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Oxford Brookes University
Motto "Excellence in diversity"
Established 1992, from Oxford Polytechnic (est. 1970) ultimately from Oxford School of Art (est. 1865)
Type Public
Chancellor Shami Chakrabarti
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Janet Beer
Students 19,070[1]
Undergraduates 13,645
Postgraduates 5,120[1]
Other students 300 FE[1]
Location Oxford, England, UK
Colours          [2]
Affiliations Universities UK
Association of MBAs
Website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/

Oxford Brookes University is a modern university in Oxford, England. It was named to honour the school's founding principal, John Brookes. It is a leading modern University, particularly because of its forward-thinking approach and strong teaching. It has been ranked as the best Modern University by the Sunday Times University Guide. [3]. It provides one of the largest Online MBA programmes in the world (30th) as ranked by the Financial Times Listing.[4]



Oxford Brookes has roots in Oxford that go back to 1865, when it was known as the Oxford School of Art, located in a single room on the ground floor of the Taylor Institution, St. Giles. In 1870 the School of Science was incorporated into the School of Art. In 1891, under the administration of the City Council's Technical Instruction Committee, it was renamed the Oxford City Technical School, incorporating the School of Art, and plans were made to relocate to the former Blue Coat School for Boys on St. Ebbes. In 1934 the School of Art and the Technical School were merged, and John Henry Brookes, Vice Principal of the Technical School, was appointed the first principal of the merged institution. Renamed "Oxford College of Technology" in 1956, its first residence hall was established in 1960 and the college relocated to Headington in 1963. In 1970, it became Oxford Polytechnic, and in 1992, following enactment of the Further and Higher Education Act was renamed Oxford Brookes University.[5][6][7] In October 2003 Oxford Brookes university became the first university in the world to be awarded Fairtrade status.[8] In 2007 Oxford Brookes came fifth in the new environmental league table of universities and received a first class rating for its environmental credentials.[9]

Although not a part of Oxford University, it is among the eight external institutions whose members are eligible for long-term temporary membership in the Oxford Union.[10]

Oxford Brookes is the eighth largest employer in Oxfordshire, providing 2,500 jobs across the University.[11]


Oxford Brookes comprises eight schools:[12]

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of the Built Environment
  • Business School
  • School of Health and Social Care
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences and Law
  • School of Technology
  • Westminster Institute of Education

Specialist study

The Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) in the School of the Built Environment was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize and is well known for its programme for humanitarian practitioners. CENDEP provides an academic setting for the study of cities, humanitarianism and refugees. Singer and activist Annie Lennox is patron of the Master's Course in Humanitarian and Development Practice.[13]

In 2007, The MSc in Primate Conservation was awarded the highly-prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize – a national honour recognising the outstanding contribution by the MSc programme team and the Department of Anthropology & Geography at Oxford Brookes.[14]

The Oxford Brookes School of Technology is well known for its automotive and motorsports technology/engineering. Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso provides scholarships for masters degree students to study motor sport engineering at the university.[15]

Automotive engineering

The Oxford Brookes School of Technology is well known for its automotive and motorsports technology/engineering courses leading to undergraduate BSc(Hons), BEng(Hons) and MEng(Hons) degrees. Due to the close links between Oxford Brookes and several Formula 1 teams around Oxfordshire, the syllabus development for the undergraduate and post graduate courses are carried out in collaboration with F1 teams.[16] Over the decade, the school has developed a niche for producing Formula 1 design and race engineers,[17][18] who go on to build championship winning cars, participating in the FIA Formula 1 Championships. The school is also home and lead institution to Motorsport Knowledge Exchange[19] which is a Government-funded small cooperative of institutions, involved in delivering motorsport education at a variety of different levels, from technician to post-graduate.

Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso provides scholarships for masters degree students to study motor sport engineering at the university.[15][20] Participants, in specific will study either an MSc in motorsports engineering or in race engine design with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes. The university, which is based in the centre of the UK's "motorsport valley", boasts a teaching staff that includes Prof. Geoff Goddard, a former chief designer at Cosworth.[21] Jamie Cole also studied for a Bachelors Degree in engineering at the School of Technology.[22]

The School of Technology at Oxford Brookes is one of the three core universities in Faraday Advance,[23] the partnership in advanced materials for transportation. Faraday Advance works to increase the impact of science on UK business competitiveness in the automotive, aerospace and transport sectors by developing future materials and technology for low-pollution, high-efficiency, cost-effective transport.[24] The core partners in Faraday Advance are the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and Cranfield University.[25][26]

The Functional Food Centre at Oxford Brookes University

The Functional Food Centre at Oxford Brookes University is the UK’s first Research Centre dedicated to Functional Foods. The Centre opened in early 2009 and builds on the services and expertise previously provided by the Nutrition and Food Research Group at Oxford Brookes. This group had been in existence since 1984 and renamed itself in 2009 to draw on the knowledge and expertise of its new staff. The Functional Food Centre is led by its Director - Professor Jeya Henry and is known internationally for its work on Glycaemic Index and is the largest testing centre in Europe. The centre also focuses its research on areas such as satiety, dietary interventions, female nutrition and aging.


Headington Hill Hall, part of Oxford Brookes University since 1992.

Oxford Brookes University has three main campuses.

Headington campus

The Headington campus is located in Headington, a residential area of Oxford, one mile from the city centre. It consists of the Gipsy Lane site, which is the main teaching site, the Marston Road site, being the school of Health and Social Care, and the Headington Hill site across the road from Gipsy Lane, where the Students' Union and main halls of residence are located. It has seven halls of residence: Crescent Hall, Cheney Student Village, Clive Booth Hall, Clive Booth Non-Ensuite (formerly Morrell Hall), Warneford Hall, Cotuit Hall and Paul Kent Hall.

Wheatley campus

The Wheatley campus is set near Wheatley in the Oxfordshire countryside, seven miles south-east of the city centre, and is where business, IT, mathematics and more recently engineering subjects are taught. It has one hall of residence: Lady Spencer Churchill Hall.

Harcourt Hill campus

The Harcourt Hill campus is situated on Harcourt Hill on Oxford's western perimeter, two and a half miles from the city centre. Education, Philosophy, Theology, Media and Communication and many other subjects are taught here, in a landscaped setting overlooking the city. It was formerly the site of Westminster College, Oxford, the only independent Methodist higher education institution in Europe, which specialised in Teacher Training and Theology and whose students were awarded their degrees by the University of Oxford upon successful completion of their course. It has one hall of residence: Harcourt Hill Hall.

The 'campus' was purpose-built for the College's move from London to Oxford in the 1950s and was leased to Brookes by the Methodist Church. The College lives on in the Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University, which is the school responsible for those subjects taught at the Harcourt Hill Campus by Brookes.

Future plans

Oxford Brookes is currently redeveloping its campuses in cooperation with Design Engine architects (architects of the British Embassy at Sana'a, Yemen and University Centre, Winchester). Plans include a New Student Centre Building acting as a core for the Gipsy Lane Campus and extension to the Abercrombie building for the School of the Built Environment. These are two examples of an ambitious "masterplan" that promises to revamp the entire campus.[27] However, the proposals were vigourously opposed by local residents in 2009 when presented the the local planning committee, with many undesirable aspects of the large student population in Oxford being discussed.

Student Halls

There are currently 9 Student halls of which 4 of them are in Headington Campus, 1 in Harcourt Hill Campus, 1 in Wheatley Campus and 3 more halls around Headington. The halls are as follows:

Cheney Student Village

Next to Headington Campus. 750 en suite rooms, arranged in flats of five or six bedrooms with shared kitchen / living / dining rooms.

Clive Booth Hall, Ensuite

500 yards from Headington Campus. 792 en suite rooms arranged in flats of five or six bedrooms with shared kitchen / living / dining rooms.

Clive Booth Hall, Post Graduate Centre

500 yards from Headington Campus 249 en suite rooms arranged in flats of 3, 4, 5 or 6 with shared kitchens.

Clive Booth Hall, Non-Ensuite

500 yards from Headington Campus. 455 single study-bedrooms arranged in flats of five or six with shared kitchens and bathrooms.

Crescent Hall

1.75 miles from Headington Campus. 306 single study-bedrooms, each with a hand basin, arranged in flats of 6 or 7 with shared kitchens and bathrooms.

Harcourt Hill Hall

Harcourt Hill Campus 264 single study-bedrooms, with shared kitchens and bathrooms allocated to groups of 11.

Lady Spencer Churchill Hall

Wheatley Campus. 162 single study-bedrooms accommodated in four blocks.

Paul Kent Hall

1.5 miles from Headington Campus 242 single study-bedrooms, most en suite, with shared kitchens allocated to groups of six to nine.

Warneford Hall

250 yards from Headington Campus. 249 single study-bedrooms, each with hand basin, with shared kitchens and showers allocated to groups of six (occasionally three or five).

Academic reputation

Oxford Brookes University has earned recognition for quality in architecture,[28] art, economics, computer science, automotive/motorsports engineering, history,[29] modern languages and publishing.[citation needed] The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is one of several programmes at Brookes that has expanded the university's reputation abroad.

The Department of Architecture is one of the largest in Britain and is consistently ranked in the top five schools in the UK.[30] In the most recent 2008 survey by the Architect's Journal it was ranked fourth overall.[31]

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, land and property programmes at Oxford Brookes University were placed second in the UK in The Times Good University Guide League Table for 2005. The Department of Real Estate and Construction was assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency in 1998 and was awarded the excellent mark of 23 out of 24.[32]

Long regarded as a poor relation to its venerable neighbour, Oxford Brookes obtained a higher rating (5*) for its history department than Oxford University (5), in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.[6][29]

Oxford Brookes has been named as the leading modern university in the UK four years running from 1996 to 1999,[6] and 7 times in the first 10 years of the Sunday Times annual ratings.[6][33]

UK University Rankings
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Times Good University Guide 55th[34] 49th[34] 54th[35] 53rd 51st[36] 48th= 51st 48th[37] 52nd 52nd 53rd 51st= 56th 57th= 57th= 67th= 66th=
Guardian University Guide 57th[38] 53rd[38] 55th 54th[39] 51st[40] 26th[41] 24th[37][42]
Sunday Times University Guide 53rd[34] 53rd[43] 54th=[44] 53rd[44] 53rd[43] 53rd[43] 55th[43] 56th[43] 53rd[43] 54th[43] 54th[43]
Independent / Complete 59th[45] 53rd[45]
Daily Telegraph 53rd[46] 31st
FT 53rd[47] 60th[48] 59th[49] 59th[50]



Andrew Melville, ex Wales International captain and Fulham Football Club centre back is currently head coach for Oxford Brookes University Football Club 1st XI.[citation needed]


Oxford Brookes Rowing Club currently has eight student and four alumni Olympic / World medalists at varying levels. The men’s group contains eight Great Britain under-23 international athletes, and 15 athletes with Great Britain junior international experience. The club boasts 18 wins in 17 years at Henley Royal Regatta, most recently in 2009. The university boathouse is located at Cholsey, near Wallingford, a land-based rowing facility situated at the Centre for Sport at Headington Campus.[citation needed]

Boxing Although Oxford Brookes Amateur Boxing club is under two years old, with full capacity at every training session.[citation needed]


The University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes combine the best cricket players to make up the Oxford Universities Centre of Cricket Excellence (UCCE)[51].


The men's team has repeatedly reached the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) Final Eight Championship Finals. This success has led to the entry of a men's team into England Basketball's National League. Our ladies' team plays in BUSA and the Buckinghamshire and Oxford Local League. The former Great Britain captain, Ken Walton, is the head of basketball coaching at Oxford Brookes.[citation needed]

Climbing/Outdoor Pursuits

Brookes is well known for its climbing wall and lead tower which combine the excitement of rock climbing with a safe indoor environment. There are weekend climbing trips in the UK throughout the year and overseas trips to the French Alps and the Pyrenees.[citation needed]


Oxford Brookes Hockey Club is the largest sports club at Brookes and currently runs four men’s and four women’s teams in the BUSA leagues, as well as mixed teams that play locally at weekends. The men’s first team plays in the Midlands Premier Division and are BUSA shield winners. The club has a full-time experienced coach who runs weekly training for all teams and additional fitness and skills sessions. Although the club does not play League Hockey at weekends, Brookes has close links with local clubs offering opportunities up to National League premier level, and many Brookes players take advantage of this.[citation needed]


Brookes Rugby shares ground and clubhouse facilities with Oxford Harlequins and Oxford Rugby Club. Students play competitive rugby with three men’s and one women’s team entered into the BUSA leagues. The men’s first XV plays in the BUSA Premier League South B. September 2008 saw the birth of the Brookes Bulls Rugby League team, winningthe BUSA Rugby League South title. The Bulls remain unbeaten in competitive action since their inception.[citation needed]

Global partnership

Oxford Brookes University's partnership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) allows ACCA students to earn a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting with the submission of a Research & Analysis project work while taking their ACCA examinations .

Tsinghua University will recognise the Oxford Brookes University BSc Applied Accounting degree, which has been successfully developed in conjunction with ACCA and which enables students who have completed two parts of the ACCA qualification to apply for the Oxford Brookes degree.[52]

Munich Business School is the German partner institution of the university.

The University is also in partnership with the Budapest (Hungary) based institution of International Business School (Budapest) (Nemzetközi Üzleti Főiskola). IBS students can attend courses which, besides the Hungarian degree also provides OBU BA degrees in different subjects, such as Marketing, Communications, etc.[53]

The University is also affiliated with Nilai University College in Malaysia. Affiliated subjects are computing, accounting & finance, business management, marketing management and hospitality management. All the subjects mentioned above are 3+0 programs.

Notable alumni


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