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Oxford Brookes University

Social responsibility is at the heart of our mission and vision at Oxford Brookes University. We’re not a university focused simply on creating graduates. We believe in supporting innovative thinkers and graduating students who are able to contribute to their community, to society and to make a real difference in the wider world.

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Oxford Brookes University was founded in 1865 as an art school (School of Art). It was taken over in 1891 by the Technical Instructional Committee and renamed Oxford City Technical School. John Henry Brookes became Vice-Principal of the Oxford City Technical School and Head of the School of Art in 1928. Over the next 30 years he worked on the development of the institution.


High-quality teaching lies at the heart of Oxford Brookes. We are proud to have received a host of achievements and accolades, including 11 National Teaching Fellowships for our staff.

We are ranked 1st in the UK for teaching and research (Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2018).

We are home to 11 National Teaching Fellows - the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching. Our National Teaching Fellows work across a range of subjects from geography and architecture to business and education. Our academics also take part in innovative schemes which add value to their teaching.


Oxford Brookes University is 1st in the UK for teaching and research (Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2018). 94% of our research at Oxford Brookes is internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014). It is committed to enhancing the impact of our research in its broadest terms, and widen dissemination of their research for the benefit of our communities, whether local, regional or global, including our staff and students.

We now have a modern 100-seat teaching lab, student orientated spaces, academic offices, and further teaching and research areas.


Employers want graduates with proven skills they can take into the workplace. So Oxford Brookes courses don’t just give you a degree - they give you work placements, professional knowledge, links into industry, integrated careers guidance and so much more to build your employability.

95% of our students are employed and/or in further study within 6 months of leaving Oxford Brookes (HESA 2018).

We work closely with professionals to design courses focused on a career in a specific sector from architecture and engineering to nursing and education.


Student services

At Oxford Brookes we are proud of our student support services. From visa advice to study support and careers guidance, we've got you covered.

  • Upgrade is the University's confidential study advice service for anyone who wants advice on Academic English, statistics, maths and study skills.
  • Our International Student Advice Team (ISAT) offer help with everything from visas to work options.
  • Wellbeing helps you to make the most of your time here at Oxford Brookes. They offer counselling, disability and dyslexia services and run the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
  • Each student also gets a personal academic adviser to guide you throughout your studies and provide comprehensive academic support.

Housing services

You are guaranteed a place in one of our halls as long as you make us your firm choice and apply by the deadline. All our halls are on a BROOKESbus route, connecting Headington, Harcourt Hill and Wheatley campuses with the rest of the city which you can use for free. You can choose between study rooms with ensuite or shared bathrooms and studio flats, located on both the campus and in the city centre. 

Library services

Our Headington Library, spanning six floors with tonnes of study space, is open 24/7 during semester time. Every subject we teach has its own librarian and specialist webpage offering you support with your studies. With 400,000 paper-based journals and books and over 25,000 online resources, you’ll always be able to find what you need.

ICT services

The IT Service Desk provide support for all staff and students across the University. Support is always available, should you need some help with anything IT-related, you can wander into an IT Service Desk Point (on any campus) or use our web portal.

Brookes has over 1,000 open-access PCs for students to use across the university. 

Medical services

Oxford has world-leading medical facilities and at Oxford Brookes we offer wellbeing services which are confidential to staff and students. The team respond to enquiries from current and prospective students. 

The Medical Centre offers a confidential and comprehensive medical service. We deliver a personal, efficient and friendly service to our patients.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Oxford Brookes is based in and around the historic city of Oxford, where our three largest campuses are located - Harcourt Hill Campus, Wheatley Campus, Headington Campus.
  • Headington comprises the most exciting spaces, with new buildings including the award-winning John Henry Brookes Building, Sinclair laboratories and a new Business School to help you pursue excellence in your studies.
  • Each of the Oxford campuses have accommodation, sports facilities, a library, computer rooms and a shop. When you need a bite to eat, there are cafes, and restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals.
  • Over a ten-year period, Oxford Brookes is investing £220m in its estate.

Sports facilities

  • Class-goers and gym-users are well catered for at our Sports Centres, and through the Brookes Active initiative - a regular programme of fun and informal events, classes and activities giving you the means and motivation to keep fit.
  • Start a new sport or carry on with one you love with our 40+ clubs, welcoming everyone from beginners to seasoned pros. Expand your social circle and keep fit as a member of a team.
  • Brookes Sport offers excellent gyms, Oxfordshire’s premier climbing wall, a swimming pool, boathouse, courts, pitches and much more. 
  • Oxford Brookes has a great history of sporting achievement. 

Student clubs

  • The Oxford Brookes Union currently supports over 100 groups, sharing interests from Jazz to Japanese, from Law to First Aid and so much more. With events as diverse as film shows, debates, dinners, speakers, nights, seminars, trips away and balls, there is something for everyone.
  • If you can’t find the society for you, Brookes Union will support you in starting your own.
  • They encourage everyone to get involved in and around the University. You can become a Brookes Union Academic Rep and act as the student voice on behalf of your course or department to improve your academic experience.


  • European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation System (EPAS)
  • Association of Master of Business Administrations (AMBA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Architects Registration Board (ARB)
  • Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM - Malaysian board of Architects)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

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