Harcourt Hill Campus

The Harcourt Hill campus is home to the School of Education

The Refectory

The refectory is the main eating venue at the campus and is a vibrant, bright and relaxing place to study, meet friends, or grab a bite to eat. Both hot and cold food and drinks are served here all day, including vegetarian and vegan options.

Computer Rooms

Over 100 networked PCs are available for use at Harcourt Hill and over 1,000 across the University. These computers offer many general programmes and a wide range of specialist applications. One computer room is available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The campus has full WiFi coverage for students and fifty netbooks for classroom use. If any extra assistance is needed, the ICT Help Desk is open during semester times.

The Library

Supporting all students studying at Harcourt Hill, the library has over 100,00 printed books and multimedia resources and more than 200 current printed journals, plus a large collection of online resources including over 250 electronic books and 2000 electronic journals. Specialist Subject Librarians provide help and training for students in finding information, using online resources, and research skills. Students can also access the Wheatley Library, as well as the large multi-disciplinary library at Headington, which is housed in the brand new John Henry Brookes Building.

Brookes Union

The services of Brookes Union are integral to student life at university. The Union are now based in Union Square in the new John Henry Brookes Building, a specialised area that is purpose built for the needs of the Union, and that is available for all students to use. At Harcourt Hill, the Brookes Union café/bar, Westminster Square, is open daily and provides a social hub and space for evening entertainment. The Brookes Union run a Safety Bus service that runs to and from Harcourt Hill and offers students a lift home at night.

Accommodation

Westminster Hall is a new mixed hall of residence for over 350 students. There are 262 self-catered, en suite rooms in flats of 5 or 6 people sharing a kitchen/lounge. There are also 50 self-contained studio apartments for individuals/couples. A limited number of rooms are adapted for use by students with disabilities. The price includes utility costs, internet access, a bus pass and basic possessions insurance. A laundry room is available on-site.

The Chapel

The Westminster chapel is at the centre of the campus and is open to all students, staff and members of the public. It seats up to 350 people, has a lively, diverse and ecumenical programme of worship and contains a multi faith prayer room. Events such as art exhibitions and the Christmas carol service are held in the chapel.

Brookes Sport Botley

The recently refurbished Sports Centre boasts a wide range of facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, a sports hall with fitness classes, a 55-station fitness suite, tennis and squash courts, six full-sized grass football and rugby pitches, a nine hole Par 3 golf course and a physiotherapy clinic. Wheelchair friendly equipment is also available. A new bar and social area has recently opened in the Sports Centre. Students are offered discounted membership rates.

Travelling by bus

Oxford Brookes University’s main three campuses are all serviced by the U1 bus. The U1 route passes by Oxford’s railway station, the city centre, and both Headington and Wheatley Campuses. All students who live in halls of residence receive a free bus pass for the year. The U1 is available during both semester and vacation periods.

Car Parking

Whilst living in Halls, it is a condition of residency that you are not able to keep or use a car in Oxford. BA Primary Teacher Education and PGCE students who request Westminster Halls are exempt from this rule.

Student Support

In addition to the facilities based at Harcourt Hill many of the University’s student support services are also available on campus:

We have a Student Support Coordinator based full time at Harcourt Hill who is available to advise all School of Education students. He provides confidential academic and pastoral support to students across the campus, and can help with anything from academic advice, such as helping you choose your modules, through to any personal issues you may experience. If he doesn’t know the answer to your question, he will know someone who will. All Student Support Coordinators across the university offer a confidential and non-judgmental service.

  • Student Central can provide you with support for any aspect of the administration of your undergraduate course. It is based in the John Henry Brookes building at the Gipsy Lane Campus. However, a member of the Student Central team is available for a drop-in session at Harcourt Hill every Tuesday during semester time from 09:30–12:00.
  • Counselling Service – appointments with one of the University’s counselling team can be arranged at Harcourt Hill. They can help you if there is anything that is causing you distress, whether the problem is your own or if you are worried about a friend. They offer individual counselling sessions as well as group workshops and online counselling.
  • Disability/Dyslexia Service – appointments with one of the University’s Disability/Dyslexia team can be arranged at Harcourt Hill on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout semesters. They provide support and advice to students with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties.
  • Upgrade Study Advice is a confidential, one-to-one study advice service which is available to any student who feels that they need support with planning or writing essays, assignments or dissertations. They can also help you with anything to do with maths or statistics. Upgrade holds dedicated sessions at Harcourt Hill throughout semesters. You can either go along to one of their drop-in sessions or you can arrange a 30-minute appointment with them.