Katie Christou

Questions and answers:

  1. Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
  2. I was at Princethorpe College 6th form in Rugby, studying A-levels in Art, English Literature, Geography and French.

  3. What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
  4. I liked it when I came on a visit to the university and because the modules on the course covered a number of topics I was interested in. I also wanted the opportunity to gain both RTPI and RICS accreditation which particularly made me interested in the course at Brookes, as this was possible when taking specified Real Estate modules.

  5. What do you think of the course now you're here?
  6. The course covers a broad subject area giving you a good grounding on a number of topics. The lectures are usually fairly small and so you get to know your peers and lecturers very well, which makes it much easier to settle in. The Department of Planning as a whole is very friendly and there is always someone happy to help you with any problems you might have.

  7. How did your scholarship or bursary enhance your experience of the course?
  8. My scholarship helped me to purchase many course-related books and generally helped towards living costs.

  9. What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
  10. Oxford is a great city to live in as a student, with plenty of social events to suit everyone. By studying at Brookes I was able to gain accreditation from two professional bodies which was particularly beneficial when I was applying for graduate vacancies, in being able to demonstrate a broad range of skills and knowledge.

  11. What advice do you have for others?
  12. Enjoy first year as it is the best opportunity to meet new people and socialise. I would recommend going into halls as it’s a great way to get to know people and experience Oxford fully.

  13. After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career and where are you working now?
  14. Since completing my MA I have been working for David Lock Associates in Milton Keynes as an Assistant Planner and Urban Designer. I have been involved in a range of planning and urban design projects assisting in the preparation and submission of planning applications, producing design and access statements for large-scale mixed-use schemes, undertaking planning policy research and providing support on a variety of town centre urban design projects across the UK. I am also currently working towards corporate membership of the RTPI through the Institute’s APC process.

  15. What so far have been the most challenging moments?
  16. Public engagement exercises such as public exhibitions are often the most challenging part of working as a Planner, and require a willingness to listen to a wide range of opinions and take on board comments from a local residents’ perspective.

Nadhira Abdul Halim

Katie studied BA City and Regional Planning and MA Urban Design with the School of Architecture

By studying at Brookes I was able to gain accreditation from two professional bodies which was particularly beneficial when I was applying for graduate vacancies, in being able to demonstrate a broad range of skills and knowledge.