Celebrating our roots in 1865

In 2015 we are celebrating our history, achievements and the future of Oxford Brookes University as we reach our 150th year.

Our academic excellence is underpinned by a history of learning by doing. Our connections and our Oxford roots – starting out as the Oxford School of Art in 1865 – are fundamental to our students’ experiences and our successful future. 

The University takes its name from John Henry Brookes – the founding spirit of the institution. An advocate of connecting education and work, his ethos has been adopted by staff and students throughout the years and continues to underpin our vision today.

In on-going recognition of his contribution, our inspirational new building – the John Henry Brookes Building – has been named in his honour.

From borrowed rooms in the Taylorian Institution Library in the heart of Oxford to a technology school, college, and polytechnic and then in 1992, a university, our history has been defined by our students achieving their potential and a commitment to seeing our graduates well prepared for fulfilling and valuable lives.

We have more than 17,000 total students, of which more than 3,000 are from outside the UK.

We’ve joined with like-minded institutions over the years, whose work with students and their communities has been characterised by a pioneering spirit.

We will continue to focus on enabling our graduates to enrich the communities they work in, all around the world. Join us in celebrating all that we have achieved.