Illustrious guests from motorsport celebrate Oxford Brookes University’s success in the industry
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Illustrious guests from motorsport celebrate Oxford Brookes University’s success in the industry

Oxford Brookes University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (MEMS) held a day of special events as part of Oxford Brookes University’s 150th anniversary celebrations on Friday 29 May.

  • F1 World Champion John Surtees OBE and Brian Sims among notable speakers
  • display of classic Morris cars on the Headington Campus Piazza
  • an afternoon with the Formula Student Team: The secret of our success
  • unveiling of the new Formula Student car
  • Motorsport: Past, Present and Future; A panel discussion with special guests from the motorsport industry including Formula One, chaired by Brian Sims

Oxford Brookes University also welcomed other notable names from the motorsport industry including: F1 World Champion John Surtees OBE, Red Bull Racing aerodynamicist Gavin Ward, vehicle engineer and designer Mark Williams, Head of R&D and US Race and Defence Programs  at Dallara Andrea Toso, race engineer Paul Anthony and Managing Director of BMW (UK) Frank Bachmann.

Since the founding institution of Oxford Brookes University, The Oxford School of Art, opened its doors in 1865, technical excellence was at the heart of the educational experience. Oxford Brookes University continues to supply high quality graduates and design engineers to the automotive and motorsport sector, in particular Formula One.


The new Formula Student car


The day began with a car show on the Piazza which displayed classic Morris cars including the Morris Oxford model, in a nod to alumnus William Morris, later known as Lord Nuffield who founded Morris Motors Limited in 1919 and whose cars have become a symbol of quintessential British heritage.

Oxford Brookes University is also proud to have the best UK Formula Student team, Oxford Brookes Racing, who have won the title twice in the last three years (not overall winner) and also won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Formula Student Design Competition at Silverstone last year for their single-seat racing car; the first time a UK team has ever won the award.


The Formula Student team

The Formula Student team hosted a lecture on the day to talk about the secrets of their success which they then followed by unveiling the brand new Formula Student car.

Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Gareth Neighbour said: “Oxford Brookes has a rich history in science, engineering and mathematics which can be illustrated by our contribution to the automotive industries and to motorsport.  Brookes can be proud of its contribution and it is perhaps right in our anniversary year that we reflect on past successes and look to the future. On May 29th we will be celebrating this contribution throughout the day with events unveiling this year’s Formula Student Car and also inviting guests to join us at ‘An Evening with Brian Sims’ celebrating in discussion with notable figures from within the industry, our alumni and inviting the community to join staff and students.”

Information about the events and special guests is available on the Brookes Alumni events webpages.