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Biological Sciences

Charlie Wilson MSci Ecology and Conservation 2017*

Undergraduate student

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The newly built Life Sciences Building means we have a very modern, well equipped teaching and learning space which contributes a lot to the learning experience.

I chose Ecology because of my fascination with nature. I wanted to find out how the natural world worked. I also wanted to do a course that would allow me to apply this knowledge in my career. I chose Southampton due to its status as one of the highest ranking universities in the UK. It offered a course which was most tailored to what I wanted to study and which was based on the most current research and topics in science. 

The teaching staff are very supportive. In the first year, you are assigned a personal tutor who you can go to for any issues or advice. The teaching staff help us to learn in an interesting and engaging way, concentrating on current topics, meaning that you are always up to date. The newly built Life Sciences Building means we have a very modern, well equipped teaching and learning space which contributes a lot to the learning experience.

Being at Southampton has also allowed me to attend trips abroad with Ski and Snowboard Club and Windsurfing Club, all of which have contributed enormously to my university experience. My best memory was the Windsurfing Club trip to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands; it was hot, sunny and a lot of fun. The Fieldwork course to Spain during first year was one of the best field trips I've ever been on. It allowed us to experience what it’s like to carry out fieldwork in another country, studying exotic plants and animals in a beautiful and varied landscape. Once I have graduated, I want to work in an ecology/conservation role abroad. Somewhere like Madagascar, where there is a massive diversity of life. 

There is always something to do at Southampton. The huge number of sports clubs and societies means that there is always something going on, and always something new to try. I'm part of the Ski and Snowboard Club and an active part of the Windsurfing Club. The Windsurfing Club has allowed me to travel to other parts of the country, meeting new people and competing in my favourite sport. I have received multiple awards for windsurfing competitions, this year coming first in the Student Nationals, Freestyle Series category. My advice is to get stuck in. Make sure you join at least one sports club or society, there are so many there's no chance of not finding one you'll enjoy. And get a diary, your time at Southampton is a lot more enjoyable when you're organised!

*Course formerly titled MEcol Ecology.

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