you really going to miss this chance?*

* We cannot provide you with a full lunch and this is just for you to sample food so please bring food of your own to complement as well.


Crisis - what crisis? Migration to Europe and beyond

  • Event organiser: Oxford Brookes International 

  • Time and place: 12:00 - 13:00 @ Chakrabarti, JHBB

Cathrine Brun, Director of The Centre for Emergency Development and Practice at Oxford Brookes, in conversation with Richard Side, Director of Oxford Brookes International. This session will look at some of the factors driving current issues of migration, as well as how we respond. It will also attempt to offer a more global and historical perspective.  


International Karaoke

  • Event organiser: International Student Advice Team (ISAT)

  • Place and time: 18:00 - 20:00 @ Union Gallery, JHBB

Who doesn't like karaoke? What about one in which you can sing songs from around the world? Join us for a fun, chilled-out evening where we can enjoy some drinksand snacks while checking the songs catalogue for your next performance. Relaxed and international atmosphere, everyone welcome! 


Teas of the World

  • Organiser: Tea Society

  • Time and place: 18:30 - 21:00 @ Brookes Union Meeting Rooms, JHBB

Everyone knows about tea and most likely try one or two types but have to tried international tea blends? At this event we have a variety of teas from all around the world for you to try to discover the World of Tea. With every tea we have on offer, there you will find some fact next to it so you what are drinking and where it is from. Come come over to try some interesting teas and even a couple of biscuits!



  • Organiser: Brookes Active

  • Time and place: 21:00 - 22:30

Kendo is a modern Japanse martial art which uses bamboo swords (and body armour!) to combine a physical workout with discipline and control. Great for developing self-confidence and expressing yourself, if you like LARPing or Cosplay, then Kendo is the sport for you.



Work and Volunteer Abroad

  • Organiser: Careers

  • Time and place: 11:00 - 13:00 @ Forum, JHBB

Come to Careers during the event and see what resources we have that could help you find opportunities to work or volunteer around the world.


Chinese Photobooth

  • Organiser: Chinese Society

  • Time and place: 11:30 - 14:00 @ Union Square, JHBB

Visit the Photobooth during One World Week and have your picture taken wearing our national clothing and props! It'll be easy, quick and fun - a great update on your Snapchat story or Instagram! Spread the word and bring all your friends along! China has 56 groups, one majority Han and 55 minorities. During Chinese history, clothes and accessories were flourishing with times. Different costumes are the reflection of different culture and location.


What do you know about Islam?   Event cancellled

  • Organiser: Islamic society

  • Time and place: 12:00 - 14:30 @ Union Square, JHBB

A stall where you can win prizes for answer questions about Islam. We will also be there to answer any questions that relate to Islam to dispel any misconceptions especially in these strange times.


Understanding Culture and Diversity

  • Organiser: Occupational Therapy Society

  • Time and place: 12:00 - 14:00 @ Brookes Union Meeting Rooms, JHBB

Attitudes and perceptions towards disability varies within different cultures.This interactive workshop will demonstrate the impact physical, cognitive and sensory impairments can have on individuals' daily life. You will be able to experience some of the challenges these impairments may present yourself by using our simulatory equipment while decorating biscuits, making drinks etc. This will help increase your understanding of living with a disability in the UK.


French and Japanese Storytelling

  • Organiser: English and Modern Languages Department 

  • Time and place: 12:00 - 13:00 @ JHB304, JHBB

The Department of English & Modern Languages presents a French and Japanese storytelling.  Students of French and Japanese will introduce two stories and read them in French (Le Petit Prince) and Japanese (The Grateful Crane). Slides with the English translation will be shown.


Kuduro and Semba Dance and Rhythm Workshop

  • Organiser: Angolan Society

  • Time and place: 17:30 - 18:30 @ JHB208, JHBB

We want to invite everyone to have a little bit of fun trying these amazing dance styles. Kuduro and Semba are both very typical Angolan dances.Semba originated the Brazilian Samba, and Kuduro carries some very vibrant and unique moves. Dance is perhaps the best form to showcase how enthusiastic, original and colourful the Angolan culture is.



  • Organiser: Brookes Active

  • Time and place: 17:00 - 18:00 @ Sports Centre

Capoeira is a unique Brazilian martial art, which combines elements of fight, acrobatics, dance and music. Best known for its acrobatic moves and kicks, Capoeira is a very social, cultural activity which provides a great workout - you can burn up to 500 calories an hour!


French Film & Nibbles

  • Organiser: French Connexion 

  • Time and place: 17:30 - 20:00 @ Chakrabarti Room, JHBB

We will be watching the movie ‘The Chorus’ or ‘Les Choristes’ with some French snacks. 


LGBT+ Identity, Rights, Pride & Community

  • Organiser: LGBT+ History Month

  • Time and place: 18:00 - 19:00 @ Main Lecture Theatre, JHBB

You are invited to be inspired, enlightened and challenged by a lively discussion of the gains and continuing work to ensure diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are fully accepted and celebrated in UK society and communities. We will be looking at ways of belonging and creating a sense of community, as well as reflecting on responses to global events of violence and hate crime, actions from the UK government and the changing European context.


Islam and Evolution Event cancelled

  • Organiser: Islamic society

  • Time and place: 18:00 - 19:00 @ Chaplaincy, Buckley Building 

Subboor Ahmed, an alumni of City University London and graduate in engineering, will be talking about the relation between Islam and Evolution.  In theses times where secular thought and religious practice are delicately balanced in the public sphere, Subboor will be encouraging a discussion about the status of both in his talk.



Around the World Challenge

  • Organiser: Union events team

  • Time and place: 11:00 - 15:00 @ Union Square, JHBB

How well do you know the world? Brookes Union invites you to join us in our Around the World Challenge for One World Week! With 7 really fun challenges one for each continent...! Join us in these games to learn fun facts about the different continents, have a good laugh and try a variety of international foods!

Sip and taste Chinese tea

  • Organiser: Chinese Society

  • Time and place: 11:30 - 14:30 @ Union Square, JHBB

Tea is a very important and daily product for Chinese people and as a tradition, they have tea daily at anytime. There are so many kinds of Chinese tea and also there is a delicate process of how to make it. In this event we will showcase this one treasure of Chinese tradition, where you can sip and taste different Chinese tea and understand our tea culture which is quite different to the UK or even western world.


Languages Cafe

  • Organiser: Jacari Society & International Student Advice Team (ISAT)

  • Time and place: 16:00 - 18:00 @ JHB306 & 307, JHBB (changed from Snow room)

There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. What is your first language? Have you ever tried to write letters in the Arabic Alphabet? Do Chinese characters look like Japanese characters? Want to try saying some words in Scottish? Join us at our languages cafe where you can try as many languages as you want in a couple of hours!


Holocaust Survivor Testimony

  • Organiser: History Society

  • Time and place: 17:00 - 19:00 @ Chakrabarti Room, JHBB

Ruth Barnett, a Holocaust survivor, is going to share her testimony of her experience in the Holocaust.She is going to talk about how what her experience and a millions of others' is relevant to today’s society around the world. The focus will be put on the diverse range of people who the Holocaust affected, especially to the Travellers and Roma. Ruth will take a more positive approach regarding the lessons that the Holocaust has taught us and will take any questions students may have.


Dark Girls

  • Organiser: Documentary Club

  • Time and place: 19:30 - 21:00

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.



  • Organiser: Brookes Active

  • Time and place: 19:30 - 20:15 @ Clive Booth Postgraduate Lounge

​The Hindu spiritual discipline which combines stretching, body and breath control and meditation is the perfect way to de-stress, relax and workout as the week draws to a close. Yoga is one of the most popular activities among students nationally, so why not join in?



Discover Saudi Arabia

  • Event organiser: Saudi Society

  • Time and place: 11:00 - 14:00 @ Forum, JHBB

The event will present a snapshot of Saudi Arabia’s culture and traditions.There will be a table featuring Arabic calligraphy where you can have your name written. Another table featuring Henna art, where you can get your hand painted. Saudi guys and girls will be wearing traditional clothing and we will be happy to tell you more about our wear. We will also have Saudi music, dances and games. Of course don’t miss out on Arabic coffee and sweets!


Origami Workshop

  • Event organiser: Matt, Brookes Union

  • Time and place: 11:30 - 14:00 @ Forum, JHBB

Wanna try making paper into something amazing? Origami is the art of folding paper into various sculptures like animals, plants or items. In this workshop, you will be able to learn basic folds and step by step instructions on how to make a variety of sculptures. Origami originated in Japan as a form of art and is now practised all around the world.


Mixology Mocktail Bar

  • Event organiser: Mixology Society

  • Time and place: 11:30 - 13:00 @ Forum, JHBB

Come and get a cultural Mocktail from Brookes Mixology's pop-up bar in the student union at lunchtime. Switch up your daily revision coffee for a revision Mocktail, and find out more about the society and how to join this semester.


African Dance

  • Time and place: 12:00  @ Union Square, JHBB 

Through the use of traditional African drums, a colourful and powerful performance awaits us here at Brookes. Come along to one the most dynamic events and take this chance to be entertained. 



  • Event organiser: Brookes Active

  • Time and place: 15:00 - 17:00 @ Sports Centre

One of only 5 sports competed in at every modern Olympics, Fencing is a weapon sport offering a great combination of speed, control and coordination. Very popular across Europe, Fencing is also practiced by many actors and stunt people in preparation for work in film and theatre.



  • Event organiser: Brookes Active

  • Time and place: 17:00 - 18:00 @ Sports Centre

A simple, yet dynamic martial art, Judo focuses on power, balance and movement to throw your opponent, rather than kicking, striking or weapons. Derived from the Japanese 'gentle way', Judo offers high intensity in short bursts and works on all of your core physical skills together.


The Problem with Community Leaders

  • Event organiser: Quilliam Society

  • Time and place: 19:00 - 19:45 @JHB 308 Kennedy Room, JHBB

Sadia Hameed is a spokeswoman for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. The talk will cover the idea of there being, in many minority cultures, a cultural hierarchy with self-appointed community leaders, voicing the "true" opinion of the community. Citizen Khan's Mr Khan offers good entertainment is satirising such a character. However, this hierarchy is one that has numerous flaws. It hides the variety of experiences and opinions within minority cultures and also marginalises dissenting voices, leading many to view minority communities as homogeneous and "all the same". Sadia will urge us to think past this narrow conception of a minority community.


Broadway Cinema

  • Event organiser: Fortune Singers Society

  • Time and place: 19:30 - 21:15 @ Chakrabarti, JHBB

We will be watching a classic Broadway musical ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ with American themed snacks.

Other events

Marston Road Campus

Savoury and Cake Charity Sale

  • Event organiser: Health and Life Sciences Faculty

  • Time and place: Mon 20 Feb, 11:30 - 13:30 @ Marston Road Main Reception Foyer 

Calling all bakers in Marston Road campus to make their favourite cake, sweet or savory from their country or region, and bring it to their charity bake sale to help raise money for the Oxfordshire charity Asylum Welcome.

Healthcare Around the World Talks

  • Event organiser: Marston SSCs - Martha Cadle-Nisbet 

  • Time and place: Thu 23 Feb, times below @ MR1/26, Marston Road Campus

A series of interactive talks by academics and students from Health and Life Sciences, Marston Road. These talks will offer perspectives on international physiotherapy practice, Maternity and Ante-natal care in Malawi and operating as a physiotherapist in Palestine in the mid 1990s to name a few.

  • 12:00 Kirsten Baker - Midwifery in Malawi
  • 12:45 Tim Ainsle - Physio in Palestine and other countries
  • 1:30 Ben Ellis - International Physio project
  • 2:00 - Laura Steinmetz - Occupational Therapy in the USA
  • 2:45 - *TBC* OT MSc Student

Wheatley Campus

International Coffee and Cakes

  • Event organiser: Oxford Brookes Business School 

  • Time and place: Tue 21 Feb, 10:30 - 12:30 @ Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre Cafe, Wheatley

The Business School is calling all bakers to make their favourite cake, sweet or savoury from their country or region. There will be a prize for the most creative treat, to be donated by the Business School Executive. All proceeds to Oxfordshire charity Asylum Welcome. 

Swindon Campus

International Coffee Morning

  • Event organiser: Swindon campus 

  • Time and place: Wed 22 Feb, 10:30 - 11:30 @ G.14 room, Joel Joffe Building, Swindon

Students and staff in our Swindon campus are getting together to celebrate the diversity of their community. They will be hosting an international coffee morning where the cafe will be offering a diversity of international treats, and  students and staff will wear their traditional costumes and bring savoury and cakes from their country or region.


Brookes Nursery

International Evening at Brookes Nursery

  • Event organiser: Brookes Nursery 

  • Time and place: Thu 23 Feb, 17:30 - 19:00 @ Brookes Nursery 

Children aged 2 and up, and their families, have been invited to take in an international evening showcasing the different cultures and customs of children who attend the nursery. There will be tables representing different countries, with food, photograph, objects to explore and a simple activity. Children will be given a ‘passport’ to get stamped as they ‘visit’ different countries.


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