Studying with an Oxford Brookes partner college

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  • Studying with an Oxford Brookes partner college

    Once enrolled, you become both a student of the college where you are studying and of Oxford Brookes University.

    This means you can enjoy many of the benefits and support services of being a student of Oxford Brookes as well as those of your college.

    There are a number of things to be aware of that help ensure your time as a Brookes student runs smoothly:

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    At a glance

  • 1. your Oxford Brookes email account

    You automatically receive an email account from Oxford Brookes to enable you to access University emails. It is important that you familiarise yourself with this since important information will be sent to you from the University via this channel.

    The system is powered by Google and can be accessed via a computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also download the Google App onto your phone or laptop.

    Getting started

    A step by step guide tells you how to set up and access your account, as well as how to automatically forward emails on to your own personal email address, if you prefer.

    Don’t forget: You will need your student ID card and your unique portal password to hand when you first access your account.

  • 2. your personal information portal

    Equally important is your online personal information portal (PIP) which holds your personal information as well as other details related to your time with Oxford Brookes. Amongst other things it plays a part in the following:

    • enrolment at the start of each academic year
    • accessing library electronic resources
    • requests for attendance/council tax exemption certificates
    • storing contact details
    • registration for graduation

    We recommend that at the start of your studies you familiarise yourself with your PIP. At times during your course you may be required to update your details held on PIP. You can change your password via PIP to something more memorable or personal to you.

    Getting started

    A step by step guide tells you how to set up and access your PIP records.

    If you forget or mislay your password contact the University’s IT Services Team who can assist you with a replacement.

  • 3. student ID card

    You will receive your University ID card once you have enrolled both with the University and your college.

    Remember to keep hold of your Oxford Brookes student ID card as it includes your student number, and without it you may not be able to access some of our resources, especially if you visit us on campus.

  • 4. library resources

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    Oxford Brookes has a wealth of digital resources, and three on-campus libraries all of which are available for your use. Online you will find an electronic library of ejournals, ebooks, databases and more. Your college library will also have its own stock of resources to support your course.

    As an Oxford Brookes student you can also access other university libraries around the country. You’ll usually need your student number to do this, and can find out more information on the library webpages.

    If you wish to visit us on campus, our three libraries at the Headington, Harcourt Hill and Wheatley campuses have long opening hours, including evenings and weekends. Study facilities they offer include:

    • computers and wi-fi
    • chromebooks for loan
    • work spaces for quiet, private study and group work.

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    Top student tip

    “Use the Brookes library as much as you can. It’s very well set up and has a rich set of resources – both online and in print. I often go to the Business library on the Wheatley campus in the evenings when it’s quiet.”

  • 5. study skills

    Whether you are returning to study after a break, or continuing straight on from secondary education, studying at a higher level can seem daunting. However, there is plenty of support and study skill advice on hand to help you make the step up. So don’t be afraid to ask for help.

    At Oxford Brookes there is a wide range of online study advice guides on topics ranging from note-taking, to critical writing, and referencing.

    Your college library will also have its own stock of resources to support your course and college support staff and tutors can give you a great deal of support if you are feeling unsure. And don’t forget to ask your fellow students who can also often help too.

    [The course] taught me an important life lesson – to not be ashamed to ask for help from either staff or fellow students. I was in a very collaborative group of students and we all helped each other out with our work.

    The lecturers are passionate about their topics, and whilst it is a demanding programme, they always make time for students, be it one-to-one tutorials or additional study skills sessions.

    Top student tip

    “My advice to potential students is the importance of organisational skills and time management, planning your time efficiently allows yourself to produce a large amount of quality work as well as allowing sufficient time to overcome obstacles that may arise.”

  • 6. how to raise a concern

    The University and its partner colleges are committed to the delivery of an outstanding student experience. The Brookes charter describes the mutual expectations and responsibilities of the staff and students at Oxford Brookes University.

    If you have a concern or issue you wish to raise we recommend you speak to your college tutor in the first instance. If your concern cannot be addressed informally, your college will have a formal complaints process which you should then follow. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this process, you can find out more about using the University’s complaints process from our student disputes team.