Felicity Emmerson

Early Childhood Studies

Felicity Emmerson

I was particularly attracted to the course as I think it gives you the foundations to be a professional regardless of whether you choose to go into teaching, social work, public health or nursery work

Before starting my course at Brookes I was working as a project assistant with a local authority in Ealing, running projects with children’s centres. I received an unconditional offer from Oxford Brookes and when I found out I was very excited to come and live in Oxford and to live in halls of residence.

I was particularly attracted to the course as I think it gives you the foundations to be a professional regardless of whether you choose to go into teaching, social work, public health or nursery work.

During the course we have had the opportunity to acquire lots of new skills such as learning how to write academically and how to write reports. The best part of the course is definitely the fact that I had a fantastic placement in a children’s centre. It was really challenging but the mentor I was assigned was really supportive I learnt a lot about early years practice. Furthermore, I also took the opportunity to talk to my academic advisor about my grades. We worked together to find that for me to get the best grades it would be better for me to complete more research based modules as opposed to other more broadly philosophical ones. Not only can I now get the best grades I can but I’m also studying for a degree that I really enjoy.

All the academic staff on my course are amazing and they all go above and beyond to help you if you need it. In my first term here at Brookes, I got lost and a member of the senior management team called me by my first name and offered my directions; it made me feel really valued as a student.

I love living in Oxford because of all the students! We share the city with a wealth of other students from the local Oxford University and this makes for a great social life. Furthermore, there are lots of Oxford traditions such as May Day celebrations which I don’t think other cities necessarily have.

Whilst at Oxford Brookes I have definitely got involved with student life. I have become a student community warden which is a paid position in which I work with Brookes talking to the local community and promoting positive relationships between students and permanent local residents. One of the key projects I helped with included working with the local council to tackle the waste that is left at the end of term. Alongside this, I am also a course representative which means I represent studies from my course in various meetings across the university. I was also part of a recruitment panel for a new lecturer in our department. It was great when the School of Education employed the candidate that we felt was best because it really felt like they were listening to student’s views.