Oxford Brookes University (O66)
1. Overview of the institution
The institution was founded as the Oxford School of Art in 1865 and became the Oxford Brooks University in 1992.
The University pioneered the modular system of education and offers one of the widest range of course combinations in the UK, including courses with mandatory work experience, study abroad options, Pathway courses for international students, and Foundation courses. With a student population of almost 19000, comprising of 11% international students, Oxford Brooks University has gradually become one of the UK’s most popular academic destinations.
Oxford Brooks is currently implementing a new strategy to build on their strong track record and further enhance their quality teaching, learning and research. The University is striving hard to be advantageous to community, environment, staff, students and suppliers by adopting a holistic approach towards sustainability.
2. Location and facilities
Headington, Wheatley and Harcourt Hill are the three campuses located within a few miles of each other and are serviced by well-developed bus links, which also connects these campuses and halls of residences to the city centre. The location of the university is also blessed with excellent connections to London, with Buses leaving to the Capital every 10 minutes outside the Headington campus.
All campuses provide excellent facilities to ensure a satisfying and enjoyable university experience. These include a well-developed Centre for Sport, Libraries, Computer Services, Medical and Dental care, Meals and Catering, Nursery and Childcare, Shopping and Banking etc.
Libraries that are located on each campus provide an extensive catalogue of books, E-journals, E-books etc. The university encourages its students to improve their statistical, mathematical and general study skills through ‘Upgrade’, which is the University’s confidential study advice service. An online personal learning environment (Moodle) that includes wikis, podcasts and digital video is also supported by Oxford Brooks University.
There is another campus located in Swindon and offers a small number of Health Care courses.
3. Departments/Subject areas
The University specialises in courses related to Architecture, Automotive and Motorsport Engineering, Education, Health Care, History, Hospitality and Publishing. The complete list of departments and schools is shown below:
Faculty of Business
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
Faculty of Humanities
and Social Sciences
The scholarships provided by the UK government and some universities include amenities with respect to lodging and tuition fees. Meritorious students and students belonging to minority communities are given due recognition through these scholarships. Need-based scholarships are also awarded. For more information on the UK scholarships and study modes, you can contact the Chopras Overseas Consultancy.
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For its research excellence and high teaching standards, Oxford Brooks University has received six National Teaching Fellowship awards in the last four years. The quality of teaching at the University was further recognised in 2011 when three university academics were selected as national leaders for learning and teaching by the Higher Education Academy. Other awards are:
48th in the Complete University Guide in UK 2015
39th in The Guardian University Guide in UK 2015
6. Careers: Unique student support
The University is highly regarded for graduate employability and it has achieved this reputation by providing its students with vital links to industries, professional organisations, businesses and the public sector. The University has initiated the Oxford Brooks Graduate Internship Scheme that recruits interns across a wide variety of industry sectors including Video Journalism, Digital Media, Event Management, and Marketing & Brooks Sport. The Careers team at the University organises various events that support students and graduates in building impactful CV’s and cover letters. Alongside encouraging and advertising various volunteering opportunities, they invite numerous employers for talks and sessions, which help in improving the commercial awareness of the attendees. The institution supports a profound alumni network that not only provides a huge resource of opportunities for students and recent graduates but also allows the Brooks community to stay connected for years after they leave the University.