Fiona Doran

Communication, Media and Culture, 2009

Fiona Doran

I settled in quite quickly when I got to Brookes. I was in Clive Booth Halls and I couldn’t really fault the accommodation, it was really nice. When my mum dropped me off she liked the look of it and said she felt that she could leave me there and not worry about me. I went to the inductions, like library tours, fresher’s fair and sports fair as well as the SU nights out so I felt immersed into Brookes’ life quite quickly

Fiona studied Communication Studies at college before coming to Oxford Brookes; now as a graduate of the Communication, Media and Culture course she works as a Digital Account Manager for a number of leading pharmaceutical companies.

I decided to come to Oxford Brookes because it's got a good reputation as a new university, it’s got a great location near London, it was quite near home, and the transport is really good. The city of Oxford was a draw as well; with all the history and museums I couldn't see many reasons not to choose Brookes. I came to an open day and just kind of fell in love with it

What I enjoyed most about my course was learning theory that I could apply to everyday situations. I liked learning about people, how to communicate, and how the media shapes the world that we live in.

I got the chance to go China for a month on a cultural enrichment program in my second year, which was such an amazing experience. It was funded jointly by the British Government and the Chinese Government which was great because I don’t usually have the money to travel past Europe! There were over 100 students from UK universities and we stayed at the University of Zhejiang in their international student dorms and everyone got on really well.

I learned so much about China. We had Mandarin tuition, lectures on Chinese culture, Chinese law, Chinese ethnic minorities and Chinese history. We also had lessons in calligraphy and learned about Chinese art. We were taken on field trips to visit Chinese farmers and a silk factory, a tea plantation, and the Coca Cola factory. Things that I wouldn’t have got the chance to see if I hadn’t gone on this trip.

There is so much to learn on this course. There are a variety of different lecturers with different specialisms who are really enthusiastic and helpful, and Oxford Brookes is a really nice place to study and live for three years.