Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

John Henry Brookes Scholars 2007

Tuesday, 08 January 2008


Scholarships of £1,000 to £2,500 were awarded to new Home, EU and International taught postgraduate students through the John Henry Brookes Graduate School and International Scholarship schemes.The awards were granted to applicants based on academic excellence.Congratulations to the following students in the School of Social Sciences and Law on their success in receiving an award:

  • Rachel McMullen and Emily Tait (MSc Child Development and Learning)

  • Luigina Liverton and Aparna Subramaniam (MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology)

  • Wanijiku Githuka (LLM International Law)

In previous years, students taking the MSc in Primate Conservation and the MA in International Studies have received awards too.

Emily Tait (MSc in Child Development & Learning) receiving her award certificate from Professor Derek Elsom, Dean of School, November 2007

Comments from the scholars

Luigina LIVERTON - MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology: “The scholarship means a great deal to me...if not for the scholarship it would have been far more difficult for me to come up with the funds to finance my Masters. It means I can dedicate more time to studying, which is a huge help. Also, it makes me feel very appreciated and I think it is a wonderful scheme. Well, I came to Brookes because of a combination of factors, primarily the fact that it was one of the few universities who offered the course I wanted to do, secondly it has a fantastic reputation for quality of research (which is important) and finally because Ilove the city of Oxford itself. So far everything has been great. The course leaders and lecturers have been wonderfully supportive. I was introduced to the course thoroughly and efficiently and was provided with a number of induction tours which made the settling in process a whole lot easier. Everyone on my course is friendly and helpful, and the course content is exactly what I expected and wanted. I'm daunted by the workload, but that's what we're here for I suppose!” 

Rachel McMullen - MSc Child Development and Learning Neuropsychology: “It's very exciting to receive the scholarship – I'm proud to have been awarded it, and thecontribution towards the fees is very significant. In answer to your questions, I decided to cometo Brookes because it is in Oxford and we are established here - I have a young family, solocation was very important to me. Also that I was impressed with the course I did here lastyear - I did the SQC in Psychology. As my main area of interest is child development, itwas also exciting that the new centre for research into child development has opened. So far, I'm really enjoying the course. It is very focused and exactly concerns my area of interest. The staff have all been lovely, very encouraging and lectures have been stimulating. It's been great to meet so many people from overseas with very different experiences of psychology - this makes thelearning experience very rich. The course director and lecturers have been supportive and informative - all good so far.” Aparna SUBRAMANIAM - MSc CognitiveNeuropsychology: “The added attraction was the John Henry Brookes Scholarship.....which I did not expect, because I was not interviewed by the University, and I feel honoured to have been awarded the Scholarship. Thank you Brookes! Over the last few months, after extensive research to find a suitable post-graduate course, I zeroed in on the MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology courseoffered by Oxford Brookes, as my number one choice, because the course offers me exactly what I want, to gain a deeper and comprehensive understanding of the higher processes of the mind. The course also equips me to pursue further research if I wish to. My experience at Brookes has been very good, in terms of learning, interaction with staff and the facilities and activities for students......I’m glad I made the right choice!”