Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes is one of the UK's leading modern universities and enjoys 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. Staff have received 11 National Teaching Fellowship awards for outstanding teaching.


In or close to the centre of a town


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

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 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 82%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • 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 services 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 studies to graduate opportunities and internships.

Health services

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

Counselling services

  • Free and confidential one-to-one counselling sessions, 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 student's 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 and 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, which in turn became a university in 1992 under government legislation, honouring its founding Principal, John Henry Brookes, in its new title as Oxford Brookes University.

Fascinating Fact

  • Number 1 university for rowing (British Universities and Colleges Sport 2017)

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sarah Willingham – BBC Dragon's Den entrepreneur and restaurateur.
  • Steve Ridgway CBE – former CEO 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