Oxford Brookes University – Faculty of Technology, Design and the EnvironmentBy Asian Correspondent Feb 01, 2013 1:54AM UTC
The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University operates a thriving academic community that has staked its reputation on innovation and excellence. Students are encouraged to take risks, experiment and indulge their academic curiosity. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Oxford Brookes University ranks so highly in terms of student satisfaction, research and graduate destinations.
Oxford Brookes embraces ethical practices on the international stage, a fact that makes the university all the more appealing to students from Asia and abroad. In 2003, it became the first Fairtrade University in the UK. In short, a Fairtrade University is committed to purchasing and promoting fair-trade products and services. Since Oxford Brookes University took up this platform just a few years ago, more than 160 universities and colleges in the UK have come aboard.
The Faculty maintains a diverse portfolio of courses through six distinct schools. Across the board, students benefit from world-class teaching, access to first-rate facilities and powerful industry links that pave the way for dynamic 21st-century careers.
The following six schools and departments operate under the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment:
The School of Arts
School of Arts courses combine traditional academic rigour with practical elements to prepare students for careers in the creative industries. The school operates programmes in Fine Art, Publishing, Music, Film Studies and Foundation Art and Design.
The School of Architecture
One of the largest architecture schools in the UK, the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes has emerged as a world leader. The school’s transdisciplinary approach leaves plenty of room for experimentation and innovation.
The Department of Planning
Oxford Brookes’ Department of Planning is one of Europe’s largest and most diverse. Students explore issues related to planning, historic conservation, urban design, tourism and environment.
The Department of Real Estate and Construction
One of the largest multi-disciplinary built environment schools in the UK, this department addresses the challenges faced by the construction industry and property sector. Graduates are fully versed in the issues surrounding creating, maintaining, managing and investing in the built environment.
The Department of Computing and Communication Technologies
This department conducts world-leading research in the fields of media technology, computer science and communication. State-of-the-art workshops, computer facilities and a media studio round out the offerings.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Oxfordshire is a global hub of the clean automotive industries, and students conducting research at the department’s £9-million facility today are laying the groundwork for industry-defining technological breakthroughs.
International student life
Oxford Brookes University first opened its doors in 1865 and has grown to accommodate a student body of more than 18,000. This UK university is an increasingly popular choice for international students, and it offers programmes that help students from Asia and elsewhere fully integrate into campus life.
International students are welcome to take advantage of summer courses at Oxford Brookes before their regular coursework begins. Offerings include short English language programmes that target specific fields of study. These include classes in university English, IELTS preparation and business English.
International students are also guaranteed a place in one of the university’s residence halls. Halls of residence provide a centrally located base of operations where students can meet other people, establish stronger networks and maximise their cultural exposure and engagement.
Most of the halls are self-catered, in which case residents have their own bedroom, en suite shower and a shared kitchen. The Accommodation Office can also help students set up independent living arrangements at university-managed flats and houses. The Brookes Bus service connects all of the halls of residence to the main campus as well as to key drop-off locations in the town centre.