Oxford Brookes rises again in the latest university guide

Friday, 19 September 2014

Sunday Times 2015 guide

Oxford Brookes’ has improved its league placing in the Times and Sunday Times University Guide for the second year running.

The 2015 guide sees Oxford Brookes climb to 49th which is an improvement of one place from last year.

This year saw the opening of the award-winning John Henry Brookes Building which students have already made their own and satisfaction of those studying at the University continues to grow.

Professor Julie Mcleod, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience

The guide provides rankings for British universities across key areas such as student satisfaction rates, facilities, graduate job prospects, research quality, the student-staff ratio and spending on the library and other student services.

The two newspapers had released separate guides in previous years, but now compile a combined guide.

Based on their combined scores from previous years, Oxford Brookes rose by two places in 2014 and this year’s placing demonstrates the ongoing improvements taking place across the University.

Oxford Brookes is ranked in the top twenty in seven subjects:

  • Physiotherapy (5th)
  • East and South Asian Studies (10th)
  • Town and Country Planning & Landscape (13th)
  • Subjects Allied to Medicine (14th)
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism (14th)
  • Art and Design (18th)
  • Anthropology (20th)

The guide mentions the new grade point average (GPA) system in place at Oxford Brookes, describing the university as having a ‘tradition of innovation’

It goes on to highlight Oxford Brookes’ ‘ground-breaking’ global partnership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, as well as mentioning our exciting 150th anniversary next year in 2015.

Professor Julie Mcleod, who joined the University this month as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, commented: “It is encouraging to see Oxford Brookes continuing to improve in university guides such as these as they are a reflection of the excellent teaching, research and support taking place here.

“This year saw the opening of the award-winning John Henry Brookes Building which students have already made their own and satisfaction of those studying at the University continues to grow.”

The Times and Sunday Times University Guide also mentioned the brand new John Henry Brookes building, noting the change on campus, and it’s recent success as being rated as one of the top 15 new buildings in the UK

Last month, the latest National Student Survey results showed that for the third year in a row, student satisfaction at Oxford Brookes has increased. An impressive 89% of students who responded to the National Student Survey (NSS) agreed with the statement ‘Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course’.

This is up 2% from last year and means that Brookes continues to compare well nationally - the sector average is 86%.

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