The University has roots in Oxford that go back to 1865 (when it was known as the Oxford School of Art). The present student body is 19,000. It has managed to forge a presence in the city of Oxford as well as maintain a separate identity from nearby University of Oxford.
Oxford Brookes University is a premier learning and teaching institution with an outstanding research record
We are widely acknowledged to be one of the UK's leading modern universities, surpassing many older institutions in newspaper league tables. While we are proud of these accolades, our vision is simply to offer our students one of the very best university experiences.
A tradition of academic excellence
Oxford Brookes is ranked in the top twenty in seven subjects in the Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015:
East and South Asian Studies (10th)
Town and Country Planning & Landscape (13th)
Subjects Allied to Medicine (14th)
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism (14th)
Art and Design (18th)
We have a long standing reputation for employability, and are host to two national centres of excellence in teaching and learning.
The University can trace its history back as far as 1865 with the foundation of the Oxford School of Art, which over the centuries merged and grew to become today's university. It was in 1992 that the then Oxford Polytechnic became Oxford Brookes University, naming itself after John Henry Brookes, first Principal of the Schools of Technology, Art and Commerce. In 2015, Oxford Brookes is celebrating it's 150th anniversary.
The Times and Sunday Times University Guide
Oxford Brookes is currently ranked as one of the best modern universities in the UK.
The University has topped the rankings for modern universities – those created since 1992 – for 11 of the past 12 years in The Sunday TimesUniversity Guide.
The Guide has repeatedly praised Brookes for the quality of its teaching which no other modern university and few older institutions can match. The Times and The Sunday Times' University Guide is one of the most respected league tables and looks at the performance of universities across the UK in fields like teaching, research, student satisfaction and graduate employment prospects.
The 2014 guide also drew attention to research at Brookes, saying ‘Grades in the last Research Assessment Exercise showed more than a third of the work judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. ‘
Key indicators from The Times and The Sunday Times league table show:
Oxford Brookes ranks highly for graduate employment.
Oxford Brookes has strong student satisfaction ratings.
Our 3 Oxford campuses all include libraries and 24-hour computer rooms, places to meet, eat and socialise, plus sports facilities and halls of residence either on campus or nearby.
Campus life is a key part of your university experience.
It's more than likely that the majority of your time will be spent on campus, so we've ensured that everything you need, both for your studies and general day-to-day life, is only a short distance away.
Each of our campuses in Oxford has residential accommodation, playing fields, a library, computer rooms and Students' Union shops. And when you need a bite to eat, there are cafes, snack kiosks and bars, as well as catering facilities serving breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.
Our facilities include:
Headington Campus (Gipsy Lane, Headington Hill, Marston Rd)
Just over a mile from Oxford city centre, Headington Campus is made up of three sites, Gipsy Lane, Headington Hill and Marston Rd.
The busiest site, Gipsy Lane is home to many teaching buildings and boasts excellent facilities including:
Just across the road from Gipsy Lane, leafy Headington Hill is home to The Students Union and many of the student services including:
The Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill sites are on either side of Headington Road, where you can pick up buses to both the city centre, which is just a five-minute ride away and our Wheatley and Harcourt Hill campuses.
The third Headington site is Marston Road, with state-of-the-art teaching facilities for our health and social care courses. Marston Road can be reached on foot or by bus or bike from the other Headington sites.
Harcourt Hill campus
Overlooking the dreaming spires of Oxford, our Harcourt Hill campus is the base for our students studying teacher education as well as human development, philosophy, religious studies and theology.
Just over two miles from the city centre, Harcourt Hill Campus provides a unique learning environment and includes:
Set in beautiful countryside on the London side of Oxford and seven miles from Oxford city centre, Wheatley campus is the base for our business technology students.
Just a short BROOKESbus ride away, Wheatley is a friendly campus which boasts some of our newest buildings, including the stylish and environmentally innovative engineering building.
The campus also offers:
The Simon Williams Undergraduate Building
The Simon Williams building is an exciting social space, which provides an alternative environment to lecture halls, libraries and study bedrooms where students can sit with friends, work on group assignments or meet with staff to develop a shared understanding of academic standards.Getting around
Take the Brookes Bus...
All our campuses, halls of residence and the city centre are linked by the Brookes Bus network. The Brookes Bus has Wi-Fi and air-con as standard and is a fast, efficient service run by the UKs greenest bus company, the Oxford Bus Company. Included in the cost of your hall accommodation is a BrookesKey, allowing travel anywhere on the Brookes Bus network and also providing discounts on some other bus services.
If youre out late, the Brookes Bus runs until the early hours of the morning, and theres also the Students Union Safety Bus from 9pm - 3am. This bus will pick you up and drop you off anywhere within Oxfords Ring Road, all for a voluntary donation of £1.
Cycling is often the quickest way to get around Oxford. Cyclists are well
The cheapest, and healthiest, way to get around Oxford is on foot. It only takes about 10 minutes from Headington Campus to Cowley Road and about 30 minutes into the city centre.Transport links
Oxford is well connected by road and rail, with London, Birmingham and Bristol all within easy reach. You can hop on a coach to London from a bus stop right outside our Headington and Wheatley campuses and be in the West End within 90 minutes. Buses run 24 hours a day, every 10 minutes or so during the day.
If Europe beckons, you can reach Paris or Brussels via London and the Eurostar in just five hours. Buses to Heathrow airport run every 20 minutes during peak times and the journey takes 70-90 minutes. Buses to Gatwick run every hour during peak times; the journey takes an hour and a half.
Personal support services
We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible.
Being at university is a whole new life experience and we want you to make the most of it. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.
Medical and dental services
We offer medical services including a dental practice and osteopathy clinics.
The university Medical Centre is based on Headington Campus. In addition to the range of services youd expect, the centre offers health advice for students travelling overseas and on field trips. It also runs initiatives dealing with issues such as eating disorders and cancer awareness. You can make an appointment or you can attend a nurse drop-in clinic between 10.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday. Students based at Wheatley and Harcourt Hill Campuses register with one of the local practices that link to those campuses.
We also have our very own dental practice, Studental, on Headington Campus, providing a full range of high-quality NHS dental services for all students and staff.
Need to visit an osteopath? Oxford Brookes has the first osteopathic teaching clinics in the country accredited and based within a university. The clinics one in Oxford, and the other at our Ferndale site in Swindon provide a full range of osteopathic treatments and also provide comprehensive treatment options for sports injuries and follow up care, with concessionary rates for Brookes students, staff and alumni.
Oxford Brookes has a team of professionally trained counsellors who offer a free, confidential service.
You can talk to a counsellor about any concerns you have, whether personal or academic, and there are different forms of support available, including one-to-one counselling, email counselling, and groups and workshops on particular issues. Counselling is open to all Brookes students, whatever age, gender, religion or belief, nationality, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
Students Union Advice Centre
The Students Union runs its own advice centre (SUAC), providing another place to turn if the going gets tough
Trained staff can advise on academic, housing and financial concerns, and you can either drop in, make an appointment, or get in touch by phone or email. They are a great place to go if you need support or if you just want to chat to someone about the best way of doing something.
Oxford Brookes has its own well-equipped and professionally run nursery, available for children aged between four months and five years.
Open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.25pm, it provides a happy, secure and stimulating environment for all children.
The nursery is in a purpose-built, bright and cheerful building, with a spacious and well-equipped garden for outdoor play. In a recent survey, 100% of nursery parents agreed that the provision is excellent. Comments included:
We couldnt ask for a better nursery. The staff, provision, equipment and management are outstanding
Fees: £38.00 per day / £20.75 per morning / £18.75 per afternoon. It is essential to apply well in advance as places are limited. Students can apply for funding through the Financial Aid office.
Disability and Dyslexia Service
Advice and support is available from the pre-application stage onwards.
The Student Disability and Dyslexia Service provides support for students with disabilities including:
We offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.
There is wheelchair-accessible accommodation in a number of Oxford Brookes' halls of residence. Make sure to contact us early if this facility is required.
Support Worker Scheme
Our Support Worker Scheme can provide services such as note-taking in lectures, reading onto tape and mobility support on campus. We can also organise the provision of specialist staff for deaf students. Again, early contact is advised so that you can ensure that you have access to the necessary funding for these services.
Dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities
For students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties there is a range of support available, including special arrangements for exams and a marking card system.
DisabledGo access analysis
DisabledGo is an award-winning disability organisation who produce independent accessibility guides.
If you join Oxford Brookes as a mature student we will provide you with all the support you need.
We offer part-time study options; childcare at our excellent nursery; study support through Upgrade as well as from your academic adviser; and advice on finance.
In addition, we have our own Mature Students Adviser, a qualified counsellor who can offer advice and support on all aspects of studying at Oxford Brookes.
Oxford is home to a great diversity of faith communities, many of which offer a particular welcome to students.Societies, clubs and volunteering
University is the ideal time to try out something new or pursue your current interests. Anything you do to get involved may lead on to your future career.
Whether you want to make friends, get involved in the Students' Union, volunteer or find a part-time job, there are plenty of opportunities as a Brookes student. Below is just a sampling of what you can do to get involved.
Student societies and clubs
Societies are a great way to meet new people and discover new hobbies and interests. The Students' Union has over 70 different societies you can join. Our student societies cater for a massive range of interests, from choral music to drum 'n' bass, snow sports to salsa and religion to real ale. And if there isn't one that caters to your tastes, it's simple to set one up.
Another way of enhancing your time at university is to become a volunteer. As a volunteer you can get involved with a whole host of events and activities within the local community. We can also provide information and help students who want to get involved in leading their own projects.
We believe one of our greatest assets is our students - so who better to tell visitors, prospective students and new arrivals all about the university and what it has to offer? As well as providing paid work, our student ambassador scheme offers our students the chance to learn new skills and gain experience that will be invaluable when it comes to getting a job after graduation.What do our ambassadors do?
You will often see Student Ambassadors at the university's main reception, welcoming visitors to the campus. They also work in our Student Enquiry call centre, and help out at Passport to university events, as well as the Summer School and other aspiration raising and recruitment activities.
With a superb selection of more than 40 sports clubs on offer, and six dedicated sports of excellence, Oxford Brookes is one of the UKs top universities for sport.
Sport for all
Whether you aspire to compete for your country, enjoy team sports or just want fun, affordable exercise, Brookes has first-class facilities on each of its three main campuses. Our impressive range of clubs means there is something for everyone to try, offering you a great way to socialise and make new friends as well as keeping fit.
In addition to taking part in sport yourself, you can get involved in sports volunteering in the community, for example by coaching local children's teams.
There are sports facilities available at all 3 of our main sites:
Headington Campus - the Centre for Sport
The centre for sport is the main hub of sporting activities at Brookes, and has recently had a major refit. Our recently upgraded gym includes:
Some of the equipment is also designed for wheelchair users. Gym staff are fully trained to help disabled users with their workouts. Youll have access to plenty of other facilities at the sports centre, too.
Our climbing wall has seen a £100,000 rebuild and extension, making it 50% bigger. Theres also a sports hall, an aerobics studio/martial arts dojo, and an indoor rowing centre. The sports centre is also home to a bar, cafe and shop.
Wheatley Campus has outdoor pitches for football, netball, lacrosse and cricket, eight tennis courts and two five-a-side floodlit AstroTurf football pitches.
Harcourt Hill Campus
At Harcourt Hill Campus we have a 25-metre indoor heated pool and a nine-hole golf course, as well as tennis and squash courts, and pitches for rugby, football and American football. There is also a sports hall and fitness studio.
You can find out more about sports facilities at Brookes by visiting our sports pages.
We have a superb selection of more than 40 sports clubs on offer and six dedicated sports of excellence, there is no excuse not to get involved.
Not just a chance to exercise, clubs are a great way to meet people, try something new and have fun.
Our sports clubs have something for everyone, ranging from the traditional football, hockey and rowing to more unusual activities like ultimate frisbee, pilates and ballroom dancing.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Oxford Brookes University!