#8 Oxford Brookes University




The University 

Oxford Brookes University has over 150 years of history. We have grown into one of the UK's top modern universities with a local, national and international reputation for teaching and research excellence. Oxford Brookes University has been named one of the top 50 young universities in the world, by the QS World University Rankings 2018 – and is the only UK university to make the list.

Significant investment in our estate has already resulted in multi award-winning facilities and this investment carries on with a £220 million investment over the next 10 years. The entire campus has been redeveloped over the last five years, resulting in a stunning place to work which overlooks the spires of Oxford. 

We are home to 11 National Teaching Fellows - the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching. Our National Teaching Fellows work across a range of subjects from geography and architecture, to business and education. Our academics also take part in innovative schemes which add value to their teaching.

Applications are made through UCAS - further details can be found here



The Boat Club

Oxford Brookes is widely considered the most successful university rowing programme in Europe, with a vast collection of wins at HRR and HWR over the past ten years. BROOKES|Rowing prides itself on giving you the most enjoyable and successful university rowing experience in the world.

The OBUBC Boathouse Complex sits on a stunning 10km stretch of the River Thames in Wallingford, and is classed as one of the best non-tidal stretches of water in the country. Brookes has one of the finest rowing fleets in the world, consisting of Olympic-standard Empacher racing shells for every boat type.

BROOKES|Rowing provides athletes with a unique training environment, where the strength in depth of both the men's and women's squads provides one of the most competitive settings for athletes to develop and realise their potential. 

Head Coach - Henry Bailhache-Webb

Henry Bailhache-Webb has led the club to 14 HRR victories since taking over as Head Coach in 2009. He has coached crews to win at the U23 World Championships and the men's 1st VIII has been unbeaten at BUCS regatta for six years. 


Women's Coach - Richard Chambers

Richard Chambers is our new women's coach, previously coaching Boat Race victories at Cambridge University.  Richard came through the Brookes rowing program which helped develop him to be able to row at three Olympics and coach crews to win medals at U23 World Championships.



  • 34 wins at HRR since 1993
  • Back-to-back winners of the Academic Eight at HWR
  • Has produced more athletes to U23 World Championship level in the last five years than any other university 
  • Unbeaten at HORR since 2015, with 6 boats in the top 20 in 2019
  • State-of-the-art boathouse on one of the best stretches in the UK
  • A fleet of Empacher shells to rival most national teams
  • Dedicated gym on the Headington Campus
  • Team of experienced international-standard coaches
  • Dedicated nutritionist, strength & conditioning coaches and support staff

Scott Durant is a long-time member of the Club:

"Oxford Brookes is without doubt one of the top rowing programs in the world, with athletes winning World and Olympic medals. The facilities and coaching are second to none, and the squad attitude and culture brings out the best in the students. Oxford Brookes made me realise my potential to row at the highest level. In the 10 years that I have been a member of the club, the standard has moved on to another level and continues to go from strength to strength."

Scott has multiple U23 and World Championship medals to his name, but most notably a gold medal in the GB men’s 8+ at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.





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