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Oxford Brookes University

2016 League Table Ranking 54
2016 Overall Score 650
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Entry Standards 345 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.66 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 885 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.10 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 509 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 66.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 89.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 71.1 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 40.4 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • 1865 founded as Oxford School of Art
  • 1891 became Oxford City Technical School
  • 1928 John Henry Brookes is appointed vice-principal
  • 1956 became Oxford College College of Technology and John Henry Brookes retires
  • 1970 became Oxford Polytechnic
  • 1992 became Oxford Brookes University
  • 2015 celebrates 150th anniversary

Location and Transport

  • Three campuses: Headington (1 mile east of city centre), Wheatley (7 miles east) and Harcourt Hill (2 miles west).
  • Brookes bus service links campuses, halls of residence and city centre.
  • Buses to London from outside Headington campus every ten minutes at peak times; throughout the night at weekends.
  • A small number of Health Care courses are taught in Swindon.

Entry Standards

  • Offers vary from course to course. See individual course information online, where you will also get general information about entry standards at Oxford Brookes for school leavers and mature applicants.

Student Mix

The 17,895 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Most courses run for three years, or four with a sandwich year.
  • Work experience with leading employers is an option on most courses (and compulsory on some).
  • Study abroad options with many courses.
  • Pathway courses for international students, linking English language to academic study.
  • Foundation courses, providing alternative routes into HE.
  • Part-time study is possible on most courses.
  • Some courses have the option of a January start.
  • In some departments courses share a common first year.

Teaching Standards

  • Eight National Teaching Fellowship awards in the last six years.
  • Many of our courses are accredited by the appropriate professional body.
  • Industry experts contribute guest lectures and input into the design of many courses.
  • Lecturers have industry experience in a number of sectors.
  • Every course at Brookes has been designed to develop five core skills: academic literacy, research literacy, critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital literacy, and global citizenship.

Research Standards

  • 94% of research is internationally recognised (REF 2014).
  • Areas that were particularly highly rated include architecture, business and management, English, history, engineering and music.
  • Award-winning researchers in biology and education.
  • Notable recent projects include work on the Mini E, NW Bicester eco town, influencing counter-terrorist policies and understanding Puccini's operas.
  • Vice Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt ranked as one of the UK's top 100 scientists by the Science Council.

Academic Strengths

  • High employability – over 90% of Brookes graduates are in work or further education six months after graduation.
  • Strong links to industry give excellent work placement opportunities/
  • Many lecturers are also leading researchers and include their new research in their teaching.
  • A learning by doing approach that often gets students involved in exciting projects from an early stage.

Student Facilities

  • The John Henry Brookes Building has won a number of awards and accolades since opening in 2014, including the Education Estates award for student experience and the Oxford Preservation Trust award for new buildings, and was midlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
  • A spacious modern library with different areas to suit different learning styles - including quiet working and collaborative working.
  • Online personal learning environment (Moodle) – includes wikis, podcasts and digital video.
    All student accommodation rooms have internet access.
  • Free wi-fi on all campuses.

Disability Services

  • Brookes provides a dedicated support service for students with disabilities including support with physical and academic access, securing suitable accommodation, a mentoring service for mental health needs and guidance on applying for a Disabled Student’s Allowance.

Students' Union

  • Brookes Union represents, advises and informs students – with all services brought together in one place.
  • It provides space and support for over 60 student societies.
  • And of course, runs a student bar.
  • There is also a student–run annual Human Rights Film Festival, and a safety bus to ensure you can get home safely.


  • High level performance in rowing, basketball, climbing, cricket, hockey and rugby.
  • Brookes rowers have won medals at each of the last four Olympics and a new boathouse was recently built by the Thames in South Oxfordshire.
  • Sports facilities on each campus
  • A popular climbing wall.
  • Sporting facilities include gym with cardio workout and CYBEX machines, specialist facilities for wheelchair users, sports hall, floodlit AstroTurf pitches and a swimming pool.
  • Brookes teams compete in BUCS leagues.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The John Henry Brookes Building (including lecture theatres, library, support services, Brookes Union, a range of eateries and social spaces) opened on Headington Campus in early 2014. The Architects' Journal (September 2014) said that it sets "a new standard for UK university buildings".
  • Over £20 million is being invested in redeveloping buildings on Headington Campus for the Business School to move into during 2016–17.
  • Next-generation engineering and computing facilities are also being planned for Headington Campus.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • With thriving leisure and tourist industries, Oxford has a lot of part-time work available.
  • There are some part-time jobs for students on campus.
  • Brookes' career service has links with local employers offering jobs that can fit around your studies.
  • Part-time vacancies are listed on Brookes' careers website.

Careers Guidance

  • One-to-one sessions with a careers consultant.
  • Interview advice.
  • Events and workshops – enabling you to meet employers.
  • E-guidance (particularly useful if you are based off campus – for example when on a work placement).
  • Help with job searching and an extensive vacancies list.
  • Careers support is free to all Brookes students and for three years after you graduate.

Notable Alumni

  • Steve Ridgway (former CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways)
  • Justin Forsyth (Chief Executive of Save the Children)
  • Lynn Featherstone MP
  • Jonathan Djanogly MP
  • George Passmore (artist - one half of Gilbert & George)
  • Sian Williams (television journalist)
  • Jay Osgerby (designer of the 2012 Olympic torch)
  • Steve Williams (rower - double Olympic gold medal winner)

For further information

  • +44 (0)1865 484848
  • Oxford Brookes University
    Gipsy Lane
    OX3 0BP
UCAS Code O66

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