Helen Phillips

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I was originally interested in doing a Geography degree, but then I decided I wanted to do something more vocational to get me directly into a job and so City and Regional Planning offered me a nice balance. I was attracted to Brookes for three main reasons; the flexibility of the course, the emphasis on sustainability and the environment and I also thought Oxford would be a great place to live and I wasn’t disappointed.

Something that was really good was the strong links the University has with Oxfordshire County Council including opportunities for work placements over the summer. I did one summer in a planning department and another summer in research which offered really good practical experience.

There’s a good mix of teaching styles too including lectures, seminars and workshops as well as guest speakers which was great as you got to hear what things were like in practice.

In my view this degree opens the door to a range of jobs in planning and the built environment and there’s a huge variety in the scale of the work involved – local, regional, national and some opportunities to work abroad too.

Oxford is a great city, there’s a huge amount going on. Lots of events, great social scene and the region itself is really nice with little villages within easy reach if you want to escape the city for the day. It’s also really well linked with London and Bristol. You could certainly never get bored in Oxford.