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Biological Sciences

Lucy Alford MSci Ecology and Conservation*, 2017

Undergraduate student

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Southampton is world renowned for its research within the Faculty of Biological Sciences and as a Russell Group university, the lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals I have received as an undergraduate at Southampton have included relevant and up to date information and skills that I can apply to my work currently and adapt to use in future work.

Having completed Biology at A level, I found a passion for learning about the workings of our world, how and why processes occur and what the impact of these are on nature’s populations. More than anything, I wanted to be able to gain the knowledge needed to preserve and conserve our planet for the future; a degree in Ecology has allowed me to achieve this. Southampton is world renowned for its research within the Faculty of Biological Sciences and as a Russell Group university, the lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals I have received as an undergraduate at Southampton have included relevant and up to date information and skills that I can apply to my work currently and adapt to use in future work.

Studying at Southampton has a certain atmosphere and buzz around it, both within the faculty and around the whole university. The city provides a wealth of opportunities and it is a great setting for learning about Ecology with the New Forest and Hampshire coastline on our door step. The teaching staff at Southampton are fantastic! As well as providing exciting and insightful lectures and learning material, the support, encouragement and pastoral care they give has made my journey through university enjoyable and stress free.

I have been lucky to take part in numerous trips during my degree at Southampton including the first year Spanish Field Course and second year New Forest field course module. In particular, I have enjoyed our visits to Marwell Wildlife where I have learnt more about the attention to detail zoo curators must use and I have explored animal behaviour and welfare in more depth, aided by the work achieved at Marwell.

I have been a member of Union Southampton Performing Arts: Dance Society for my 3 years, participating in both Jazz and Contemporary Dance classes. I have been elected as secretary for the Jazz committee and for Pure Dance Committee as well as competing at numerous inter-university competitions. Dance at university is a great way to meet new people, take part in a new hobby or extend an existing one and overall is a fabulous way to wind down after a day of lectures! I received an EVA for Best Performing Arts Event 2016 for my role on the committee of Pure Dance- the annual dance show.

My best memories from university are the summer balls at the end of the academic year. They give students the chance to celebrate the successes we have achieved throughout the year, reflect on the times we have shared and overall relax at the end of exams. The Biological Sciences Boat Ball is a particular highlight for me as it enables everyone that you have been on your course with, for me over the past 3 years, to celebrate how far we have all come.

Once I graduate, I would like to work within the maintenance and/or running of nature reserves. A conservation based role.

*Course formerly titled MEcol Ecology.

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