Oxford Brookes sets out future configuration of Harcourt Hill and Headington campuses

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

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In 2015, Oxford Brookes announced its estate investment plan. This included the withdrawal of teaching and academic activity from the Wheatley Campus and a refurbishment programme for the University’s Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses, representing a £220 million investment over ten years.

Since that announcement, the decision was taken to sell the Wheatley Campus and to better balance the University’s Oxford based activity to create two Oxford campuses with different size and character but with equal status.

We will continue creating student-centred, integrated and sustainable, high quality campus environments.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor

Following a review of academic activity and the relationships between departments’ teaching and research, Oxford Brookes has now set out a new configuration for its Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses. 

A decision has been taken for the University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to be based on the Harcourt Hill Campus to establish a vibrant and collaborative on-campus experience.  

This will bring the Faculty together on a single campus for the first time. This will enable the most closely aligned departments to be co-located, reducing the number of students studying across two campuses and travel between the campuses. The co-location also allows greater collaboration for the Faculty’s academic and research staff. 

And as is the case currently, the Department of Sport and Health Sciences will also be split between Headington and Harcourt to make the best use of both campuses and specialist facilities.

The University’s Headington Campus will house the remaining faculties and departments, including the movement of the academic departments from the Oxford Brookes Business School and Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, which are currently based at  the Wheatley Campus.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Our vision is for two Oxford Brookes campuses of equal status, which provide excellent facilities and spaces to support the delivery of an outstanding student and staff experience. We will continue creating student-centred, integrated and sustainable, high quality campus environments. 

“When we set out our estate investment plan last year, we committed to continued engagement with our students, staff and the wider community. There remains a large amount of planning, discussion and decision making to be done but this latest detail on the future configuration for our Oxford campuses is an important and positive step.”

It is currently expected this new configuration will be in place within five years.

More detailed information, including a set of Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the University’s Space to Think webpages.