In 1865, the Oxford School of Art was founded, situated in a room on the ground level of the Taylor Institution at St. Gilles. Later, in 1870 a School of Science was added. The Technical Instruction Committee decided in 1891 to rename it as the Oxford City Technical School, while the Oxford School of Art remained as a separate unit.
Both schools merged in 1934 and became a single educational institution under the principality of John Henry Brookes. The college had 4,000 students in 1950, and new campuses were built on a new site. The new site brought a new renaming, and in 1956 it was named the Oxford College of Technology. In 1970 it was again renamed as Oxford Polytechnic, and in 1992 it finally became Oxford Brookes University, aptly named by its founder.
The Oxford Brookes University became the first educational institution to be awarded the Fairtrade status in 2003.
The Oxford Brookes University is one of the top universities in the UK. It enjoys a steady and growing reputation for preparing its students for their future careers, all the while enabling important links to the business and public sectors and to professional organizations. The postgraduate education is aimed to delivering expansion on the knowledge and real world application. Here there is equal devotion to the teaching part as well as the research part, so every student gets to benefit from such approach.
The OBU is an educational facility that knows the students’ necessities. The postgraduate program and its student have a very strong and supportive network; the active Student Union enables improved support, guidance and entertainment, all in a modern custom built venue. There is an air of community as well as multicultural sense. The international reputation of OBU only continues to grow, and this is supported by developing new school buildings and accommodations facilities.
The postgraduate courses in the following areas are available at the Oxford Brookes University: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Built Environment, Computing and Information Technology, Education Engineering, Mathematics and Applied Science, Environmental Science and Management, Health Care Studies, Languages Law Natural, Physical and Biological Science, Social Science, Religious Studies, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure.