Oxford Brookes receives good news in The Times Good University Guide 2012

Thursday, 23 June 2011


Oxford Brookes University's commitment to excellent teaching and providing a great student experience has been recognised by The Times as part the Good University Guide 2012 published today (23 June 2011).

Oxford Brookes University's commitment to excellent teaching and providing a great student experience has been recognised by The Times as part the Good University Guide 2012 published today (23 June 2011).

The Times states that Oxford Brookes is 'firmly established as England's leading post-1992 university' and rose three places to reach 48th in a table of UK Higher Education Institutions. This has afforded Oxford Brookes 'a level of competition not unlike that at some Russell Group universities'.

In compiling the Good University Guide, 116 universities are compared on eight well-established measures of importance to the undergraduate experience. They include the views of recent undergraduates, leading academics' verdicts on the quality of research and the success rates of graduates in the employment market.

The quality of courses on offer at Oxford Brookes was recognised by The Times which found that 'the university's location has always been an advantage in student recruitment, but the quality of provision is the real draw'.

The Times also stated that 'its departments feature near the top of The Times rankings for several subjects'. Particular attention was drawn to Ofsted rating Brookes' primary teacher training as outstanding, in addition to the university being 'awarded national centres for hospitality, leisure and tourism, and the teaching of business'.

Recognition was also given to Oxford Brooke's continued improvements as part of the Research Assessment Exercise with 'more than a third of the work judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent… [and] good performances…in history of art and computer science.'

As part Oxford Brookes' commitment to the best possible student experience, The Times commented on the university's strong performance in the 2010 National Student Survey. It points out that, 'molecular biology achieved 100 per cent satisfaction among final-year undergraduates, while publishing, philosophy, media studies, economics and health subjects all reached at least 95 per cent.'

The Times also looked to the positive future in store for Oxford Brookes students by highlighting the new £132-million library and teaching building on the Gipsy Lane campus which will 'provide social learning space that allows students to work together and engage with careers guidance, volunteering opportunities and student support services'.

For more information and the full league table, please visit The Times Good University Guide. (subscription required)