Oxford Brookes University has moved from its former Ferndale Campus, to a new, larger campus at Delta Business Park, Westlea, as part of a £10 million investment over the next decade.
Opening on Monday 22 August, the new campus features a new library, high quality teaching spaces, skills labs, catering facilities and spaces to further support collaboration, research and support for students.
The building is named the Joel Joffe Building after long-time Swindon resident and former human rights lawyer Lord Joel Joffe.
Professor June Girvin, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences said: “We are very excited to open our brand new campus in Swindon ready for the new academic year. Oxford Brookes has enjoyed a home in Swindon since 1999, teaching adult nursing degree and diploma courses at Ferndale with the majority of those graduates going on to work in the local NHS.
“We have developed a strong student community that continues to grow and we wanted a campus to support the quality of our graduates. With demand for healthcare staff increasing, our campus offers greater capacity and better facilities to significantly enhance the learning, teaching and research experiences we can offer students in Swindon.
“I am also very excited to be naming the building after Lord Joel Joffe, whom I know from when I worked in Swindon many years ago. Joel has had an inspirational career campaigning for human rights and social justice and supporting charitable efforts both in Africa and closer to home. These are strong values which are closely aligned with those of the University.”
“He also has a passion for Swindon, both for its heritage and its future, and shares our interest in enhancing the provision of higher education in the town.”
Lord Joffe said: “I am honoured that Oxford Brookes has chosen to name its new Swindon Campus building after me and am very pleased to offer my support to the University. The University already has a strong presence in the town, particularly providing a steady flow of nurses to the Great Western Hospital which provides such excellent care to its patients. This investment by Oxford Brookes demonstrates their continuing commitment to growing and enhancing higher education opportunities for the Swindon community.”
As well as adult nursing and diploma courses, Oxford Brookes offers an Operating Department Practice diploma course and a range of continuing professional development (CPD) courses. For more information visit http://nursing.brookes.ac.uk/
Oxford Brookes offers foundation and degree courses through a partnership with Swindon College, carries out widening participation work with local schools to raise aspirations and is also a co-sponsor of the UTC Swindon.