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Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science

Daisy Lavington BSc Population and Geography

2017 Graduate

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In second year my course went on a fieldtrip to Ghana, West Africa to learn about using data collection methods in the field in collaboration with the University of Accra which was brilliant to see our learning come to life and to experience a completely new and different culture with the local researchers.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

This is the only university in the country that teaches demography at the undergraduate level, so the course was the main factor. Additionally, I wanted to move to a moderate sized city as I am from a rural area, so wanted to experience “city life”. However, I didn’t want to be too far from home and Southampton was a good fit being about 3.5 hours away by train or car.

What is it like studying here?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my course, and my experience has been lifted due to the academic and extra curricular opportunities available to me outside my core degree. For example, selecting optional modules from other disciplines, going on field trips, joining societies and having two part time jobs. These are the things that have helped me make a life here in Southampton, rather than just being here to study.

I love the proximity to the coast as I love the water and sailing; I am part of the sailing club and the marine conservation society.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

The joint honours course has allowed me to build strengths in both geography and demography. My degree has covered topical debates in the global context focusing on population growth, migration and globalization, which all gain regular media coverage and are the focus of many global leaders’ discussions.

I have been part of a very friendly department, with good relationships between students and lectures due to the small and close nit nature of the course.

Did you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?

Yes, throughout my degree I had the opportunity to take modules in other subject areas across the department and university. I took two UOSM modules which are available to a wide range of students from many disciplines which makes for a flexible and collaborative learning environment. Modules I chose included “The Arab World in and Beyond the Headlines” and “Intercultural Communication in a Global World”.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The facilities are good, with many libraries and study spaces, sports and arts facilities. For me the university is less about the infrastructure and more about the people who shape your time here, and everyone I have come across has positively influenced my experience.

What have been your Southampton highlights?

I have had too many highlights to mention them all, but going to two new regions of the world through my course are two of them. In second year my course went on a fieldtrip to Ghana, West Africa to learn about using data collection methods in the field in collaboration with the University of Accra which was brilliant to see our learning come to life and to experience a completely new and different culture with the local researchers. Secondly, I spent the first semester of third year abroad at Western University, Canada. Through this I gained a global perspective of higher education and made some friends for life.

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person?

My experiences throughout my undergraduate degree have helped shape me into a well-rounded, diligent and more confident person. I have gained many transferrable skills which will be attractive to employers in years to come such as data processing and report writing, and a wider knowledge and broader perspective of global issues. Finally, through my work experience and extra-curricular activities, I have discovered the career path I would like to follow and as the next step to getting there I will be pursuing the MSc Sustainability course here at Southampton next year.

What opportunities has studying at Southampton provided you with?

The careers and opportunities service is very useful and provide many workshops, careers fairs and drop in sessions throughout your time at university. Through this I found the opportunity to volunteer in China teaching English to primary school teachers, and work experience at Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, a top yacht racing team.

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