Ouseley studied at the University of Oxford, where he in 1854 as D.Mus. doctorate. From 1855 to 1889 he was professor of music at Oxford. He founded the St. Michael 's College in Tenbury Wells as an institution for the revitalization of the Anglican church music.
Its today largely unknown compositions include liturgical works (services ) for the Anglican church, oratorios, cantatas, organ music and more.