Paul Stockley

Questions and answers:

  1. Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
  2. Previously completed an MA (interdisciplinary) in Child Studies at King's College, London, School of Law. (In this instance interdisciplinary means: law, health, education, and social policy.)

  3. What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
  4. Quality of the course (as recommended to me by two friends who had completed the course), combined with being local to where I live.

  5. What do you think of the course while you were here?
  6. I have enjoyed the taught part of the course, studied hard and made the most of the library and access to other resources in Oxford (Queen Elizabeth House for refugee studies, Oxfam library, etc.). The course has helped fill some crucial gaps in my expertise, and strengthen my comprehension of different approaches to development work. I now need to complete my research and dissertation, which I feel fairly confident about.

  7. How did your scholarship enhance your experience of the course?
  8. It helped significantly in my ability to fund the course. I am not sure I could have accepted a place on the course otherwise. My sponsors also helped meet the remainder of the fees. Consequently I was also able to complete two important practical field trips at my own expense, which would not have been possible had I been paying full fees myself.

  9. What are your plans for when you've completed your programme, for work or further study?
  10. My plans are to specialise in the field of armed conflict and political violence. I currently have new openings in this field with agencies focused on children's services, and will seek further opportunities. At some stage I may progress to do higher level research study, though this will not be immediate.

  11. What are the best aspects of studying at Brookes?
  12. On this course, the global perspective is very positive. It is stimulating to be drawing on experiences of fellow students from around the world. The campus and facilities are also of a very high standard. Many of the tutors on this course are noted experts in their fields (human rights, globalisation, natural disasters, armed conflict, etc.) which gives a richness and depth to the learning.

  13. What advice do you have for others thinking of studying in the School of the Built Environment?
  14. Highly recommended. One of the strengths of CENDEP is the way it has been shaped and re-shaped historically within the embrace of the School of the Built Environment. The connection of livelihoods with local communities in situ around the world keeps the balance between the theory and the practice real.

    I am still enjoying the many benefits of studying at Brookes, and I know that once I complete my MA I will have good options ahead for my work.

    The Scholarship has proved a crucial factor in opening up new opportunities.

Paul Stockley

Paul studied MA in Development and Emergency Practice with the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) in the School of Architecture

Many of the tutors on this course are noted experts in their fields (human rights, globalisation, natural disasters, armed conflict, etc.) which gives a richness and depth to the learning.