Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

It can trace its origins to 1865 when the former Oxford School of Art was established. The university was renamed in 1992 to honor its former principal John Henry Brookes. University’s School of Architecture is one of the largest in Britain.


In 2015 it was ranked 324th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings (122nd for Social Sciences and Management), and is in the 401-500 bracket according to Times Higher Education’s 2015-2016 list of the top 800 universities in the world.


It started in 1865 as the Oxford School of Art and located in a single room on the ground floor of the Taylor Institution at St Giles’, Oxford.

In 1870 the School of Science was added and in 1891, under the administration of the City Council’s Technical Instruction Committee, it was renamed the Oxford City Technical School, incorporating the School of Art, which remained distinct.

In 1934 the School of Art and the Technical School were merged. By 1950 the college had 4,000 students. A new campus was built on a site offered by the local Morrell brewing family. Renamed “Oxford College of Technology”, it opened on the new site in 1956.

In 1970, it became Oxford Polytechnic, and in 1992, it became Oxford Brookes University, the only one of the new universities to be named after its founder.

In October 2003, Oxford Brookes University became the first university in the world to be awarded Fairtrade status.

Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is a public research university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The university was chartered in 1845 and opened in 1849 as “Queen’s College, Belfast”, but has roots going back to 1810 and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

It offers academic degrees at various levels and across a broad subject range, with over 300 degree programmes available.

Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group of leading research intensive universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, Universities Ireland and Universities UK. The university is associated with two Nobel laureates and one Turing Award laureate.

Queen’s University Belfast has its roots in the Belfast Academical Institution, which was founded in 1810. The present university was first chartered as “Queen’s College, Belfast” in 1845.

Rankings and reputation

The Times Higher Education rankings 2015/16 placed Queen’s 200th in world and in 2014 reported it in the top 25 most international universities.

In the 2016 QS World University Rankings Queen’s was ranked 182nd.

In the National Student Survey 2013, Queen’s was ranked 12th in the UK for student satisfaction.

Queen’s is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world according to the 2015-16 QS World University Rankings. They also commended Queen’s for its leadership role in society and its life-changing research. The University is a global player in areas from cancer studies to sustainability, wireless technology to creative writing and from pharmaceuticals to sonic arts. In the same year the university ranked 36th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2016).

The university has also been awarded by the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further & Higher Education on several occasions, including for their work in comprehensive cancer services improving survival rates for patients in Northern

Ireland. Most recently, in 2015, Queen’s was awarded for its work in the field of engineering and technology.


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