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.