Our New Building has a Name

Thursday, 24 January 2013


Our new building will be named the John Henry Brookes Building after our spiritual leader.

NLTB Piazza

Following the competition launched last semester to name our new library and teaching building, we have a winner. The landmark new building will be called the John Henry Brookes Building.

Paul Inman, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, chaired the Group tasked with deciding the building’s name. He said ‘We had lots of great suggestions of names for the new building and some weird and wonderful entries too. We wanted to ensure that the name we chose would not date, was relevant to the University and reflected the role and scale of the new building.’

About John Henry Brookes

John Henry Brookes became Vice-Principal of the Oxford City Technical School and Head of the School of Art in 1928 and over the next 30 years he exerted a powerful influence on the development of the institution. He was committed, throughout his life, to the goal of making education available to all.
When the then College of Technology, Art and Commerce was in real need of new, dedicated premises, it was John Henry Brookes who negotiated the purchase of the Headington site and who secured the City Council’s approval to subsequent development plans.
Given our spiritual founder’s link to the Headington campus, it feels fitting to name the new building in his honour.
For more information on the history of Oxford Brookes click here.

The competition winner

Over 150 staff, students and alumni entered the competition, often offering several suggestions. The naming competition had several entries suggesting John Henry Brookes’ name. The lucky winner of an iPad3, selected at random from the winning suggestions, is Sue Austin.