Megan Passey

Questions and answers:

  1. Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
  2. BA Architecture at Newcastle University (2006-2009)

  3. What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
  4. The presence of the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Brookes allowed me the unique opportunity to study International Development at MA level at the same time as completing my Master’s in Architecture.

  5. What do you think of the course now you're here?
  6. I have really enjoyed my first year at Brookes and the opportunities it has already opened up for me. My specialisation in DEP attracts a great mix of students from different contexts and backgrounds and working alongside this cohort has proved the richest learning experience of all.

  7. What kind of financial support did you receive to help finance your degree and how did this financial support enhance your experience of the course?
  8. I received a Walter Parker Bursary from the RIBA, which supported me to complete a period of professional work experience overseas. Thanks to this award I spent the summer of 2013 working for UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in Geneva.

    I received the RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarship to help me during my second year. This award will ease the financial pressure during my final year of study and allow me to be more ambitious in my proposals.

  9. What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
  10. Brookes benefits greatly from its connections to Oxford University, while keeping both feet firmly on the ground. The opportunity to study in the Bodleian libraries and to attend many of the additional lectures on offer has been invaluable.

    Oxford is also a fun city to live in with plenty going on in town, and close enough to London to visit as often, or as little, as you like

  11. What are your plans for when you’ve completed your course, for work or further study?
  12. I plan to continue to use my architectural skills to work in the field of development and humanitarianism.

  13. What advice do you have for others?
  14. Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way and use the staff, who as a whole are receptive to criticism and suggestions, and as individuals will go out of their way to help you when you need it.

Megan Passey

Megan studied MArchD Applied Design in Architecture ARB/RIBA PART 2 with the School of Architecture

I have really enjoyed my first year at Brookes and the opportunities it has already opened up for me.