What changed on campus over summer?

Thursday, 17 September 2015

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Over the summer we've been busy refurbishing buildings and have relocated Psychology, the Accommodation Bureau and Oxford Brookes International to name but a few. Read on to find out what’s happened and what's coming up.

Building work

New at the Centre for Sport is an extended climbing wall. You’ll find it outside under a new canopy, constructed to shield you from the elements but allow a cooler, outdoor climbing experience. Find out more about climbing at Brookes Sport Headington.

Oxford Brookes International (OBI) has just returned to the International Centre, with additional academic staff offices and a new ‘Student Zone’ for international students. This refurbishment brings all of OBI together and provides a convenient central space for international student support.

Some of you may have already been sorting out your accommodation and bus passes in Lloyd in July. The Accommodation Bureau and Transport Desk are now based in there, bringing further student services into one central location. In October, the Admissions team will join them. The building will also soon be fitted with the first examples of Oxford Brookes’ new signage – let us know what you think!

Lots of work has been taking place to refurbish facilities for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. On the ground floor of Sinclair building, new staff offices and Psychology labs have opened. It’s also where you’ll now find the faculty office and reception. In Tonge building, the ground floor labs have been refreshed with new benching and fixtures to make space for a Bio-innovation hub.


The prayer and quiet room is now located to the left of the Main Lecture Theatre, on the ground floor of Clerici building. The Academic Office, including exams, graduations and room bookings, has also moved into C1.28 on the first floor of Clerici. In February 2016 they will both move to Buckley, which will be the new home for Wellbeing; with dedicated spaces for counselling, the chaplaincy, Prayer rooms and disability services. Check out the Buckley plans.

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has moved from Buckley into refurbished offices on the first floor of Richard Hamilton, Headington Hill site.

What's next?


Within the next week the Rain Pavilion, a staff and student sculpture on the Piazza, will be completed and activated. Take a moment to enjoy the different sounds of the ‘rain’ falling through the leaves. Later this year we’ll be arranging a viewing event to celebrate this staff and student collaboration.

Soon to begin will be work on the 'Galianos' building on the side of Sinclair. It will be completely refurbished, inside and out, to provide new labs and teaching spaces for the the faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Beginning early next year will be a major refurbishment of the Clerici building and Main Hall. Work is set to take just over a year to complete and will see a new home for the Faculty of Business, 28 new pooled teaching rooms and more social learning areas. The Main Hall will also be transformed into a dividable space, with increased total capacity as part of this project. Clerici, the main Hall and Sinclair will all also be re-clad to modernise the appearance of the campus over 2016.