• Brookes is a university committed to externally recognised world-leading research which is translated and disseminated for the benefit of our communities.


    Our Research and Business Development Office (RBDO) supports research activities by aiding the commercialisation of research, protecting intellectual property, and providing research data management facilities. The RBDO also supports and guides academic and research staff through the process of bidding for external funding.

    The University holds the HR Excellence in Research Award, which recognises our commitment to supporting the career development of researchers.

    Research is very highly valued at Oxford Brookes University. There is an ambitious research culture offering a wealth of excellent opportunities including support from senior and experienced colleagues, generous workload planning allocations and training up to and including PhD degrees.

    Shahab Resalti

    New research staff are invited to participate in the ‘First Three Years Programme’ which includes advice and support on bidding for external funding and running research projects.

    Staff are allocated time for research through the workload planning process. There are opportunities to bid for research support for small-scale research projects from the University’s Research Support Fund.

    The research staff mentoring scheme is open to all research-active staff, at any stage in their career, from postdoctoral researcher or research assistant to research professor, and in all subject areas.

    REF Results 2014

    Our recent REF 2014 results are a reflection of the expertise, confidence and hard work of researchers from across the University.

    We can be justly proud that 94% of our research has been judged to be internationally recognised, which compares to 78% in 2008. REF 2014 also found that 59% was judged to be of ‘world leading’ quality or ‘internationally excellent’, compared with 36% in 2008.

    As part of the exercise, Oxford Brookes submitted around 300 researchers, a far greater number than in any previous process. REF 2014 also introduced a particular focus on 'impact' - research that demonstrates wider impact beyond academia.

    Oxford Brookes submitted 44 'impact case studies', which demonstrated specific impact that has been underpinned by excellent research carried out here.

    Our REF results recognise our commitment to developing a thriving research community at Oxford Brookes. That so much of the research at Oxford Brookes has been shown to be internationally significant is testament to the high quality of our researchers.

    Alistair Fitt as Vice Chancellor