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Jake Locke PhD, 2010

Postgraduate student

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Hi, I'm Jake Locke and I studied PhD within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.

I have met friendly, supportive staff and students during my MSc and having these people around makes studying at postgraduate level much easier.

I was first attracted to the University of Southampton due its good reputation, location and campus. I came to the University as an undergraduate student and obtained a BSc in Chemistry. During the final year of my BSc I conducted a project within the electrochemistry department investigating electrode materials for use in lithium ion batteries. I developed a strong interest in the research area and I enjoyed the practical and problem solving nature of the work.

I was then offered a sponsorship from an industrial partner and the opportunity to study for an MSc Chemistry via research degree. I continued studying lithium ion batteries and developed a deeper understanding of a specific area of research. I have now started a PhD and I am continuing with the research which I began during my MSc.

I decided to continue with further postgraduate study as I am interested in the subject area and plan to work in industry in the future - a PhD is a good thing to have to enable you to work at a high level within industry. I believe that a PhD gives you the opportunity to learn to independently motivate yourself to produce work to a high standard, obtain many transferable skills and to become highly knowledgeable in an area of research.

I have found postgraduate study much more enjoyable than undergraduate study. I now have the opportunity to study something that I am specifically interested in and I also enjoy the responsibility of having my own research project.

In the future I would like to work in industry and have the opportunity to travel and study part-time for an MBA.

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