Introduction to the University
Oxford Brookes University is one of the top-performing modern universities, occupying a strong position in a number of national and international league tables, and as judged by other measures of achievement.
We are based on several campuses in and around Oxford. The largest campus is in Headington, just outside the city centre. Other campuses are at Wheatley (mainly Engineering and Computing), Marston Road (Health and Social Care), Harcourt Hill (Teacher Education), and in Swindon (Nursing).
Brookes has around 18,000 students studying on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, many of which carry professional accreditation. Many other students are registered on programmes of study leading to Brookes awards through collaborations with partners in the UK and around the world.
As a post-92 university, the majority of our students are following taught programmes of study, and we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching; but we also offer a significant number of postgraduate research studentships in all areas of the University, and have a thriving research environment, which was recognised in the REF2021 in which 97% of research at Oxford Brookes was judged to be internationally recognised, and 70% to be world leading or internationally excellent.
The University’s new Strategy 2035 is shaped around its mission statement that…
“We shape tomorrow through our unique blend of the modern and the traditional, by embracing diversity, seeking out the new, and excelling in education and research”
…and its strategic objectives are structured around four ‘pillars’ of work:
- Education and Enterprise
- Partnerships and Place
- People and Culture
- Research and Innovation
You can find out more about us on the About Oxford Brookes web pages.
The University has a broad portfolio of academic and professionally-accredited programmes, delivered by Departments and Schools organised within four Faculties, as follows:
Oxford Brookes Business School
- PVC/Dean - Prof. Tim Vorley
- Associate Dean Professional Education and Accreditation - Dr Nick Wilton
- Associate Dean Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes - Dr Nicolette Michels
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
- PVC/Dean - Prof. Astrid Schloerscheidt
- Psychology, Health & Professional Development -Maxine Fletcher
- Biological & Medical Sciences - Dr Helen Packer
- Oxford School of Nursing & Midwifery - Prof. Mary Malone/Antti Kivimaki
- Sport, Health Sciences & Social Work - Dr Carolyn Mason
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
- PVC/Dean - Prof. Lucy Mazdon
- English & Modern Languages - Prof. Dan Lea
- History, Philosophy & Culture - Dr Mark Cain
- Social Sciences - Dr Abbey Halcli
- School of Education - Dr Jan Davison-Fischer
- School of Law - Prof. Lucy Vickers
- Institute of Public Care - Fiona Richardson
Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment
- PVC/Dean - Prof. Joe Tah
- School of Architecture - Christina Godiksen
- School of Arts - Prof. Paul Whitty
- School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics - Gordana Collier
- School of Built Environment - Prof. Ramin Keivani
You can find out more about each subject area and the programmes they deliver by visiting the Faculty and Department web pages
The academic faculties are supported by a range of professional support services, organised into what we call ‘Directorates’, as follows:
- Academic & Student Administration (incorporating Strategic Change & Planning)
- Estates & Campus Services
- Finance & Legal Services
- People Directorate (HR)
- IT Services
- Learning Resources
- Marketing, Recruitment & Engagement
The University also works with a range of partner organisations in the UK and around the world to deliver programmes of study which lead to Oxford Brookes awards, and you may be appointed to examine on one of these programmes. Our partnerships operate under various different delivery models, depending on the local context. Most of our UK collaborative arrangements are delivered through our Associate College Partnership arrangements with a range of FE colleges around the region, mainly involving Foundation degree delivery with Bachelor’s degree top-up routes. However, we also have partnerships with a range of specialist organisations and charities to deliver CPD courses for professionals working in fields such as healthcare, humanitarian action and education.