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Na Li MSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care 2018/19

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I plan to work in a hospital as an administrator at first, to apply what I have learned and find suitable approaches to ameliorate medical environment. After some years’ practice, I will transfer to other hospitals in different areas because medical needs and current circumstances of health care vary in Chinese provinces.


Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

The University of Southampton has a very good reputation and ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. The university is located in the south of UK, which has nice weather and is also close to London, which is convenient for travelling.

What is it like studying here?

It feels great to study at the University of Southampton where I can easily get access to plenty of learning resources. The student life team is very supportive to students, giving me a sense of security.

What is the most amazing thing you have learnt or discovered in your time at Southampton?

On my first lecture with my programme leader Richard, who said no question is the wrong one to ask, which gave me confidence in the style the course would be delivered and felt encouraged I could ask any question which needed answering.

The assignments of six modules and the feedbacks received showed me different approaches to tackle with various tasks.

Please tell us about a moment when you learnt something at Southampton, which reinforced or changed your mind about your direction in life.

The discussions we had in classes made me realize that the health sector in different countries share similar issues sometimes and it reinforced the notion that healthcare management matters in each health service.

How do you rate the study facilities at the University?

The most useful and resourceful place is the library, of course. Facilities in the library can meet all my needs. There are gyms both on campus and in halls, which is great. I really like the design of the common room for students in Building 67 where microwave, refrigerator, boiled water and sofas are accessible to students so that we can use the room during breaks when we have classes in that building.

What are you most proud of from your time at Southampton so far?

On one hand, I’m proud of making full use of time both in study and in exploring UK culture. On the other hand, making friends from different countries, many of whom share similar values and goals with me, is quite valuable.

What do you think you have gained from your studies that you wouldn’t have developed without them?

The first thing developed throughout the course is academic knowledge which gives me insights of various aspects of healthcare management. The second thing developed here is critical analysis and evidence-based skills, which is paramount not only to career development but also to lead a life.

Who has inspired you the most in your time here and why?

The first group of people that inspired me the most are the lecturers and professors within my faculty who are approachable; I received a lot of valuable advice from them. The second group of people that inspired me are my classmates who come from health services in different countries and we exchanged views on managing the health system with each other.

Have you undertaken any extracurricular activities? How have they enhanced your experience?

I joined several student societies and attended the activities which gave me a more in depth understanding of the local culture.

What will you do with your degree/research after you have finished your studies?

The degree can help me find a job relating to healthcare management in China, especially for some positions with English language requirements where I have a particular strength since I have studied abroad.

Who will you keep in touch with from Southampton once you graduate and why?

My programme leader Richard has encouraged students to keep in touch and share knowledge and experiences as we move through our career paths. Richard has expertise and a lot of resources in his field of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care.

What will you miss the most about being at Southampton once you have finished your studies?

Having come from a working background, I will miss the whole experience of being a student and campus life.

What has been the hardest aspect of studying in another country? How have you overcome the challenges?

Personally, critical analysis is the hardest to improve. I overcame this by speaking to the module leaders to ensure I provided the right approach and analysis.

How has the University helped you to adjust to living and studying in a different country?

My faculty and library resources help me a lot with study. The faculty I belong to organises special classes for our international students to help us get used to not only study but also university life. Besides, the academic skills hub and tutorials provided by the library were always helpful whenever I came across doubts.

What is the name of the scholarship or bursary you have received?


What has the funding allowed you to do/experience that you may not have experienced otherwise?

The Chevening Scholarship is an international awards programme aimed at developing global leaders provided by the UK government. There are 15 Chevening scholars from different countries and backgrounds studying in Southampton this year. Chevening provides excellent networking opportunities and holds events each month.


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