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Oxford Brookes University

The roots of Oxford Brookes University can be traced back to the founding of the Oxford School of Art in 1865, which occupied a single room in the Taylor Institution, an academic library. After serving as Oxford Polytechnic for several years, it gained university status in 1992 and took its name from John Henry Brookes, its founding Principal.

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Oxford Brookes University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Oxford Brookes University.

  • Rankings

    The University ranks 70th out of the universities in the UK and 601–800th in the world according to the Times Higher Education 2024 rankings.

  • Employability

    Oxford Brookes is known for its employable graduates and 91.9% of Brookes graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers, 2016).

  • Fees

    Fees for UK and EU students are £9,250 per year with the fees for international students varying dependent on the course, find more details here.

  • Bursaries

    The University has multiple bursaries available for students which meet the qualification criteria. With the bursaries ranging from £1,000 to up to £10,000 per year.


The University has 11 different University-managed halls of residence, with only the Lady Spencer Churchill Hall being catered. Oxford Brookes also has a partnership with 5 other halls of residences that are close to campus.

Students' Union

The union offers a range of services for students; it hosts a number of student societies, a safety bus service, an advice service, and a system of student representatives. In 2012, Oxford Brookes students' union was ranked amongst the worst in the country for student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey (NSS), where only 34% of students claimed to be content with the Students' Union.

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Famous for

The University has produced famous alumni such as: Jeremy Clarkson, former presenter of Top Gear; Shaad Hamid, SEO Consultant; Lynne Featherstone, politician.


Two Oxford Brookes academics have won an award for research into household energy use during lockdown - revealing how energy consumption can be dramatically reduced through the introduction of smart energy systems. Professor Rajat Gupta and Senior Research Fellow Matt Gregg from the Low Carbon Building Research Group at Oxford Brookes University, have won the Best Paper award at the international Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) conference 2020.

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"Oxford sometimes appears a world unto itself: the beautiful buildings complete with dreaming spires are breath taking._ _But, if you really want to enjoy Oxford’s charm and eccentricity then you need to visit the places local students love".

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