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In 2015, Oxford Brookes announced an estate investment plan that included withdrawing teaching and academic activity from the Wheatley Campus and an extensive refurbishment programme including some possible new buildings at Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses.
This programme of improvement represents a £220 million investment over the next ten years. Since that announcement, the decision was taken to sell the Wheatley Campus and to better balance our Oxford-based activity to create two Oxford campuses with different size and character but with equal status.
Following a review of our academic activity and the relationships between departments’ teaching and research, Oxford Brookes has now set out a new configuration for Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses.
The new configuration will see the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences along with part of the Department of Sports and Health Sciences being based at Harcourt Hill Campus establishing a vibrant on-campus experience. Headington Campus will house the remaining faculties and departments, including the academic departments which are currently based at Wheatley Campus. It is currently expected this new configuration will be in place within five years.
Oxford Brookes is planning to move all activity from the Wheatley Campus by 2021/2022, as we announced in January 2015.
The University is now pursuing the sale of the site and currently, selling the site for housing redevelopment is a strong option. Over the coming months we will be working on an outline planning application for South Oxfordshire District Council. As part of this process, we will be consulting with the local community. Workshops are being held with community representatives and further consultation opportunities will soon be announced.
Oxford Brookes is committed to providing the best experience for students and staff throughout our time at Wheatley Campus. A working group is currently finalising plans for a new layout to the campus making use of the best spaces the campus has to offer and creating new spaces specifically for the engineering and computing departments which will continue to be based at Wheatley until 2021/2022.
After this time, the departments of Computing and Communication Technologies and Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and associated faculty staff will be relocated to the Headington Campus.
The University’s Directorate of Human Resources is also currently based at Wheatley Campus and will be relocated as part of this process. The future location of Human Resources has not yet been agreed.
While decisions on the configuration are being led by the University’s academic provision, the location of professional services will also be considered in due course.
In the new configuration, Headington Campus will be home to the faculties of Technology, Design and Environment; the majority of Health and Life Sciences; and the Oxford Brookes Business School.
The Oxford Brookes Business School is expected to move from Wheatley Campus into the fully refurbished Clerici building from September 2017.
The departments of Computing and Communication Technologies and Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are expected to move from Wheatley Campus to the Headington Campus by 2021/2022.
The reprovision of these departments’ specialist facilities will be carefully planned and will incorporate a purpose-built facility to inspire advances in technology and engineering. The project will bring together related courses in professional-standard spaces built to industry specifications, subject to the necessary planning approvals.
The departments of English and Modern Languages; Social Sciences; and School of Law along with history courses will move from the Headington Campus to the redeveloped Harcourt Hill Campus. Current draft timescales envisage these moves taking place in the next three to five years.
And, as is the case currently, the Department of Sport and Health Sciences will be split between Headington and Harcourt Hill to make the best use of both campuses and specialist facilities.
The full list of Headington Campus departments in the new configuration can be found on the frequently asked questions page.
In the new configuration the whole of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be based at Harcourt Hill Campus along with part of the Department of Sport and Health Sciences.
This will bring the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences together on a single campus for the first time. This enables 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.
Currently, the School of Education and Institute of Public Care, along with courses on philosophy and religion, are based at Harcourt Hill. The new configuration will see the departments of English and Modern Languages; Social Sciences; and School of Law, along with history courses, move from Headington Campus. The moves will take place following the completion of a new building, subject to the necessary planning approvals. Current draft timescales envisage these moves taking place in the next three to five years.
Courses in Sports and Exercise Science will also move from Headington to Harcourt Hill Campus as part of the split of the Department of Sport and Health Sciences. This will allow the Department to make the best use of both campuses and specialist facilities.
The full list of Harcourt Hill Campus departments in the new configuration can be found on the frequently asked questions page.