Oxford Brookes University began life as the Oxford School of Art in 1865, when it occupied one room on the ground floor of the Taylor Institution in the centre of the city. In 1949, a 25-acre site was secured in Headington and Lord Nuffield laid the foundation stone six years later. Brookes referred to the move to Headington as 'setting foot in the Promised Land'.
Over the last 25 years Oxford Brookes has developed a reputation for the outstanding quality of our teaching.
Our teaching is underpinned by excellent research, and we are building even stronger links between course content and research.
Brookes is committed to expanding the taught courses we offer postgraduates.
To expand access to study at Oxford Brookes, we are continually developing our distance learning for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. Nearly 10% of our students currently study wholly or partly through distance learning, and our online-supported MBA has attracted students from over 17 countries.
Having achieved international status in research in the humanities, we are further developing research capacity in the social sciences, computer science, the arts, and in health. Most of our science-based research has direct application in the spheres of biotechnology, medicine, engineering, computing, architecture, construction, agriculture and environmental planning. Business, education, tourism, and hotel and restaurant management are other areas of research strength.
Oxford Brookes has strong partnerships with many leading employers in the area. Our students can carry out work placements in a wide range of local settings like BMW, Microsoft, the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals, and Oxfam, to name just a few.
These work placements give them the opportunity to prove themselves in a graduate level job and to build contacts. Our courses are also often designed together with employers - two examples are Lotus Renault GP and the ambulance service. Most of our courses are also accredited by the relevant professional body, giving students the qualifications they need to succeed in their chosen profession.
We currently offer over 5000 self-catered, single study-bedrooms and 120 studio apartments in our student halls. And if you make us your firm choice we will guarantee a room in one of your five hall choices.
If you’d prefer living in shared housing we have a number of University-managed houses and can also give you advice on finding private accommodation. We also offer shared rooms in University-managed houses for pre-registration students based at our Swindon campus.
Oxford Brookes is based on three campuses in and around Oxford, which all include libraries, 24-hour computer rooms and social spaces, as well as specialist facilities for the subjects studied there. We have one further campus in Swindon.
We're creating spaces to inspire students and further enhance the status of a degree from Oxford Brookes. In February 2014 we opened our brand new award winning John Henry Brookes Building. As well as new learning and social spaces the JHB Building brings together Brookes' support and health services in a convenient one-stop shop: Student Central.
Our wide-ranging facilities, classes, and sports teams provide our students with lots of fun and affordable ways to keep in shape, whatever your level of sport and exercise.
From taking part in our casual Brookes Active initiative, to joining the gym or a sports club, right through to competing at national level in one of our elite clubs, sport at Brookes can take whatever shape you want it to.
Brookes Sport offers modern gyms, Oxfordshire’s premier climbing wall, swimming pool, boathouse, fitness studios, courts, pitches, and much more.
Institutions that currently recognise or accredit our courses include: