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Mark Lyons-Amos PhD in social statistics and demography, 2010

Research Assistant at the Centre for Multilevel Modelling

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Hi, I'm Mark Lyons-Amos and I studied PhD in Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton.

Southampton has a vibrant postgraduate student community, which provides a broad perspective on research in the social sciences.

Q: Why did you choose to undertake your studies at the University of Southampton?

My attraction to the University of Southampton was based primarily on the research expertise of Social Sciences. In particular, the diversity of research and practical experience within the department was attractive, as it offered the potential for a well-rounded PhD project. The synthesis, through the staff, of statistical expertise with the application to social research offered me the chance to conduct my PhD in a complete research environment. The support of the staff and treatment as an equal in research was also welcoming.

Q: What did you enjoy most about studying at the University of Southampton?

A particular highlight of my time at Southampton was my involvement in wider research opportunities. Southampton has a vibrant postgraduate student community, which provides a broad perspective on research in the social sciences through informal discussions and the postgraduate student seminar series. The research centres attached to Economic, Social and Political Science also provided valuable opportunities. Through working for these centres, I was able to further my research experience, and diversify my research interests and experience beyond the focus of my PhD. The research seminar series organised by the research centres also provide the opportunity to see first-hand the research produced.

Q: What do you feel you have achieved as a result of your studies?

Since leaving Southampton, I have entered the first stages of my academic career. As a result of research experience gained during my PhD, I have been appointed as a research assistant at the Centre for Multilevel Modelling. This position has enabled me to extend my experience of social statistics to more advanced levels. My studies at Southampton undoubtedly equipped me for the technical aspects of my new role, while the experience I gained as part of the research community has equipped me for the requirements of an academic career.

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