OXFORD Brookes is hoping to add to its collection of Olympic medals as its former pupils compete at Rio.

The university is one of the best in the country in terms of success at the Games with nine Olympic medals.

At Rio, five former Brookes students and the University's chancellor Dr Katherine Grainger CBE will be competing in the rowing competitions this weekend.

Keith Kelly, director of sport at Oxford Brookes, said: "Brookes is known for its excellent track record in rowing, indeed we are among the top universities in the UK for the sport. To see Brookes rowers performing at the highest level in the world is fantastic.

"These guys and girls are a real inspiration to our rowers in the current Brookes crews.

"We will all be cheering them on over the next couple of weeks."

Scott Durant, a town planning graduate in 2012, will make his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 in the men’s eights rowing.

After winning European Championships gold this year, alumna Olivia Carnegie-Brown has been selected to row in the women’s eight at Rio.

Construction Management student, Mat Tarrant, has been named as one of the two reserves for the open-weight men’s squad for this year’s Games.

At London 2012, Richard Chambers and his brother Peter Chambers won silver in an incredible race in the lightweight men’s four.

The brothers will compete in their second Olympics at Rio, in the lightweight men’s double scull and lightweight men’s four.

Peter graduated in 2013 after studying Sport and Exercise Science. Richard graduated in 2007 after studying Construction Management.