Steve Blofield

History of Art, 2016

Steve Blofield

I love my course: it literally is the history of everything – it’s art, architecture, sculpture, print, sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology and theology

Steve Blofield never completed school or achieved any qualifications; however after completing an access to Higher Education course he came to Oxford Brookes for the opportunity to study History of Art.

Before attending Oxford Brookes University I was working as a support worker in substance and alcohol misuse. I never completed school or achieved any qualifications and was placed in the care system as a teenager. I completed 7 short courses at Fircroft College of Education in Birmingham which led to the completion of an Access to Higher Education course.

I chose to study History of Art as a friend informed me that it was ‘The History of Everything’ which resonated!

I came for an interview, arrived early and sampled the atmosphere. It felt comfortable and inviting even though it was an environment I was alien to, as I had never set foot in a university before. I was expecting to be entering a conference room when I arrived at the place of interview and was pleasantly surprised to find myself in the Head of Department’s office for an informal chat with Harry Mount. The location, the ethos, the support I felt that I would get and the welcome I had received from the department head put the seal on my decision from that moment.

I love my course: it literally is the history of everything – it’s art, architecture, sculpture, print, sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology and theology. The freedom to tap into my own interpretation and the numerous selections of genres and subjects to choose from is immense.

Oxford has everything to offer any student, regardless of subject, cultural background, ethnicity, language, religion or lack of religion. It is a university world capital city.

My course has helped me to integrate into an environment I never managed to when I was of school age, and in the future I would like to work with youngsters who have been excluded from mainline education.

Every member of staff connected to my department has had a positive impact on my journey, as have many of my peers. I am currently a student rep and this commitment gives me an insight into a broad range of possibilities as well as an awareness of the challenges I have yet to embrace.