Jess Fisher

English Language and Communication

Jess Fisher

My initial attraction to the course at Oxford Brookes was the ‘communication’ aspect. I felt the combination allowed me to study my main interest of English Language whilst also taking communications and media classes that are teaching very current and relevant theory that makes an individual far more employable

Jess studied English Literature, English Language and Biology at A Level, finding English Language to be her strongest subject. Jess decided to pursue this further and came straight to Oxford Brookes from college to study English Language and Communication (ELC).

I really enjoyed English Language at school and at college, and I knew that it was something that I would like to study at university. I felt further study of English Language would give me a wide range of options at the end of the course and I wouldn’t be obliged to enter into a particular profession.

My initial attraction to the course at Oxford Brookes was the ‘communication’ aspect. I felt the combination allowed me to study my main interest of English Language whilst also taking communications and media classes that are teaching very current and relevant theory that makes an individual far more employable.

Throughout my three years studying the course I have found that one of the best things about it is the number of people. We are a relatively small group of students compared to some of the other courses at Brookes and this makes for a really friendly and comfortable undergraduate experience. Our lecturers know us all by first name and encourage interaction and engagement throughout our lectures. I also really enjoy the variety of modules available to us, especially in first year where we were encouraged to take modules from any discipline we had an interest in.

Oxford is an amazing place to go to university because it is geared towards students and education, and has been for hundreds of years. It’s pretty small for a city which makes it far less scary if you’ve never lived away from home before and you can generally walk almost anywhere you need to go which is always convenient. In my third year I applied for an Oxford Bodleian library card to help me with my dissertation, which allows me access to all of the Oxford libraries until I graduate. It’s really excellent being able to access the Oxford libraries because they have a copy of every book ever printed in English, so you never have to go without a book or journal you really need. The Radcliffe Camera is also a beautiful place to work, and a benefit you only get from studying in Oxford.

As I am hoping to go into PR and Communications, the ‘communication’ side of ELC has really given me a host of new skills and information that I think will be very useful in my chosen career. Modules such as Digital Media and Youth Identity and Citizen Journalism have introduced me to, and highlighted the importance of, social media and the internet, two things which are becoming increasingly important in the PR/Communications sectors.

I have truly loved my experience at Oxford Brookes; the department are wonderful, and have a real passion for their fields of study. I cannot recommend it enough!