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Patrick Grimes BSc Economics and Management Sciences, 2014

Deloitte

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Hi, I'm Patrick Grimes and I studied BSc Economics and Management Sciences within Social Sciences: Economics at the University of Southampton.

I used the Bloomberg computer suite for my dissertation when collating share price data for companies – it was very useful and made the whole process a lot easier.

Q: Why did you choose to study at the University of Southampton?

The University of Southampton was a top university, and had been recommended by a University alumnus. It was also a good location, with London being easily accessible. The modules offered also looked interesting, with the opportunity to take modules from different faculties.

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

The teaching quality has been good, with many good lecturers and knowledgeable teaching assistants. There is a good amount of contact time, and extra support is always available from teaching staff. There is also a good social aspect, with events regularly being put on. I played Hockey which was good fun and I was also a member of the Investment and Finance society which held events with strong external speakers. The University had a mix of good sporting and social opportunities as well as career based events.

Q: Were there any particular modules which you enjoyed?

I quite enjoyed Industrial Economics in second year which was all about gaining theory so was quite mathematical and logic based which was interesting. This was mostly theory based with coursework. We had a group project in Applied Microeconomics, which was interesting about comparing healthcare between the UK and US and as a group we had to write a group report – this tends to be quite good.

Q: What opportunities did you have as a part of the University?

In the first semester of my third year, I took part in an exchange programme and studied in Hong Kong, through a link that the Economics department has with the University of Hong Kong. I also managed to get a summer internship at the end of my first year through the university careers service, which runs a very good placement scheme.

Q: How did you find the facilities at the University of Southampton?

I used the Bloomberg computer suite for my dissertation when collating share price data for companies – it was very useful and made the whole process a lot easier. My dissertation was based around Shareholder activism and testing the effects on the increase in the share price.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

I have a job at Deloitte in London which will start in September.

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