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Sarah Dennison MEng Acoustical Engineering, 2017

Graduate Acoustic Consultant Arup

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Southampton is one of the only universities that offer Acoustical Engineering as a course, and I really liked the campus and the feel of the uni when I looked around it at an open day.




 What was it like studying Mechanical Engineering Acoustical at Southampton?
 Academically, my highlight was my Group Design Project in the fourth year where my group designed and built a loudspeaker array for a car that allowed the driver and front passenger to listen to different surround sound audio at the same time. It was so great to see all our hard work over the year come together into a product that actually worked.

I enjoyed the variety of projects that I got to work on with different groups of people, and the small number of people on the course meant that we all got to know each other really well and become great friends.

What was life like as a student in Southampton

Outside of my course, one of my highlights was being president of the ladies cricket club for two years and I enjoyed seeing the growth and improvement in the club over that time.  I also went horse riding every week and played clarinet in the University’s concert band, which included going on tour every year to different European locations.  Being solo clarinet and playing a solo piece was something I never thought I would do!

Over my time at Southampton I became much more confident – through meeting lots of new people, being on a committee for a society and working with different people on projects. I also learnt how to manage my time well so I could get good grades, but also enjoyed my social life too and how to live independently.

My advice would be to join as many societies as you can!  I met my housemates through a society and they are also a great way to meet like-minded people and give you a break from your studies.

Definitely do a placement! Employers will be much more likely to hire you if you already have some experience, but also, it helps you decide what type of career you would like.




Sarah working on her GDP.
Sarah working on her Group Design Project in our anechoic chamber.
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