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Jake Rowland MSci Archaeology

MSci Archaeology

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Arriving at the department in my first year I was enthused by how passionate the lecturers were about archaeology and their research.

What made you choose to come and study at Southampton?

The Archaeology department had a really warm, welcoming atmosphere and it was somewhere that I really felt at home and felt a sense of belonging. The lecturers were really passionate about their subject and I felt they genuinely cared about their students.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton, and once here were these fears overcome? 

I have met some incredible people while at Southampton: from my course, societies and church, who are more like family than friends. They have made Southampton really feel like home.

What is it like studying here?

Studying at Southampton is fantastic and I have enjoyed every minute! The lecturers really want their students to achieve and genuinely care about how they are doing. There are also lots of societies and clubs to help maintain a good work-life balance.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The University has some great study facilities on all its campuses. The library has a fantastic range of books, site reports and online journal articles which can also be accessed away from the University.

What have been your Southampton highlights so far? 

Excavating at the site of Avebury as part of my degree was an amazing experience. To be the first person to hold an artefact that was last deposited by someone 5000 years ago is unique, and the memories made during those 3 weeks will stay with me for the rest of my life.

What other activities have you taken advantage of while at University?

I am part of a number of societies at the University; the Christian Union (SUCU), St John Ambulance, the hillwalking club (SUHC) and the Wilderness and Expedition medicine society. I have also been able to help with post-excavation work within the archaeology department.

Have you had any exposure to employer involvement or research-led learning during your course?

The research-lead teaching and the passion the lecturers have for their subject has really inspired me to want to pursue a career in lecturing and research.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I have really enjoyed the chance to take part in research projects in the department and the opportunity to undertake my own research as part of my dissertation.

What networking, employment and work experience opportunities have you undertaken and how have they enhanced your undergraduate experience?

I have attended a number of archaeology conferences which are a great opportunity to network with other archaeologists and learn about the forefront of archaeological research.

Do you have any idea of what you would like to do in the future?

After completing my degree, I hope to go on to undertake a PhD in Archaeology. I have been really enthused by how passionate the lecturers are about archaeology and their research, which has really inspired me to want to pursue a career in research and lecturing.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

I stayed in Archers Road Halls in my first year which were fantastic and had great facilities. I made lots friends, although the friendships which have lasted are those made through the clubs and societies I have been part of.

Do you like living in Southampton?

As someone who grew up in the countryside I really like that Southampton has lots of green spaces such as the common. The city is also only a short train journey from the New Forest.


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