Oxford Brookes University is a public university in Oxford, England. It can trace its origins to 1865, when it was founded as the Oxford School of Art. In 1992 it became a university and was renamed to honour its former principal, & John Henry Brookes.
The university is divided into four faculties: Business, Health and Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Technology, Design and Environment. In 2011, Oxford Brookes University was the sixth largest employer in Oxfordshire.
Oxford Brookes University is nationally ranked 63rd by The Times, 33rd by The Guardian and 51st by The Complete University Guide. In 2018, the QS World University Rankings named it the only UK university on its list of Top 50 universities under 50 years old in the world.
Oxford Brookes University began life as the Oxford School of Art in 1865. It occupied one room on the ground floor of the Taylor Institution in the centre of the city.
Five years later the School of Science was incorporated. Classes in a range of scientific and technical subjects were available. As well as evening classes in the University Museum. In 1891 the School was taken over by the Technical Instruction Committee (part of Oxford City Council), and renamed Oxford City Technical School.
John Henry Brookes became Vice-Principal of the Oxford City Technical School and Head of the School of Art in 1928. Over the next 30 years he worked on the development of the institution. His goal was to make education available to all.
In 1949, the School moves to a 25-acre site in Headington. Brookes referred to the move as 'setting foot in the Promised Land'. Lord Nuffield laid the foundation stone six years later. Over the years there were more merges and name changes. Finally in 1992 it was named Oxford Brookes University.
Today, Oxford Brookes University is a thriving community of staff and students. Committed to helping our students achieve their potential. And to become graduates prepared for fulfilling and valuable lives.
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