Oxford Brookes is committed to building an environment which supports our students, staff and partners to excel. Importantly, our campus spaces need to respond to the evolving needs of the University’s community and the rapidly changing world of education.
We have previously announced our commitment to moving all remaining activity from the Wheatley Campus. Housebuilder Crest Nicholson purchased the Wheatley Campus site from Oxford Brookes in March 2023. The housing developer hopes to begin works at the end of 2024. Users of the Wheatley Campus, local residents and businesses will be kept updated on the works as they develop.
As part of our emerging Oxford Campus Vision, the University’s senior committees have agreed to the principle of moving the small number of Harcourt Hill courses onto the Headington Campus over the coming years too.
The University is still at an early stage with the development of these proposals and the movement of teaching activity currently based at Harcourt Hill will not take place until the start of the 2024/25 academic year at the earliest.
We believe our future Oxford environment will inspire a vibrant, connected and diverse student community to achieve their potential. We look forward to sharing further information once a detailed piece of work has taken place to look at the timescales, sequencing and space requirements required to facilitate the moves.
In June 2022, Oxford Brookes received planning permission for two cutting edge, sustainable buildings on the Headington Hill site which will enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and creative industries activity. The new teaching and workshop buildings will be the new home for the Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment’s activity currently based at Wheatley Campus. Building work for the buildings began in January 2023 and we currently expect both buildings to open their doors in the 2024/25 academic year.
Construction work is now taking place on the redevelopment of Clive Booth Student Village. The project is providing an increased number of high-quality rooms for students within the University’s estate, close to the Headington Campus. This will also help to reduce the number of students living in private rented accommodation and support efforts to manage local housing demand.