Applications hold up in tough climate

Monday, 30 January 2012

Applications to Oxford Brookes University for September 2012 entry are up on last year.

 Applications made to Oxford Brookes in time for the January 15 deadline were 0.5 per cent up on last year. This bucks the national trend and builds on the large 20 per cent increase in demand for Oxford Brookes places between 2010 and 2011.

The latest figures for Oxford Brookes mean there are now seven applicants for every place.

Professor John Raftery, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Student Experience (pictured), said year-on-year increases in demand were in part due to the university’s academic reputation as well as its ability to produce highly employable graduates.

“We are very pleased by this figure, following last year’s rise of around 20 per cent which was also significantly better than the sector as a whole,” said Prof Raftery.

“We know that students are attracted by our high quality research-informed teaching which leads them to be highly employable graduates and sought after in the jobs market. Through our programmes, graduates achieve a valuable enhancement of their long-term career prospects.”

Following Government withdrawal of teaching funding, Oxford Brookes last year announced it would charge £9,000 fees for its degrees from this year.

“The rise in applications is a positive endorsement of the University’s decision to put investment in the wider student experience at the heart of its fees policy for 2012.

“As a core value of the University, we help those from disadvantaged backgrounds, through a generous financial support package, who may otherwise be excluded access to university programmes.”

With a £3.4million package of scholarships and bursaries plus a rise in the number of Foundation Degrees offered by partner colleges charging fees of £6,000 per year, the University is supporting students from low income homes. Taking all this into account, although the standard fee is £9,000, the average fee at Bookes is just over £8,000 a year.

A new £132 million library and teaching building is due to open in September 2013 which will enhance the experience of students at Oxford Brookes.

“Many of our students tell us that their experiences at Brookes are truly life changing,” added Prof Raftery.