Thomas Dobson

  • Thomas Dobson joined Oxford Brookes as a research student in September 2019 and his thesis title is 'Transition and Transformation: Westminster College’s relocation to Oxford'.

    How did you hear about Oxford Brookes University?

    Having completed my BA in History at the University of Wales Trinity St. David (Lampeter), I applied for a role within the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, which is a research centre within the School of History, Philosophy and Culture at Oxford Brookes. During the course of my research there, it became apparent that no-one had ever used the Westminster College archives to fully study the reasons behind the relocation of Westminster College from its original site in the heart of London to Harcourt Hill. I decided to be that person!

    How easy did you find it to settle into the research environment?

    Settling into the research environment at Oxford Brookes was very easy indeed – everyone was very helpful, friendly, and informative.

    What do you enjoy about being a research student?

    Being a research student at Oxford Brookes provides me with the opportunity and direction to make use of the fantastic resources held in the Westminster College archives, as well as in other local repositories, the National Archives, and Brookes Library.