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I was eager to stretch my knowledge on the functioning of the human body and causes of diseases, alongside techniques used in scientific research and advancing drug developments. There are great facilities here, including a modern sports centre, 24 hour library and free bus service within such an iconic city that can cater for everyone.
Student tip - Don't forget to call home. Regardless of whether you think you're more than capable of surviving without your parents, they can provide some useful tips and support, maybe a little bit of money too.
Hometown - Worcester
People and their behaviour have sometimes perplexed and always fascinated me. I started studying psychology at A-level but choose it most simply because it interested me. The Brookes open day showed me a dynamic place with great opportunities from going abroad to expanding academically choosing modules outside of your subject. Oxford as a town is pretty good too.
Student tip - Talk to people! On your course is a given but try other courses and around halls (doorstops generally are not allowed so don't be afraid to knock flat doors). You never know when you’ll see them again
Hometown - Burghfield, Reading
I have always loved being around animals and wanted to contribute to making a difference in the world today, by understanding how to help conserve what we have before it's too late. I chose Brookes for the degree course they offered and the support structure in place for all students, which both the University and Students Union take pride in making sure is available.
Student tip - Joining societies is a great way of making new friends across the university.
Hometown - Stoke-on-Trent
With a passion for the natural world this course really appealed to me and was exactly the next step I wanted to take. Further interest came from the broad range of topics this course covered. With Brookes amazing facilities and wonderful lecturers I would have been a fool to ignore it. This is emphasised more by the culture of Oxford and the free bus pass.
Student tip - Get to know your lecturers as soon as possible (especially your academic advisor) and don't be worried about contacting them. Remember, they are there to help you.
Hometown - Hungerford
I chose psychology because I believe that the way people behave and interact is central to the way our society functions. I wanted to understand why behaviour differs and the impact of this on others. Brookes is in an excellent location, with easy and cheap transport links. Additionally, as a 3rd year Brookes student, you can make use of Oxford University's extensive Bodleian library!
Student tip - Learn to cook proper food. It's far cheaper than eating out or ordering take aways and you'll feel much better for it! No one is expecting restaurant ready cuisine, a simple chilli is a good start!
Hometown - Winchester
Before I started to study I did a bank apprenticeship. As I plan to pursue a career in HR, I chose to study Psychology with Business. This is the perfect combination for my intended future career. As soon as I visited at the Open Day I knew it was the right place. The organisation was great and all student ambassadors were kind and helpful, and the lecturers enthusiastic about their subjects.
Student tip - My advice would be to join a society or sports team. It gives the opportunity to meet students from different subjects, backgrounds and years and helps to build up a network that can be very useful.
I chose biomedical science as it was the perfect combination of my favourite parts of biology and chemistry with a strong application towards healthcare and disease. Brookes is located in a fantastic and very historic city with so many places to explore and the university has a modern and friendly atmosphere with lots of societies and sports to take part in.
Student tip - Although it may be out of the way, the odd trip to Aldi can make a big saving on your weekly shop giving you a few more pennies to do the things you want.
I chose Psychology because its a fascinating subject. It’s an amazing method to learn about yourself and others. Psychology can open doors to a variety of careers. When applying to Oxford Brookes, I felt comfortable in the environment knowing that I will enjoy my degree and my time here. Additionally, its a beautiful city to study in!
Student tip - Organization, to give yourself enough time to study don’t leave it last minute!
Hometown - Swindon
I was inspired by a teacher who continued teaching despite a degenerative disease, I wanted to do OT as it enables people to maximise their independence whilst facing these challenges. For me, Brookes just felt homely, it is amidst of beautiful countryside and places to explore but also not far from the city. The vibe is positive, fun and welcoming, so it is easy to fit in.
Student tip - Calm down - Everyone is in the same boat, so don't worry as much as you are. Experienced people can help you and if you are all clueless, it will be an adventure to figure it out together.
Hometown - Dorset
I find psychology a fascinating realm of science, I enjoy learning about the extent to which the mind is affected due to the abnormalities in the brain. Due to the facilities available, and the overall aesthetic of the university. The university is also local to me which I found to be easier and more convenient for myself.
Student tip - Keeping up with lecture notes is really helpful when it comes to exam time, and don't be afraid to talk to people on your course.
Hometown - Oxford
I have always had an interest in how the body works. I studied sport science at college. Therefore, when I decided to go to university, it was easy which course I wanted to study.
Oxford is a fantastic city. The university is brand new and full of new, exciting projects. Speaking to current students at the open day really helped me cement my decision to come to Brookes.
Student tip - Just remember. When you arrive at university everyone is in the same boat. You are all in a new city, new home and new place of study. Just relax and get involved in everything that is thrown at you!
Hometown - Cromhall, South Gloucestershire
I started to love the subject when I first studied it in A level, I found psychology so fascinating and how there are so many vast opportunities and areas of psychology. I chose Brookes mainly for the course. The modules sounded interesting, and the degree was accredited by the British Psychological Society which was a must.
Student tip - Organise all lectures notes as you go along the semester. You don't want to be sorting it out when exams start!
Hometown - West Sussex
I chose Biomedical Science as I have always had a passion for how science works and how it contributes to our living society, with this degree offering great opportunities in research and application. After attending an open day, Brookes hit me instantly with its fresh working environment, the student feeling and the JHB building. Oxford itself is a beautiful, cultural city with so much to explore.
Student tip - Make good use of the Oxford Tube service to London. The buses are frequent and inexpensive, which makes a great day trip if you want to get your head out of the books.
Hometown - Birmingham
I chose to study Psychology simply because I loved studying it at A-Level, and many of the different areas within psychology interested me, and I wanted to take my interest further. When I visited Brookes, the atmosphere was so friendly and welcoming, and I loved how close it is to the town with so many little shops and café's along with great history and culture.
Student tip - Join at least one club or society! These are the best way of widening your friendship circle beyond people on your course. If you don't get a chance at freshers fair, its never too late to sign up!
Hometown - Buckhurst Hill, Essex
I chose to study Biomedical Sciences because I thought it would be the most interesting continuation from studying Biology and Chemistry at college. I chose Brookes because I liked both the feel of the campus and the city itself. Also how easily you can get into the center of town on the Brookes bus is a huge bonus.
Student tip - Try studying in different areas (your room, the library, with a group in the Forum etc) so you can work out what suits you best, it may be different from how you studied for A-levels!
Hometown - London
My T1 Diabetes diagnosis introduced me to the effect of biomedical research. This degree puts you in a strong position for a scientific career, leading to post-grad research, lab work or teaching. Both lecturers and students were incredibly helpful, giving honest advice on admissions and student life. Halls are so close to the university and the very beautiful and historic city.
Student tip - Bring your bike for a quick way to get around, keep fit and enjoy the scenery.
Hometown - Bromley, Kent
I chose Human Biology as I have always been fascinated with the anatomy and complexity of the human body and the various diseases that affect us all, so this seemed like the perfect course. There was lots of things which influenced why I chose Brookes', how friendly everyone was, the flexibility of my course, how beautiful Oxford is and not long on the train to get home.
Student tip - Have good communication with your Academic Advisor so they can help you reach your full potential.
Hometown - Bristol
I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to study, but really enjoyed the conservation aspect of A level Biology. It's also great being able to learn in the field and labs instead of just in lecture theatres. I loved the fact that I could choose from so many modules within my degree and found the lecturers to be really approachable; I felt like I would 'fit in' more here at Brookes than anywhere else.
Student tip - Buy a memory foam mattress topper!!! Also make the most of the atmosphere of everybody together in halls (you only get it once) and try to meet as many people as possible!
Hometown - Bath