Oxford Brookes University Personal Statement

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Biology Personal Statement
Being born in the shadow of Sellafield, and growing up near the home of Unilever Research & Development, my interest in Science was, in my eyes, inevitable. My fascination with Biology began to develop at a young age...

History Personal Statement
My decision to study history was not a difficult one. I have long been fascinated by everything concerned with it, including historical findings and the icons we admire. I want to study history because it reveals to us human experiences of the past and how that relates to our present...

Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE) Personal Statement
Politics was not an option at GCSE in my school but having grown up in a family of strong minded individuals working in public service I knew it would be my first choice at A –Level. I have not been disappointed...

Management Personal Statement
My greatest achievement to date was when I was appointed head of the 6th form Management committee. I have turned it from a minor committee to a thriving active part of my school. Whilst maintaining the balance between academic and extra-curricular pursuits I have used my initiative in starting and managing the ‘Cafe’ at my school to raise funds for any 6th form investments...

Philosophy & Politics Personal Statement
One could ask who created the universe? Why do we exist? What is man's purpose in this world? The question I thought of most, who created me? These are just some of the questions I used to wonder and ask myself, in the words of Plato, 'Philosophy begins in wonder'...

Geography and Politics Personal Statement
My interest in geography began when I visited an exhibition on maps from the 1400s up to the present day. They charted the progress of smaller kingdoms and county boundaries into the UK that we know today...

English Personal Statement
Growing up reading Roald Dahl, I saw elements of myself in Matilda, as ever since I can remember, I have loved reading. My passion for English could be seen by those around me, as a child, having taught myself to read and write by the time I was 4 years old, and there was never any doubt that I would go on to pursue a career in English...

International Relations and Law Personal Statement
Through commonly accepted law, international organizations and sovereign nations establish and enforce vital laws and moral codes of conduct such as those relating to human and civil rights. Yet, despite many ratified agreements relating to principles that are universally accepted throughout the world, human and civil rights remain threatened in industrialized nations as well as third world countries...

Midwifery Personal Statement
From a young age I have had a desire to help and care for people. Once I was old enough to understand the uniqueness and beauty of all stages of pregnancy and birth, I knew that I wanted it to be a part of my everyday life...

Early Childhood Studies Personal Statement
Ever since I could remember I have always wanted to play a big part in children’s education. As I was growing up I could see children of my age in Africa struggling to go to school because of their circumstances...

Economics and Finance Personal Statement
Through life's experiences, I have come to realise that the economy affects almost everything in the world. Newspapers dedicate more headlines to financial issues in comparison to other topics. This has led to the realisation that without a good stable economy the world could fall to its knees, for example, the Wall Street collapse of 1929 and the more current financial crisis which started in 2007...

English and Film Personal Statement
From reading my first Roald Dahl book, peppered with magic and mischief, to writing my first short story, I have always known that my drive and passion for English was destined to be more than a hobby...

Law Personal Statement
A woman is legally certified to kill her cheating husband, only if she uses her bare hands.The husband's lover however may be killed in any manner desired. This is just one example of the outrageous laws that are still in continuation in Hong Kong...

Law Personal Statement
I have chosen a Law degree because it will enable me to study Criminal and Human Rights Law in more depth. This course has a practical and theoretical basis, which I find fascinating, and will expand my knowledge; it will also help me understand legal aspects of law and their impact on society...

Politics Personal Statement
Politics has always enthused me because it allows an exploration of some of the fundamental values of our society: the principles of democracy, good governance and the relationship between the state and individual...

Interior Design Personal Statement
Despite my youth I have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity and challenges to project manage the Interior Design of Samuel Pepys, a pub and restaurant in Northamptonshire, by someone who was willing to give me the challenge and liked my vision for when I applied for the project...

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Oxford Brookes University offers a world class student experience in a beautiful city with a rich cultural and educational history that goes back for centuries.

The university can trace its history back as far as 1865 with the foundation of the Oxford School of Art. Over the years the school merged and grew until 1992, when it became Oxford Brookes University, naming itself after John Henry Brookes, first Principal of the Schools of Technology, Art and Commerce.

Brookes is the UK's highest-ranked modern university in the Complete University Guide 2015 and has recently been named as one of the world’s most international universities in The Times Higher Education’s ranking of the top 200 most international universities.The latest National Student Survey (NSS) in 2015 saw the university move in to the top quarter for higher education institutions in England with its highest ever score. An impressive 90 per cent of Oxford Brookes students agreed with the NSS statement ‘Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course’.

The university's teaching is underpinned by excellent research, which enjoys an international reputation attracting high quality staff and students and helping to generate major funded projects. This reputation was confirmed with the publication of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 results which showed that 94% of Brookes’ research is internationally recognized and 59% judged to be of ‘world leading’ quality or ‘internationally excellent’.

Programs at Oxford Brookes are designed to develop the practical, transferable skills you will need in your career. Many programs include work placements to develop the practical experience employers require. Oxford Brookes has well-established links with organizations and companies across a broad spectrum of relevant industries.

As well as an extensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, Oxford Brookes offers high quality academic and English language courses to prepare you for successful university study. These foundation, pre-Master’s and pre-sessional English pathway programs are developed and delivered by the university's own lecturers on campus.

Brookes is located in Oxford, a great place to be a student. It is a world-famous and historic city, renowned for its architecture, museums, rowing, punting and scenic riverside walks. The city is also bursting with restaurants, cafés, theaters, cinemas and shops, and has its own covered market that was established in 1774. With almost 40,000 students from all over the world, the city has a vibrant, youthful and cosmopolitan atmosphere. All this only 60 miles from London, one hour away by train.


Oxford Brookes University has three main campuses in and around Oxford, each one with has its own library, student accommodation, and sports facilities. There are also plenty of places for you to relax and take a break in cafés and food outlets, where you can meet up with friends, have fun and socialize. All campuses are linked by the university’s own BrookesBus service connecting them with the city center and university halls of residence.

Oxford Brookes has recently invested £150 million in all its campuses to provide the teaching and learning facilities to meet the needs of a 21st century student. The new John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus, which opened in early 2014, includes a new library, state-of-the-art lecture theater, teaching, support and social spaces.

Oxford Brookes is renowned for its sport and if you want to get involved there is plenty of choice and facilities to match:

  • Health and fitness suites
  • Climbing room and lead tower
  • A brand new boathouse on the Thames for our elite rowers
  • Badminton, squash and tennis courts
  • Floodlit all-weather pitch, suitable for hockey and football
  • Outdoor pitches for  netball, lacrosse and cricket
  • 25-meter swimming pool
  • 9-hole golf course

Students’ Union
Run by students for students, the Students' Union is central to Oxford Brookes life. It is home to around 60 diverse clubs and societies, including various international ones, which are a great way for you to meet new people and discover new hobbies and interests.

Support Services
The university caters to each student’s needs with support services ranging from study advice, careers and employment center, IT support, students’ union advice center, disability service, mature students service, counselling and research training. There are specialist support services for international students including the International Student Advice Team to help students with issues such as visas, employment and finance before arrival and at any throughout their time at the university.

The medical center on Headington campus is staffed by doctors and nurses who offer a confidential and comprehensive medical service. There is also a dental practice and osteopathy clinic.

The university provides excellent accommodation services for international students.

Accommodation options include single study bedrooms in halls of residence, many of which are en suite. These provide students with a safe and secure living environment and are a great way to meet new friends. International students are guaranteed a place in halls in their first year provided they meet the application deadlines.

If you would like to find out more about Oxford Brookes University, please contact one of our Across The Pond Advisors.

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