Swara Shah

BA (Hons) City and Regional Planning

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

I studied A-levels in IT, Math and Physics at The Winchester School 6th form in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

I had heard about Oxford Brookes through a family friend and International open days held in Dubai. I started as a foundation student in Engineering. During that course, I came across the different courses the Department of Planning had to offer that caught my attention. Later, I also thought that doing a degree in planning would be a great opportunity to gain accreditation from institutes such as RTPI and RICS.

What do/ did you think of the course while studying here?

The course offers a wide range of understanding on topics, giving an insight on the different areas and possibilities within planning. What I really liked, is that most of the sessions that take place during the course are very practical and based on real planning events; ongoing or have taken place in the past. The lecturers are very enthusiastic, friendly and are always happy to help and solve any issue within the module or otherwise.

What advice do you have for others?

Seize the opportunity you have: work hard, participate in events, socialise, make memories, and enjoy your time at Brookes and around Oxford!

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

I am quite open with my plans. I wish to find a graduate job in order to apply my learning in the real world and/ or return to Brookes to do an MA in Urban Design to gain full accreditation for RTPI.