Oxford Brookes University
Tuesday 26 June 2012
Oxford Brookes University
History: Founded in 1865 as a school of Art, it became Oxford Polytechnic in 1970, before gaining university status in 1992. Named after local philanthropist John Henry Brookes
Address: Three campuses: Headington, Harcourt Hill and Wheatley.
Ambience: Suburban. Headington Campus includes Gipsy Lane site - home of the former Tech, on 11 acres of glass and concrete and not as bad as it sounds - and Headington Hill Hall, a Victorian wedding-cake affair housing the students' union, art, publishing and music. HHH has a view onto the dreaming spires. Harcourt Hill overlooks Oxford from its leafy western suburbs, while Wheatley students are in village five miles to the east of the city.
Vital statistics: One of the most highly-rated of the new universities. Around 17,400 students, with 10,500 full-time undergrads. Pleasant campus. Good parties, and plenty of social mix. Divides its academic year into two semesters rather than three terms. Added value: Links with industry, e.g. automotive engineering degree run with the region's motor-racing industry. Free 24-hour e-mail and internet access for all. Well-equipped sports centre at Headington. Big ambitions in six sports: rowing, basketball, climbing, cricket, hockey and rugby.
Easy to get into? Varies. Most courses don't set requirements in UCAS points, with offers generally ranging betwwen BCC and AAB at A-level. Brookes also offers a good range of foundation courses.
Glittering alumni: The late Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors; world rowing champions Steve Williams and Alex Partridge; rugby star Andy Gomersall.
Transport links: Coaches to London stop outside the Headington campus (every 10 minutes at peak times). Coaches also to Heathrow and Gatwick. Train station a bit of a walk - two miles away. Brookes Bus links all campuses, halls of residence and the city centre. Use your bike, but beware of Headington Hill.
Who's the boss? Vice-chancellor Professor Janet Beer.
Teaching: Came 38th out of 116 in the Complete University Guide in 2011.
Research: Came 66th out of 115 in the Research Assessment Excercise in 2011.
Overall ranking: 46th out of 116 in the Complete University Guide.
Nightlife: The students' union runs one of the biggest entertainment venues in Oxford. Five bars across all campuses, with two big clubnights a week and a variety of smaller student-led events. The 02 Academy hosts high-calibre live music events. Cheap 'night owl' bus travel available to London (service runs 24 hours on Friday and Saturday nights; there's a stop outside the Headington campus).
How green is it? Good - came 15th out of 145 universities graded by People and Planet for their 'Green League 2012' - a marked improvement on coming 30th in 2011.
Any accommodation? Yes. Rooms for almost all first-year students. Prices range between £117 and £180 per week, depending on facilities.
Cheap to live there? Not really. Private rents were between £80 and £100 per week in 2011.
Fees: Tuition fees vary from course to course but are around the £9,000 a year mark for UK and EU students. For overseas (non-EU)students, the course fee per year is £11,000 unless your course is specified otherwise (check on the website).
Bursaries: There are scholarships and bursaries available, check the website.
Prospectus: 01865 484 848 / www.brookes.ac.uk
UCAS code: O66
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