CAMPUS buildings that were transformed in a £45m scheme have been hailed by a celebrity newsreader as 'inspirational.'

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow visited Headington yesterday to officially unveil the revamped Clerici and Sinclair buildings at Oxford Brookes, and said the facilities now match the institution's 'world-leading' approach to education.

The university is in the midst of a 10-year plan costing £220m, to improve and expand its estate.

The two modernised buildings are located at the Gipsy Lane campus and Clerici is also now home to the new Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall.

Works were completed in the 2017-18 academic year, but the opening ceremony was only held yesterday.

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News anchor and former Oxford Brookes chancellor Mr Snow was joined by students, staff and guests to mark the occasion, then took part in a lecture.

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He said: "It was a great honour to return to Oxford Brookes and officially open its inspirational new spaces. I was immensely proud of my time as Chancellor and every time I return it has been transformed with amazing new buildings.

"I know from experience that Oxford Brookes has a strong international reputation, and the university is now home to campuses which match its world-leading teaching, research and support."

The university's vice-chancellor Alistair Fitt said he was 'delighted' to welcome Mr Snow back for the official opening.

Prof Fitt added: "The three award-winning buildings have been a genuine game changer and on a daily basis people tell me how inspirational the new environments are.

"We have further exciting plans for the future which will undoubtedly benefit current and next generations of students."

The Clerici redevelopment delivered 30 new teaching rooms, a lecture theatre, social learning spaces and the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, which is used for teaching and events such as graduations.

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After being modernised, Clerici became home to the Oxford Brookes Business School.

The improved Sinclair building is home to the faculty of health and life sciences, including teaching and laboratory spaces and an annex where a bio-imaging unit is based, specialising in microscopy research.