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Sarah Marshall BSc Education

2017 Graduate

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Following on from my dissertation research into Sex and Relationships Education, I have landed a job as the manager of a charitable SRE project.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

I was looking to study a subject which led into primary teaching but also which offered depth of study and research into the theory and psychology of education. I also wanted to keep my career options open, as well as study at a reputable university (none of which offer BEds). However it was the campus and location which sold it to me in the end – all the conveniences of a city yet just a bike ride away from the New Forest, the South Downs and the coast. The campus is very green and well kept, and I never had to live more than 10 minutes walk away from where my lectures took place.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

I have especially enjoyed the freedom I have had to choose the modules I was interested in, including modules outside of my discipline, as there are only a handful of core modules. Even within certain modules there was a lot of freedom to choose what topic to focus the assignment(s) on, meaning I could tailor my learning to the areas of education I want to work in in the future.

What have been your Southampton highlights?

I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to try a range of activities that you would never get to try outside of university – from trampolining to singing. However my main form of extra-curricular involvement has been with the local church and I have so appreciated the way this has allowed me to experience far more than just the ‘student bubble’. This has allowed me to invest in and form deep friendships with people of all ages and to have a focus during my three years at university which was far more important than whatever grades I achieved.

What opportunities has studying at Southampton provided you with?

Besides societies and opportunities to gain experience in schools, the process of researching for my dissertation has linked me up with people who then provided me with the expertise, training and experience I needed to apply for my dream job.

What are your plans for the future?

I have moved to Liverpool and, following on from my dissertation research into Sex and Relationships Education, have landed a job as the manager of a charitable SRE project. I will also be continuing my art business on a part-time self-employed basis, mainly based in schools.

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