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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.