Oxford Brookes is one of the UK's leading modern universities, with an international reputation for teaching excellence, exciting student life and strong links with local, national and international business and industry. It provides innovative courses with an emphasis on exceptional hands-on learning opportunities as well as theory.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: O66

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%

Where students come from

  • UK 83%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Each campus has a dedicated library for the subject areas taught there, with Headington campus library open 24/7.
  • Academic Liaison Librarians provide training and support for students to access the resources they need in their subject.
  • Oxford Brookes libraries provide 400,000 paper-based journals and books, and over 25,000 online resources.

Student jobs

  • The Careers Service website lists part-time job vacancies, and has links with local employers offering work that can fit around studies.
  • Oxford Brookes itself has opportunities for part-time work on campus, in roles such as student ambassador, barista and library assistant.
  • Oxford is a busy tourist city with a thriving leisure industry, providing a range of part-time work.

Careers advice

  • Oxford Brookes has a dedicated Careers Service offering a range of support including help with job searching, one-to-one consultations, interview advice and employability training. The service offers online guidance and support for those unable to visit in person. 
  • Students also have access to highly regarded work placements through their course.
  • The online portal allows students to search for jobs, from part-time work during their studies to graduate opportunities and internships.

Health services

  • An NHS medical centre is on Headington Campus, with local GP surgeries available for students based at Wheatley and Harcourt Hill campuses.
  • NHS and private dental care is available on Headington Campus at Studental dental practice.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Free and confidential one-to-one counselling sessions are offered, governed by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • Online counselling is available, along with groups and workshops on a range of issues, and self-help resources.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Dyslexia/SpLD service provides dedicated, tailored support for students with disabilities including students with mental health needs.
  • This includes liaising with academic staff about reasonable adjustments for physical and academic access, specialist library services and special exam arrangements; securing suitable accommodation; providing one-to-one study skills support and a mentoring service; and guidance on applying for a Disabled Students' Allowance and gaining access to assistive technology.

Other services and facilities

  • High quality facilities and learning spaces include up-to-date subject specific technologies.
  • Learning support includes Upgrade, a friendly, confidential study advice service offering one-to-one tutorials, group workshops and online resources to help students reach their full academic potential. Personal academic advisers are also assigned to work with students through their studies from beginning to end.

Students' Union

  • Brookes Union exists to improve the university experience of all students enrolled at Oxford Brookes, and act as a voice for students.
  • The union has an independent advice service, providing free, impartial guidance on concerns from academic issues and finance, to finding good accommodation and students' rights as a tenant.
  • The union facilitates over 100 student societies and runs a range of events, as well as coordinating the Safety Bus with student volunteers to safely transport students around the city at night if they're stuck without transport.


  • Oxford Brookes University began life as the Oxford School of Art in 1865, before joining with the School of Science five years later. In 1891, the school was taken over by Oxford City Council's Technical Instruction 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 exerted a powerful influence on the development of the institution. He was committed throughout his life to the goal of making education available to all.
  • In 1970 The Oxford College of Technology became Oxford Polytechnic. On becoming a university in 1992, it honoured John Henry Brookes by adopting the title of Oxford Brookes University.

Fascinating Fact

  • Oxford Brookes University was number one for rowing at the BUCS Regatta 2017 (British Universities and Colleges Sport).

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sarah Willingham – BBC Dragon's Den entrepreneur and restaurateur.
  • Steve Ridgway CBE – former chief executive officer of Virgin Atlantic Airways.
  • Sian Williams – journalist and news presenter.
  • Steve Williams OBE – rower, Olympic double gold medal winner.
  • Ben Hunt-Davis MBE – rower, Olympic gold medallist.
  • George Passmore – artist, one half of Gilbert & George.
  • Jay Osgerby – designer of the 2012 Olympic torch.
  • Adrian Reynard – founder of the renowned Reynard Motorsport.
  • Daniel Battsek - director of Film4.


Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford, OX3 0BP