• We're investing in our estates and creating spaces to inspire. Here you'll find the key milestones in our recent past as our journey to modernise our campuses continues.

    Space to Think Timeline

    • January 2018

      Following a complete refurbishment, the new Clerici, with the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, is fully reopened. A new home to the University's Business School sits alongside flexible teaching spaces and together they provide a refreshed welcome from the east to Headington Campus.

    • September 2017

      The first floor of Sinclair reopens after refurbishment. This follows the opening of the second floor and Annex and signals the completion of the first phase of the transformation of the University's health and life sciences provision at Headington.

    • August 2016

      After 17 years of teaching at the Ferndale site in Swindon, our new campus in the town, the Joel Joffe Building, opens, supporting our flourishing healthcare teaching provision.

    • July 2016

      The Main Hall is demolished, closing the chapter on a generation of events, including Eagles concerts and decades of graduations, which were held there.

    • April 2016

      Work begins on the transformation of Clerici on the Headington Campus, creating brand new teaching and study spaces along with a new home for the Business School.

    • March 2016

      The Buckley building reopens after an extensive refurbishment, becoming the new home of our Wellbeing services and much of the University’s professional services staff.

    • January 2016

      Work begins to create new teaching and research science labs in Sinclair.

    • Summer 2015

      A busy summer: Lloyd and International buildings re-open following remodelling, an extension to the climbing wall is unveiled and a number of student accommodation rooms at Harcourt Hill are refurbished.

    • January 2015

      Our estates investment plan is announced, signalling the start of a £130m investment in our campuses over a ten year period.

    • Summer 2014

      The Colonnade opens, bringing a bank, bookshop and convenience store to the front of Headington Campus.

    • February 2014

      The John Henry Brookes Building opens, the bringing together of a £132m investment. It will receive multiple awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and others, including for student experience.

    • September 2012

      The first students move into the newly completed Westminster Halls, which has a number of notable sustainable features.

    • July 2012

      Extension to the Abercrombie building, the first phase of the John Henry Brookes Building project, opens. It is described as a ‘cathedral of learning’ by then Chancellor, Shami Chakrabarti.

    • January 2011

      Construction of the building to become the John Henry Brookes Building begins on Headington Campus.

    • October 2010

      The John Payne building is opened, marking the start of a new style of building on the Headington Campus.

    • 2007

      The Simon Williams Centre opens at the Wheatley Campus.

    • 2006

      R Block is opened at Wheatley, a brand new, purpose-built home of engineering workshops and labs for research and teaching.

    • 2005

      The Buckley building, a dedicated research centre, is opened at Headington and the Postgraduate Centre is opened at Wheatley.