Oxford Brookes University
Friday 21 June 2013
Overall ranking: 46th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
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.
Who's the boss? Vice-chancellor Professor Janet Beer who sits on the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute.
Prospectus: 01865 484 848 or order one here.
UCAS code: O66
What you need to know
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.
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.
Added value: A £132m library and teaching building has been built as part of a wider £150m masterplan to improve all their campuses. One section of the new building is open already, with the rest due to open in phases from September and be fully in use by the spring of 2014.
Teaching: Came 49th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.
Research: Placed 66th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: Ranked 56th out of 124 with 64.7 per cent of graduates finding full-time employment.
Any accommodation? Yes. Rooms for almost all first-year students. Prices range between £100.40 to £175 per week depending on facilities.
Cheap to live there? Not really. Private rents are between £80 and £100 per week depending on the area of town you go for.
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.
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.
Bursaries: There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available- check the website.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: The Students' Union runs one of the biggest entertainment venues in Oxford. Five bars across all campuses, with two big club nights 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).
Price of a pint: Oxford isn't the cheapest of places, so expect to pay around £3.50.
Sporting reputation: So, so. Ranked 54th in the current BUCS league.
Notable societies: An active Watersports community and a strong Feminist Society for activism, debate and activities.
Glittering alumni: The late Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors; world rowing champions Steve Williams and Alex Partridge; rugby star Andy Gomersall.
Alternative prospectus: Check out current students' star ratings and reviews of what life at Oxford Brookes is really like on What Uni? here.
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