As a potential student looking to go to University, deciding on the right course to study and the best location to live in is an important decision.
If you’re considering a career in the food industry, choosing the perfect place for you is the vital first step in achieving your degree and gaining experience within the competitive food environment.
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/homepage/) began life as the Oxford School of Art in 1865. In 1992, the institution gained full University status and held its new title in honour of its founding Principle, John Brookes. (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/history/john-henry-brookes/) In 1995, the University opened a new £1.3 million Centre for Sport, with a fitness suite, climbing wall and sports hall. Since opening, Oxford Brookes University has made much investment into its facilities, making sure its students get the very best out of their time there.
Oxford Brookes University is devised of 3 campuses located around the city, providing a great learning area for its whole community. Each campus has residential accommodation, a library, computer resource rooms and a shop. The campuses also have cafés, snack kiosks, as well as refectories serving breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, meaning whatever the time of day there is something for everyone. In 2014, the University built a brand new; multi purpose built learning space – the John Henry Brookes building. In its opening year, the new area was that successful that it won Royal Institute of British Architects’ South building of the year.
In 2016, the Guardian has ranked Oxford Brookes University at an impressive 48 out of 119 in its University League Table, (http://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2015/may/25/university-league-tables-2016) one of the top rankings for a University of its kind. With over 17,000 students, the University’s population takes up a great deal of the city, meaning not only the education but also the student life at Oxford Brookes is second to none.
Food courses at Oxford Brookes University
At Oxford Brookes University, food focused students are given the opportunity to study a 3 year BSc (Hons) Nutrition degree. (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/nutrition/) This specific course aims to equip students with the combination of skills needed to thrive in the nutrition and health industry, and professors make it their priority to prepare students for success in their future careers. The University in particular prides itself on being home to the UK’s first Functional Food Centre; (http://www.shs.brookes.ac.uk/research/functional-food) set up to research the role of foods in preventing chronic disease. With the brilliant facilities, support and guidance being offered at Oxford Brookes, it is clear that students studying here will come out above the rest.
Throughout the 3 years studying this food related degree, students are required to undergo a professional practice module each year. By putting what they have learnt in the classroom into practice, Oxford Brookes’ students are given the best possible experiences in order to know exactly what to expect when beginning their graduate careers. Alongside this, other modules over the years include Psychology of Food, Food Science, Functional Foods and Clinical Nutrition – this degree covers each and every important aspect of the food industry. Each area of the course is taught in various ways, from lectures and seminars to workshops and independent study, each learning style is catered for at Oxford Brookes University.
Graduates of this degree programme have gone on to pursue a variety of careers in a number of roles. Some have pursued careers in hospital laboratories, whilst others have assisted international aid and the local authorities. Specific examples of graduate jobs that recent students have pursued include becoming a dietician at a London hospital, a product developer working with an Alcopops manufacturer, and also a nutritionist working for Jamie Oliver. All students have continued to succeed since leaving Oxford Brookes, earning great salaries and maintaining huge progression.
Why choose Oxford?
Oxford (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford) is situated in the South East of England and is classed as the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom. Oxford is a major draw for tourists, with a massive 9.1 million people said to have visited in 2009.
- The city has numerous major attractions, many belonging to University and colleges
- Oxford city centre has 2 small shopping centres – The Clarendon Centre and Westgate Centre, several theatres and an ice rink
- Oxford is also home to many museums, galleries and collections – with the Ashmolean Museum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashmolean_Museum) holding works by Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso.
One of the city’s main focuses is on the 18-30 year old population, who make up around a third of Oxford’s population.
- Cowley Road is at the heart of the student community, a place where many students live and where there are multiple restaurants, bars, music venues and shops, which give the area the fresh, student feel.
- The food scene in Oxford is so huge and diverse that you will have too much to choose from. Whether its pub classics, takeaways or exotic options you want, there is something to suit all in the city of Oxford.
- Given the huge student population, Oxford is perfectly catered for in its nightlife department. With ancient pubs, student bars and clubs and big venues for bands and DJ’s, there is something for everyone.
- The O2 Academy (https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academyoxford/academyoxford) on Cowley Road is the biggest venue for live music in the area.
Sport plays a big role in Oxford, with much of the entertainment coming from the city’s sporting clubs.
- Currently playing in League One, Oxford United is the city’s leading football club.
- Oxford Harlequins RFC is the city’s main Rugby Union side.
- The city has its very own local Ice Hockey Team, the Oxford City Stars
- Rowing is hugely popular in the city of Oxford, being home to the City of Oxford Rowing Club and holding the world famous annual Boat Race.
Student life at Oxford Brookes University
University is not all about the education, but also about the social life you experience during your time away. As well as the award winning learning spaces, the Oxford Brookes campuses are home to Brookes Students’ Union. (http://www.brookesunion.org.uk) When you become a student at the University you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union, meaning someone will always be there to listen to your voice and opinions. Whether you become an officer, sit on the student council, join or run a society, there is forever a way to get involved with the Oxford Brookes student lifestyle.
Joining a society or sports club is a classic way of making new friends in the University environment. With over 60 societies to choose from, you are bound to meet someone with the same interests and passions as you. Sport at Oxford Brookes University plays a huge role in many peoples social lives. No matter the standard or ability of each student, everyone is welcome to join in with one of the 40 plus sport clubs at Oxford Brookes. ‘Brookes Sport’ also offers a range of facilities for the recreational sport members, from its modern gyms, premier climbing wall, swimming pool, fitness studios and outdoor pitches – each and every activity is catered for.
Yourfoodjob.com – Food Jobs and Careers
Choosing to go to University is not the only way to achieve a successful career in the food industry. Yourfoodjob.com is a brilliant website, full of information, used to gain the best career advice within the food industry. Our Job Board (http://www.yourfoodjob.com/jobs/) has a huge range of jobs in a mix of locations, Oxford being one of them.
Our careers advice page (http://www.yourfoodjob.com/careers/) is also available at easy access, providing the latest news and articles about the food sector, with relation to gaining experience, undergoing University courses and applying for job applications within the food businesses.
Deciding to study at Oxford Brookes University is a fantastic decision for those aspiring for a successful career within the food industry. Combining the outstanding education and facilities, with the social aspects of University life at Oxford Brookes, future students are in an extremely promising future.