Nina Sharp

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

GCSEs and A levels at Ilfracombe College in north Devon

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

A recommendation from a friend studying Architecture at the time. There are good study spaces and friendly approachable lecturers. Also, the built environment reputation at Oxford Brookes University.

What did you think of the course while studying here?

The course content was relevant and covered different subject areas. The course provided me with the essential foundations for the workplace. The course provided opportunities for extra curricular activities both locally and internationally. I personally benefited from 'outside of the classroom learning' and diversity in teaching styles and communication methods.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

Variety of teaching staff, the dedicated study areas, opportunities to enhance my learning outside of the classroom.

What advice do you have for others?

Make the most of the extra curricular activities offered at Brookes as this provides the opportunities to learn new skills and develop.

After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career and where are you working now?

After I graduated I became a planning officer at Cherwell District Council. I worked there for a year and now I am a planner for Barton Willmore. I have recently become a chartered town planner having undertaken the accredited course at Brookes and becoming eligible to apply, with in excess of two years work experience. My next step is to practise as a chartered town planner and gain experience through working on a variety of projects.

What so far have been the best moments?

One of my best moments was getting a job offer from Cherwell District Council. It's great to know that four years of studying is relevant and all the hard work has paid off! My other best moment was again being offered a job by Barton Willmore, the UK's leading independent planning and design consultancy, and being fortunate enough to be learning from planning experts everyday.

What so far have been the most challenging moments?

Every day is different and, with that, a different challenge everyday. Personally, I love a challenge and problem solving and using my skills to enhance my knowledge. Whether at university or in the workplace juggling multiple deadlines is always a challenge no matter how organised you are.