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Oxford Brookes University

2015 League Table Ranking 48
2015 Overall Score 680
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Entry Standards 361 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.20 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 852 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 4.07 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 590 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 63.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 89.1 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 69.6 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 55.0 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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  • Founded in 1865 as Oxford School of Art.
  • 1970–92 Oxford Polytechnic.
  • Became Oxford Brookes University in 1992.

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.
  • Swindon campus – a small number of Health Care courses.

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

  • The university pioneered the modular system and still offers one of the widest ranges of course combinations in the UK.
  • 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.

Teaching Standards

  • Six National Teaching Fellowship awards in the last four years.
  • Many lecturers bring professional experience to their teaching.
  • High student satisfaction with teaching (87% in the 2012 Student Satisfaction Survey).
  • Industry experts contribute guest lectures and input into the design of many courses.
  • 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

  • RAE (2008) – world leading research in 15 areas, including 25% of History research and 15% of Computer Science and Informatics, Art and Design, History of Art, Architecture and Design, and Music.

Academic Strengths

  • Architecture, Automotive and Motorsport Engineering, Education, Health Care, History, Hospitality and Publishing.

Student Facilities

  • A library on each campus, including specialist subject librarians and collections such as the Booker Prize Archive and a range of hospitality collections.
  • Online personal learning environment (Moodle) – includes wikis, podcasts and digital video.
  • All student accommodation rooms have internet access.
  • Free wi-fi on all campuses.
  • Free email and internet access also available 24/7 in shared facilities.
  • Online database of research and teaching resources (RADAR).
  • Talent Bank – student job centre.
  • University hall accommodation available for more than one year.

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

  • SU Advice Centre gives free advice and information on financial, accommodation, legal and academic concerns.
  • Eighty-five student societies.
  • Student–run annual Human Rights Film Festival.
  • SU Safety Bus ensures you can get home safely.


  • Six sports of excellence: 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
  • Student Rugby League Team of the Year (2011–12).
  • Sporting facilities include gym with cardio workout and CYBEX machines, specialist facilities for wheelchair users, sports hall, floodlit AstroTurf pitches and a swimming pool.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • New main building – the John Henry Brookes Building (including lecture theatres, library, support services and social spaces) opening on Headington Campus in late 2013.
  • New halls of residence at Harcourt Hill and Headington opened in 2012.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • With thriving leisure and tourist industries, Oxford has a lot of part-time work available.

Notable Alumni

  • Steve Ridgway
  • Justin Forsyth
  • Lynn Featherstone MP
  • Jonathan Djanogly MP 
  • George Passmore
  • George Passmore
  • Sian Williams
  • Jay Osgerby

For further information

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

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