School of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics

About the School

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (ECM) is a close-knit community of staff and students. With its own dedicated campus in Wheatley, the site is equipped with excellent learning and teaching facilities, including state-of-the-art labs, computer rooms and social learning spaces. The School brings together teaching and research in the following disciplines - engineering, computing and mathematics.

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Research in the School of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics is organised into cross-cutting, interdisciplinary themes. Research is supported by the UK Research Councils and the European Commission, industry and charitable foundations and we have an excellent reputation for knowledge transfer.

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Oxford Brookes Racing

As an award-winning Formula Student team it is our mission to build a mulit-year legacy as a competitive, high quality team.

After a long and successful history of combustion entries in the formula student competition, OBR is making the shift to electric for the 2020 season. With a new team structure and a class 2 project to serve as a R&D platform, OBR aims to develop a platform to not only take on the top FS teams in the world, but to also serve as a test bed of innovation for electric vehicles and controls software.

The concept is based around a 4WD in-hub motor configuration with AMK AC servo motors mated to a compact epicyclic gearbox capable of producing over 300 N-m of torque at each wheel. Energy is supplied from a 600 V, 6.6 kW-hr battery pack using LCO pouch cells with a peak output of over 130 kW. All of this is managed through an open controls platform ideal for implementing torque vectoring and advanced vehicle controls to unleash the full performance potential of an EV competitor.

With the design of the car in full swing and test and manufacture on the horizon, there is an opportunity to be on the forefront of not only performance, but also the industry by gaining both the knowledge and hands on experience working with electric vehicles.

Oxford Brookes Racing

Athena Swan

It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area. Our Faculty has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, representation and career progression in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths). Not only have we taken action to support women in these areas, but have made the commitment to continue to break barriers with:

  • an assessment of where the faculty is regarding gender equality in quantitative (staff and student data) and qualitative (policies, practices, systems and arrangements) terms, identifying both challenges and opportunities,
  • a plan that builds on the assessment, the activities that are already in place and what has been learnt from these,
  • an organisational structure (the self-assessment team) to carry proposed actions forward.
Athena SWAN Bronze award