Paula Kennelly

MA History of Medicine, 2014

Paula Kennelly

The new library at Oxford Brookes has excellent study facilities, and if there is anything that isn’t available, then MA students can use the Bodleian library in Oxford

Paula Kennelly completed her first degree with the Open University and taught English as Foreign Language in areas as diverse as Siberia and Margate before she came to Brookes to complete her MA.

As a mature student, I was a little worried about going back to university but the academic and support staff couldn’t have been more helpful. The year here developed my writing and research skills, and gave me the opportunity to do things I never would have dreamed of doing, had I not come to study here.

The new library at Oxford Brookes has excellent study facilities, and if there is anything that isn’t available, then MA students can use the Bodleian library in Oxford.

My time here has been full of wonderful memories, incredible people, fascinating research, and has prepared me for further research. I am currently fine tuning my PhD proposal in order to continue my research on mental illness in the nineteenth century.

Aside from my research, Oxford Brookes has opened doors I would never have imagined. During my time at Brookes I worked for the university as a student community warden, I was a student representative on department and faculty committees, and I was also lucky enough to be selected for the University Challenge team, where we have so far reached the quarter finals of the television competition for only the second time in the university’s history. Coming to Oxford Brookes University to study for a MA was one of the best decisions I have ever made.