Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

OSN+M Student Profiles

    • Student studying in the John Henry Brookes Building

      Student Profiles

      Find out what it's like to study at OSN+M from those who know best.

  • Thinking about taking the next step in healthcare with the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery?

    People choose to study at Oxford Brookes because:

    • We have an excellent, growing reputation. We continue to rise up the league tables for Nursing and Midwifery.
    • Our teaching and research staff are first rate. Times Higher Education placed us as the best young university for Teaching and Research in 2018.
    • Oxford is a wonderful city to study in, with first class education facilities and a lively social scene.

    But don't just listen to us. Check below to see what our students love about studying here in their own words.

  • Guy Curry

    Guy Curry

    Mental Health Nursing

    You’ll work hard and it can be testing, but it’s also rewarding beyond measure.

    After researching a number of options, mental health nursing appealed to my interests; it allowed me to continue working alongside others and develop my skills within a healthcare role.

    Oxford Brookes was my first choice; it has a brilliant reputation for health and social care and I knew it would push me academically. The collaborative partnerships Oxford Brookes has with reputable medical centres offers great opportunities for students to work with experienced and highly qualified professionals.

    Oxford Brookes has vibrant and fun social life and there’s something for everyone, whether you want to throw yourself into the societies and clubs, relax and have a few drinks with friends, or join in with their famous sporting traditions. I’ve taken advantage of the sporting facilities available and have been impressed with the quality for the price of membership.

    I would enthusiastically recommend the course to others – you’ll work hard and it can be testing, but it’s also rewarding beyond measure.

    Stephanie Hutchison

    Stephanie Hutchison

    Mental Health Nursing

    I chose Oxford Brookes due to its fantastic teaching facilities and close links to local hospitals such as the John Radcliffe.

    I enjoy the clinical skills days, where we are able to be more hands on and practice within a safe environment. I also enjoy the seminars, where we discuss ideas amongst our peers and gain one-to-one time with the seminar leader.

    The facilities are very good, the library at Headington campus is amazing! It covers over six floors and has got everything you need. The librarians are very helpful if you need anything and it is open 24/7 in semester time. You can also access all the electronic journals and books from home too.

    I am due to start placement in November and I am very excited about learning new skills. My first placement is in an area of mental health that I hope to work in once I complete university.

    Charlotte Jones

    Charlotte Jones

    Children’s Nursing

    Oxford is a great student city, with the John Radcliffe hospital nearby, great placement opportunities and a good nightlife.

    I’ve learned a variety of essential nursing skills in the skills labs at Brookes, which are functional and well equipped, preparing us for practice. The John Henry Brookes building has a great, modern library and study facilities.

    So far I have really enjoyed all of my placements, which have mainly been at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital. I feel as though I have had a great and varied experience; everyone on the course experiences surgical nursing, medical nursing, and a variety of community settings.

    The course staff have organised for representatives from hospitals around the UK to come and talk to us about job opportunities. As third year students we have mock interviews with the lecturers in order to prepare us.

    After completing the course I plan to work as a nurse at a children’s hospital. My aim is to be a caring and compassionate children’s nurse and I believe that Brookes has given me the skills to achieve this.

    Kevin Barclay Meek

    Kevin Barclay Meek

    Mental Health Nursing

    I have found a career I love.

    I had been working for Oxford Health Trust for nearly three years when I chose to study Mental Health Nursing at Brookes. It was the obvious choice of university for me as many of the nurses I worked with had qualified at Brookes and spoke highly of the staff and training they received there.

    The wide variety of placements that are available in Oxford are not easily come by elsewhere. I have experienced various placements whilst at Brookes and have enjoyed them all; the best part of being out on placement is getting to work with interesting and kind staff, patients, and families, in many different and challenging situations.

    After completing my course I hope to gain employment in Oxford and settle into the role of being a qualified Nurse. In the future I would like to qualify in a talking therapy so that I can push myself and be of a greater benefit to those I work with.

    Since working in mental health nursing I have found a career I love and I now want to take on more responsibility and have a better ability to help others.

    Rachel Moore

    Rachel Moore

    Children’s Nursing

    The staff are incredibly supportive and are heavily invested in every student.

    I applied for the course at Oxford Brookes due to its good reputation, the reputation of the nearby children’s hospital at the John Radcliffe, and because Brookes offers the Children’s Nursing course at master’s level.

    I really enjoy the practical side of the course, particularly the skills sessions where we practice on simulated child and baby manikins, learning how to attend to children with different needs on the ward. Some of the sessions are run by experts in the field and their anecdotes make it interesting and easier to remember things.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my placements during the course. All of the nurses, whether they are your assigned mentor or not, are constantly willing to teach and share experiences. You are encouraged to ask questions, have new experiences, and learn in a supported environment.

    When I graduate I hope to get a job at the John Radcliffe hospital. Further down the line I would like to progress and potentially attend university again to become an advanced nurse practitioner. We have days organised where various hospitals will be visiting the university to give us an idea about job prospects. The university has also arranged for interview preparation sessions as well as mock interviews with members of the interview panel from the John Radcliffe.

    Helen Thompson

    Helen Thompson

    Children’s Nursing

    Enrolling in Children’s Nursing at Brookes is certainly one of the best decisions I have ever made!

    Having completed some work experience at a children’s hospital in London I was inspired by what nurses could do for children and their families. I wanted to have the power to change somebody’s life and be there for children and families in their time of need.

    So far the part of my course I’ve enjoyed the most is my practice placement. Talking to patients, working within a multidisciplinary team and learning clinical skills enables me to see how the theory we learn in lectures is applied in practice. I’ve had lots of opportunities to see different aspects of healthcare, from operations to clinical procedures like lumbar punctures and echocardiograms. The placements are well organised and there’s plenty of support from the university if you have any problems.

    Living in Oxford is great because of the wide range of things to; from punting in the summer months and chilling out in South Park with my friends, to finding cosy little cafes in the winter. I found it easy to make friends with both the people in my halls and on my course.

    After graduating I plan to go straight into work as a children’s nurse. Students who have just recently qualified have given me plenty of advice on interviews and when to apply for jobs. The university also email me weekly with careers news and support.

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    Jane Carpenter

    MSc Midwifery

    When I visited Brookes, it felt like home.

    The Oxford Brookes Midwifery team are great; we’re quite a small group which means that all of us, staff and students alike, quickly got to know each other.

    In first year we go out on community placement, so you really hit the ground running and get to learn the skills you need in a practical environment. I’ve been privileged enough to ‘catch’ my first baby, which was a truly inspirational experience, and I’ve loved all the aspects of this placement. It has been fascinating, exhausting and ultimately very rewarding.

    I would absolutely recommend this course to others. If you are passionate about midwifery, the best advice is just to go for it; be prepared for a busy, intense, rewarding, emotional rollercoaster ride!

    My first aim is to finish the course, graduate and become a practicing midwife, but I am also interested in becoming a research midwife in the future.

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    Claire Litchfield

    MSc Midwifery

    I feel well equipped as a newly qualified midwife.

    I had always wanted a healthcare related career and had been interested in midwifery, particularly because of the opportunity to practice autonomously. Midwifery is such an ancient practice and there is so much variety in how it is delivered all over the world.

    I loved going to the JHB building for lectures; it’s very modern and the library space is exceptional. For healthcare students it’s great to be on your own campus at Marston road as you get to mix with the other professions.

    The staff are very supportive and want to see you succeed. I had great support from my academic tutor and my research supervisor, which meant that I was able to push myself academically. The range of placements is very good, and on qualification you definitely feel that you have had a well-rounded experience. I feel well equipped as a newly qualified midwife.

    I’m now working at a local NHS Trust and am really enjoying it. I’m looking forward to developing my midwifery skills and in the future I hope to use some of the academic skills I have developed at Brookes and maybe go into research or teaching.

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    Francesca Medway

    BSc Midwifery

    The course is intense but your cohort is so supportive and encouraging. It’s a bond that will never break.

    The placements were certainly my favourite aspect of the course. The OUH Foundation Trust is very fortunate to have a wide array of placements that, as a student, you can experience. The best way to learn in this profession is by observing and then doing and I loved the hands on experience this course provided.

    The lectures were very interesting and the lecturers were incredibly passionate and enthusiastic. My experience of mentors has been so positive; they have all been so supportive and understanding.

    The facilities are good. Marston Road provides labs and computer facilities that are suitable for the courses based there. The canteen is mostly always open and a common room provides a kettle, microwave and vending machine. The John Henry Brookes building is very modern with good sized rooms, a great canteen and a fantastic library.

    I’m currently working as a midwife – spending half my time in the community and the other half in the John Radcliffe on a delivery suite. My long term plans include working in the community at a birth centre and possibly exploring research.

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    Serena Serratore

    BSc Midwifery

    My placements within Oxford have been amazing so far.

    I chose to study at Oxford Brookes as it has a good reputation and because it is really close to the John Radcliffe hospital, which is fantastic in terms of placement opportunities. Also, the teaching staff are really friendly and always there if you need help.

    I really enjoy being out on placement and being able to practice the skills I have learnt whilst at university. My placements within Oxford have been amazing so far, and they are not far from my accommodation so I don’t have to worry about travel. My mentor is fantastic and the help we receive from our link mentor is great.

    After completing the course I hope to continue working at the John Radcliffe hospital. Once I qualify I would like to become a mentor, to help teach future students.