James Mitchell

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

I studied A level maths, science, ICT and further maths at Princes Risborough 6th form near Aylesbury.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

The location was good for me – a great student city not too far from home, and I thought a degree from Oxford Brookes was within my capabilities and would prove a good addition to my CV.

What do you think of the course now you’re here?

I am good at mathematics and did well during 6th form, so I thought the maths course at Brookes would be challenging, but enjoyable.

How did your scholarship or bursary enhance your experience of the course?

I get a scholarship of £1000 a year in addition to a standard student loan. The scholarship is very useful as it takes some financial burden off me and will help towards course materials and the cost of completing extra modules if I decide to further enhance my learning.

What are your plans for when you’ve completed your course, for work or further study?

I plan to aim for either a Masters degree in Maths or Finance, and/or am hoping to find a job in banking or the financial sector of a business. I feel my degree in Maths from Oxford Brookes will help me achieve these goals.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

I like the fact that the course is both challenging and enjoyable, and that you can choose the modules you want so I don’t have to do anything I find boring or difficult. Brookes operates a rewarding environment both academically and personally, with support from lecturers and student support workers if required. I also think Oxford is a great place to be a student.

What advice do you have for others?

Try your hardest in your first year – it may not count but it is worth working for, especially if planning a placement year. Try and operate a work/life balance but make sure you have enough energy left for 2nd and 3rd year. Take the support the university offers if you need it.

James studied Mathematics BSc (Hons) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Brookes operates a rewarding environment both academically and personally, with support from lecturers and student support workers if required.