Oxford Brookes University officially opens “inspirational” new teaching and research spaces

Monday, 08 April 2019

Clerici opening - Jon Snow and Alistair Fitt pull ribbon

Oxford Brookes’ students, staff and visitors have benefitted from significantly improved campuses in recent years and the University formally opened three transformed buildings on Friday (5 April 2019).

The special event recognised the Clerici building, Sinclair building and the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall which first opened their doors in the last academic year and collectively represent £45m in investment.

It was a great honour to return to Oxford Brookes and officially open its inspirational new spaces.

Jon Snow

The buildings were formally opened by Channel 4 News Anchor and former Oxford Brookes Chancellor Jon Snow, who was joined by students, staff and specially invited guests.

The Clerici building has been completely modernised with fantastic new teaching and social spaces and is the new base for the Oxford Brookes Business School.

The Headington site’s home for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is the Sinclair building which includes dynamic new teaching and lab spaces across four floors and an annex where the Bio-imaging Unit is based, specialising in microscopy research.

In addition to holding lectures, the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall hosts a range of important University activities throughout the year, from enrolment to graduation as well as events open to the wider community.

Following the formal opening ceremony for the new buildings, Jon Snow took part in a wide-ranging lecture within the theme The End of Experts? – a reference to the famous quote by Michael Gove in the run up to the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Jon Snow commented: “It was a great honour to return to Oxford Brookes and officially open its inspirational new spaces. I was immensely proud of my time as Chancellor and every time I return it has been transformed with amazing new buildings.

“I know from experience that Oxford Brookes has a strong international reputation and the University is now home to campuses which match its world-leading teaching, research and support.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “We were delighted welcome Jon Snow back to Oxford Brookes to officially open our new spaces. The three award-winning buildings have been a genuine game changer and on a daily basis people tell me how inspirational the new environments are.

“Over a ten-yearperiod, Oxford Brookes is investing £220m in its estate and we have further exciting plans for the future which will undoubtedly benefit our current and next generations of students."

Clerici opening - Katherine Grainger speaking
Clerici opening - staff toasting opening