Awards and rankings

  • Sunday Times University Guide

    Brookes has been named the best modern university in England by the Sunday Times University Guidefor the 12th year running.

    Down the years, the Guide has repeatedly praised Brookes for the quality of its teaching which no other modern university and few older institutions can match. The Sunday Times' University Guide is one of the most respected league tables and looks at the performance of universities across the UK in fields like teaching, research, student satisfaction and graduate employment prospects.

    The Sunday Times 2012 Guide commented on "the excellence of [Brookes'] teaching and research", while our SU President noted our "great campus atmosphere."

    The previous year's guide stated: "At the heart of Brookes' success is the excellent teaching on offer. A Russell Group-equalling 24 subjects were rated excellent."More than three-quarters of all research is rated as internationally recognised, with history (25%), history of art, computer science, art and design and music (all 15%) having the most world-leading research submissions.

    The Times Good University Guide

    Brookes also performs consistently well in the Times Good University Guide. The Times league tables analyse a range of data including student satisfaction, graduate employment and completion rate. Consistently ranked as the UK's best new university in the guide, Oxford Brookes is now overtaking 'old universities'.

    Key indicators from The Times league table show:

    • Oxford Brookes ranks highly for graduate employment (this places Brookes ahead of many Russell Group universities including Birmingham and Leeds)

    • Oxford Brookes has strong student satisfaction ratings.  

    Complete University Guide

    The 2013 Complete University Guide found Oxford Brookes to be the highest ranking modern university. 

    Queen's Anniversary Prizes

    Two Queen's Anniversary Prizes have been awarded to Oxford Brookes. The prize recognises and honours outstanding achievement and excellence in UK universities and colleges.

    A Master's programme run by The Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) and an MSc in primate conservation have both been recognised for their world-class work.

    Across the world more than 25% of primate species are endangered. Brookes trains between 30 and 40 students each year to prepare them for a career in conservation to reverse the devastating loss of species.

    CENDEP was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2001.

    The Centre's integrated programme of education for humanitarian, human rights and development practice was recognised for its ' reputation for pioneering education and training for humanitarian aid workers. Combining innovative practice-based study with a multi-disciplinary academic approach, its unique emphasis on educating humanitarian practitioners for work in war, political violence and disaster is a model for others.'

    Investors in People


    Investors in PeopleOxford Brookes University has become one of the first universities, as a whole, to be awarded the IiP Gold standard award.

    IiP is a UK wide quality standard which shows commitment to the learning and development of the organisations employees and best practice in people management.

    Athena SWAN Award

    Oxford Brookes University is committed to promoting equality for women in academia. In 2012 we signed up to the Athena SWAN charter for women in science. And in 2013 Brookes was recognised with a bronze Athena SWAN award. Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network), is a UK programme that celebrates recognition and commitment to advancing women’s careers in Science, Technology, engineering, maths and medicine in Higher Education and research. Find out more about the award on the Athena SWAN website.