Gabrielle Westhead

Communication, Media and Culture, 2014

Gabrielle Westhead

There is a huge availability of choice that comes with studying Communication, Media and Culture. You can study everything from gender and sexuality to branding, and even cross into other courses that teach different yet relevant modules. The course is diverse and interesting and, whilst the support of the academic staff is excellent

Throughout my schooling I have always considered myself academic and creative, meaning that when it came to choosing a university degree I needed something that would allow me to make best use of my skills. I looked up media courses at Oxford Brookes and found that the Communication, Media and Culture course was perfect for me and the areas of interests that I wanted to expand upon.

There is a huge availability of choice that comes with studying Communication, Media and Culture. You can study everything from gender and sexuality to branding, and even cross into other courses that teach different yet relevant modules. The course is diverse and interesting and, whilst the support of the academic staff is excellent, you are also given the opportunity to be individual and responsible for your own learning. I enjoy both sides of this learning experience, and I know I always have the support of my academic advisor who is always on hand to give me a few words of wisdom and encouraging advice in my times of need.

Communication, Media and Culture has allowed me to challenge my assumptions and what I perceive as normal in the world around me, as well as cultivating my communication skills and my ability to research and construct original thoughts. The communication skills learned are something that all employers look for, and the course has really helped me to improve these.

The city of Oxford is an especially perfect place to live for someone studying Communication, Media and Culture. It is a city rich in history, heritage and culture, yet it still has a buzz of modernity and multiculturalism to it. It is a city that someone studying culture can really immerse themselves in.

I have been able to enjoy a wide range of opportunities and experiences at this university, from writing for the student newspaper to being secretary of the Brookes TV channel. I have tried to contribute to Oxford Brookes as much as possible in order to enable other students to get their voices heard and help improve the learning experience that the university offers. The highlight of my experiences at Brookes was a recent Erasmus internship in Latvia that I wouldn’t have ever heard about had it not been for my academic advisor. I was able to go abroad for the first time, write internationally at a young age, network with international friends and most of all create some unforgettable memories. I owe all of these experiences to the offers I was given as a student of Oxford Brookes, and I believe that every opportunity given to you at Brookes is worth taking!