Mary Tomlinson

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

I undertook my first degree at the University of Birmingham (UK), in Biological Sciences.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

I decided to study at Oxford Brookes due to the specific course on offer. The option to study a range of additional modules enabled me to specialise in the areas that I desired. The School of the Built Environment has a national reputation for excellence and a number of experts in the environmental management field teach on the course. Some of the books that I was reading when I was thinking of applying were written by staff who teach on the course so that was an added attraction!

What do you think of the course now you are here?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. The content is broad but this is a huge strength. The staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are very approachable. Learning is delivered in a number of ways such as through guest speakers, student presentations, and practical field trips. The course attracts students from a wide variety of countries which creates a diverse range of opinions, inputs, and valuable insights into processes in other countries.

How did your scholarship enhance your experience of the course?

The scholarship funded my tuition fees which enabled me to undertake the course!

What are your plans for when you've completed your programme, for work or further study?

I plan to use the knowledge that I have gained on the course in my new job role.

What are the best aspects of studying at Brookes?

Oxford Brookes has a modern approach to learning. The environment is a relaxed and friendly one, but one that is also conducive to innovative and high standards of work.

What advice do you have for others thinking of studying in the School of the Built Environment?

Follow what interests you. Education is a privilege, but it's also something to be really enjoyed!