David Ingledew

MA History

David Ingledew

Since then, I have taught Economics, History and Politics in a local school, become Head of History, and then decided the time was right to pursue my academic interest in history further

David Ingledew, Head of History at an Oxfordshire comprehensive, is studying part time for a master’s in History. His view of the course? “No pretensions, no snobbery, high academic standards, but open, friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging.”

Although I started out my career in general and mental health nursing, I soon realised my real passion lay elsewhere and I studied my first degree in Economics and History at Oxford Brookes, graduating in 2000.

Since then, I have taught Economics, History and Politics in a local school, become Head of History, and then decided the time was right to pursue my academic interest in history further. I considered that it would be a good route to professional development as well as being a step towards further study.

I was attracted to Oxford Brookes for a number of reasons: firstly, it was local, accessible and the flexibility of the course meant that studying part time would fit in well alongside my existing work and family commitments; secondly, the MA offered a diverse range of modules and the course had an excellent academic rating. The best aspects of the course are most definitely my fellow students, the enthusiasm of the academic staff and the fact that the course itself is really stimulating.

It is a huge plus that Oxford is my home city but I can see why it would attract students from outside the area too: it is a big and a little city all at once as it has lots going on but is small enough to feel warm and cosy. It also has the highest concentration per square mile of excellent pubs than anywhere else in the country! Having access to the Bodleian Library is also a great help with my studies, as is Oxford’s close proximity to both London and Birmingham.

In terms of future plans, I am considering further academic study. I have certainly developed a number of transferable skills during the course which would be useful if I decide to take my studies to the next level: research, writing and presentation skills, as well as the greater expert knowledge that you would expect from a higher degree.

The members of staff that I have worked with on the course have been really excellent. There are no pretensions and there’s no snobbery at Oxford Brookes. The academic standards are high, but in an atmosphere that is open, friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging.