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Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes began as The Oxford School of Art in 1865, and is now ranked among the top 10 universities in the South-East. With campuses at four different locations, in 2003, it became the world’s first university to be awarded fair-trade status.

Recent Developments

In recent years the university has seen major redevelopments including the opening of the £132 million John Henry Brookes Building at the Headington campus. This brings together the library and teaching spaces with student support services and the Students’ Union. The building has won multiple awards including a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Award; three RIBA regional awards; Oxford Preservation Trust Award and the Student Experience category of the 2014 Education Estates Awards.

Reputation 5

Oxford Brookes University has a substantial academic reputation and was ranked among the world’s top institutions in 16 subjects and four subject areas in the QS World University Rankings 2017. It retained its top ten world ranking in the QS Distance Online MBA Ranking 2017 for its MBA programme. It has 10 National Teaching Fellowships from the Higher Education Authority and was among the top 25universities in the UK for teaching quality in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. QS World University Rankings named it the only UK university on its list of Top 50 universities under 50 years old in the world.

Oxford Brookes University’s School of Architecture is one of the largest in Britain, and is consistently ranked in the top five schools in the UK and in the world’s top 50. Brookes’ School of Law is the 16th placed law school in the latest Guardian Good University Guide.

In 2011, Hot courses UK ranked Oxford Brookes University in the top 15 of the most culturally diverse institutions in the UK in July 2016, while in the same year, Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses received a Green Flag Award for the quality of their green spaces for the fifth year in a row.

Headington campus 5

Headington Campus sits one mile east of Oxford city centre and is made up of three sites: Gipsy Lane, Headington Hill and Marston Road. With first rate facilities and award-winning green spaces, it’s an excellent environment for both work and leisure.

The buildings on campus house first-rate academic and leisure facilities including collaborative work spaces, the main University library, several catering outlets and a sports centre. The student support team, based in the John Henry Brookes Building, ensures that students have access to a full range of support and advice services on campus.


Several bus routes connect campuses with the surrounding area and city centre. There are direct train services to Oxford from many UK towns and cities running hourly or half-hourly; and direct coach services from London, running every 10-15 minutes most of the day, and hourly through the night. All drop you off outside Oxford Brookes Headington Campus. Direct coach services to Oxford also run from Birmingham, Coventry, Leeds, London and Sheffield