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.
Oxford Brookes University is one of the top UK universities for graduate employability. It has a steady reputation for preparing students for their future careers while providing vital links with industry, professional organisations, business and the public sector. Postgraduate courses are designed not only to expand and develop knowledge but to be applicable to the real world. And with research and teaching being closely linked, students on both taught programmes and research degrees are set to benefit.
This is a University which understands its students’ needs. Its thriving postgraduate community enjoys a strong support network. An active Students’ Union offers a further level of support and guidance as well as top-class entertainment in its custom built 1,200 capacity venue. Students at the University also enjoy modern campuses, excellent teaching and learning resources and first-rate sports facilities.
The environment is a truly cosmopolitan one with a wealth of opportunities for meeting people from across the globe. But it doesn’t stop there. With an international reputation for innovation Oxford Brookes University continues to develop. A new technology park is the vision for the Wheatley Campus; plans are being developed for a new School of Health Care Building; and upgrading and increasing student accommodation is a priority.
Oxford Brookes University offers a wide range of postgraduate courses in the following areas: 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