About Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University


Oxford Brookes University is a new university in Oxford, England. It can trace its origins to 1865 when the former Oxford School of Art was established. The university was renamed in 1992 to honour its former principal, John Brookes. The university’s School of Architecture is one of the largest in Britain.

In 2014 it was ranked 379th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings but is not included inTimes Higher Education’s list of the top 400 universities in the world. Oxford Brookes is the sixth largest employer in Oxfordshire, providing over 2,800 jobs across the university.

With an international reputation for innovation, high quality education and research, and global relationships Oxford Brookes University ‘s commitment to excellent teaching and providing a great student experience has been widely recognised. The University is still at the top of the Modern University list published by The Times as part the Good University Guide 2014.

The Times states that Oxford Brookes is “firmly established as England‟s leading post-1992 University” and is 50th in a table of UK Higher Education Institutions. This has afforded Oxford Brookes “a level of competition not unlike that at some Russell Group universities”.


Oxford Brookes started in 1865 as the Oxford School of Art, located in a single room on the ground floor of the Taylor Institution at St. Giles. In 1870 the School of Science was added and in 1891, under the administration of the City Council’s Technical Instruction Committee, it was renamed the Oxford City Technical School, incorporating the School of Art, which remained distinct. Plans were made to relocate to the former Blue Coat School for Boys on St. Ebbes.

In 1934 the School of Art and the Technical School were merged, and John Henry Brookes, Head of the School of Art and Vice Principal of the Technical School, was appointed the first principal of the merged institution. By 1950 the college had 4,000 students. A new campus was built on a site offered by the local Morrell brewing family. Renamed “Oxford College of Technology”, it opened on the new site in 1956. Its first residence hall was established in 1960 and the college relocated to Headington in 1963.

In 1970, it became Oxford Polytechnic, and in 1992, following enactment of the Further and Higher Education Act, it became Oxford Brookes University, the only one of the new universities to be named after its founder.

In October 2003 Oxford Brookes University became the first university in the world to be awarded Fairtrade status.

In 2007 Graham Upton retired as Vice-Chancellor and his successor, Professor Janet Beer, was inaugurated in September. In July 2008 Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, replaced Jon Snow as Chancellor of the university.


Oxford Brookes University has three main campuses and a fourth in Swindon.

The Headington campus is in a residential area of Oxford. It consists of the Gipsy Lane site, which is the main teaching site, the Marston Road site, which houses the school of Health and Social Care, and the Headington Hill site across the road from Gipsy Lane, where the Students’ Union, the School of Law, the School of Arts, the Drama Studio and main halls of residence are located. It has six halls of residence: Crescent Hall, Cheney Student Village, Clive Booth Hall, Clive Booth Non-Ensuite (formerly Morrell Hall), Warneford Hall and Paul Kent Hall.

The Wheatley campus is near Wheatley in the Oxfordshire countryside, seven miles south-east of the city centre, and is where business, IT, mathematics and engineering are taught.

The Harcourt Hill campus is situated on Harcourt Hill on Oxford’s western perimeter, two and a half miles from the city centre. Education, Philosophy, Religion, Theology, Media and Communication, and many other subjects are taught here. It has two halls of residence: Harcourt Hill Hall and Westminster Hall. A regular devoted bus service links the campus to other campuses at Headington and Wheatley.

The campus was formerly the site of Westminster College, Oxford, an independent Methodist higher education institution which specialised in teacher training and theology. The campus was leased to Brookes by the Methodist Church, and Westminster College became the Westminster Institute of Education of Oxford Brookes University, located at the Harcourt Hill campus.

The Ferndale campus is in Swindon, about 30 miles (48 km) south-west of Oxford. Adult Nursing, Operating Department Practice (ODP) and a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are taught there. It has its own Osteopathic training clinic on-site offering services to staff, students and the public.


Oxford Brookes University’s partnership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) allows ACCA students to earn a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting with the submission of a research and analysis project work while taking their ACCA examinations.

Tsinghua University will recognise the Oxford Brookes University BSc Applied Accounting degree. This degree has been successfully developed in conjunction with ACCA and enables students who have completed two parts of the ACCA qualification to apply for the Oxford Brookes degree.

Munich Business School is the German partner institution of the university.

The university is also in partnership with the Budapest (Hungary) based institution of International Business School, Budapest (Nemzetközi Üzleti F?iskola). IBS students can attend courses which, besides the Hungarian degree also provides OBU BA degrees in different subjects, such as Marketing, Communications, etc.

The university is also affiliated with Nilai University College in Malaysia. Affiliated subjects are computing, accounting & finance, business management, marketing management and hospitality management. All the subjects mentioned above are 3+0 programs.

Oxford Brookes University ‘s ability to grant awards

Oxford Brookes University is incorporated by Statute pursuant to the Education Reform Act 1988 and was created a University by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. This is the root power for the University‟s ability to grant awards including degrees, diplomas, certificates etc and is subject to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) which in a recent audit awarded it broad confidence‟ in the quality and standard of its awards.

But what does this mean? Well, these powers are granted on the basis of Oxford Brookes University having appropriate procedures for assuring the quality and standards of its awards in both design and operation. Also Oxford Brookes University is subject to the scrutiny of the QAA, the body responsible to the UK Government’s Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills for assuring the quality of UK Higher Education in the public interest. So although you don‟t physically attend Oxford Brookes University to gain the BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Accounting, the degree programme is of the same rigorous standard as other degrees offered by Oxford Brookes University and meets standards set by QAA.

Faculty of Business

The Faculty of Business delivers outstanding teaching, research and enterprise activity in three interrelated areas. As a central part of the University, the Faculty plays a pivotal role in leading on initiatives to deliver the University‟s mission and vision. It is committed to maximising the intellectual, social and economic potential of all individuals and communities it serves.

The School’s reputation has also been recognised through the award of a national, multi-million-pound Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which has developed a new learning centre on campus with the latest technology to support learning in a café-style environment.

In a recent QAA audit of Oxford Brookes University it concluded that it has ‘broad confidence’ (the highest category available) in the quality and standards of its awards.

So by gaining the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, awarded by Oxford Brookes University, you will not only demonstrate to potential or existing employers that you possess all the relevant graduate skills to equip you for a brilliant career in accounting and finance, but that it is from a university that has a reputation for excellence.

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