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Chris Duncan BSc Mathematics with Economics

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Hi, I'm Chris Duncan and I studied BSc Mathematics with Economics within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

The course is really well structured and, whilst being difficult at times, it pushes me enough to keep developing my mathematical knowledge

Q: Why did you choose to undertake your studies with the University of Southampton?

I chose Southampton as it was a great mixture of the many factors I wanted from university; it has a great campus that feels really open but at the same time not vast and remote - the centre of town is only 30 minutes away on the bus and Portswood is only a 10 minute walk! The University of Southampton is also a well-respected academic institution, being one of the 20 Russell Group universities, so it has a good reputation amongst employers. The maths department seemed really friendly and well-structured when I came for an open day; it didn't seem too elite, but still maintained a good standard of study. There's also a very varied extra-curricular life at Southampton, with loads of clubs and societies being supported by SUSU, the Students' Union. This appealed to me as I knew I didn't just want to spend my entire uni life working!

Q: What do you enjoy about studying at Southampton?

There are quite a few things I like about studying at Southampton. Firstly, the course is really well structured and, whilst being difficult at times, it pushes me enough to keep developing my mathematical knowledge (even if it does sometimes feel impossible!). There's a great support system in place in the maths department in terms of tutorials that are a great way of getting help on course material, whether it needs to be submitted or not. Both lecturers and post-grad students are available to help in these sessions, so there's always someone to ask, and the post-grads are sometimes really useful at explaining things in a different way to the lecturers.

Other than academics, I love the atmosphere at the university. It's really friendly and being a relatively small campus, it has quite a community feel about it. The extra-curricular side to the uni is great too, with loads of societies being available for anyone to get involved in. I am heavily involved in Performing Arts and am a president of one of the societies. It's a great way of getting away from coursework and taking a break (and now that I'm writing my CV I've realised it's a great way of developing extra skills too).

Q: What have you been able to achieve as a result of studying at the University of Southampton?

I've developed a massive amount from studying at Southampton. I feel that it is exactly the right place for anyone who's looking for a great academic university, but doesn't want the excessive pressure of Oxbridge. I've achieved great academic results and know that my course has vastly improved my capacity as a mathematician. I've been able to gain a great amount from my extra-curricular activities and these have stood me in good stead now that I'm looking beyond university. I think that being at Southampton has allowed me to achieve a fantastic balance of academic achievement and practical skills - both of which will be very useful on my CV!

Q: Any other comments

Southampton is a brilliant place to come to university. It has a great reputation and a well-structured course, but it's definitely not all about the studying! There's loads going on all the time on campus and the university always feels very vibrant. It has a lovely feel about it and provides loads of opportunities for anyone lucky enough to come here!

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