Vanessa Butt

Anthropology

Vanessa Butt

I chose to study Anthropology because I wanted to study other cultures in detail. One of the best things about Brookes, apart from the city it’s in, is the fact that it offers both social and biological anthropology – not many universities offer these courses together

Vanessa Butt graduated in 2009 with a degree in Anthropology and French. Vanessa presented her independent research into The Evolution of Wine Discourse at the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) exhibition at Brookes’ Reinvention Centre.

I chose to study Anthropology because I wanted to study other cultures in detail. One of the best things about Brookes, apart from the city it’s in, is the fact that it offers both social and biological anthropology – not many universities offer these courses together.

The choice of modules and the range of knowledge from the tutors’ first hand experience are real strengths of the course. I also like the flexibility – if there is a society or an area of study that you find interesting you can investigate it in more depth. Working as part of a group also really helped as we could bounce ideas off each other.

The independent study module, for which I designed, carried out and presented my own research, really motivated me and helped me develop skills for meeting deadlines without allowing the pressure to build up.

The best things about living in Oxford are the range of cultures and different scenes (particularly music), and the community atmosphere of Cowley Road, but at the same time you’re also really close to such beautiful countryside.

Anthropology can be used in most jobs as it makes you more people-sensitive. I’m aiming towards a career in social and community care, and since graduating I have been working in a supported housing project for homeless people.