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Tapiwa Maswera BSc Maths with Actuarial Science, 2014

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Hi, I'm Tapiwa Maswera and I studied BSc Maths with Actuarial Science within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

The university has done a commendable job in introducing modules that allow students to tailor their own needs. This enhances their wider skills making them much more important graduates on completion of their studies.

 Q: Why did you choose to study at Southampton?

The university of Southampton actuarial science programme is renowned world over and offers and excellent chance to obtain actuarial exemptions. Somehow, I also got attracted by Southampton as a coastal city.

Q: Are there lots of opportunities/places to socialise and relax here? (Clubs and societies)

There is great diversity in terms of clubs and societies from tennis to the circus society. The amazing thing is that every society is welcoming to everyone and there are numerous opportunities to be involved in social activities such as pub crawls which all make the university experience fun.

Q: What is your opinion about the university's efforts to increase the flexibility of degree programmes and introduce more choice for personalised learning?

The university has done a commendable job in introducing modules that allow students to tailor their own needs. This enhances their wider skills making them much more important graduates on completion of their studies.

Q: What is your opinion of support available for students on campus in terms of pastoral support, health services and student safety?

Southampton University genuinely looks out for the welfare of all of its students. Counselling services are readily available and there's a health facility on campus which is very handy. Students generally have a peace of mind in relation to safety. There has not been any incidence of concern during my time here and the security staff really has everything covered.

Q: Does the university help its students get ready for employment?

The Careers and Employability Service team has done a good job in supporting students in their preparation for employment after university. They run well planned workshops meant to sharpen students' job seeking skills. They also run a graduate passport programme which offers students' with a chance to have their wider skills developed and university recognised.

Q: The University helps students find placements and internships to complement their studies, is this a good thing?

It is a good thing as internships are vital in bridging the gap between university studies and work. It would also allow students to build on their work experience which will be vital when applying for graduate roles.

Q: What are the benefits of living in halls?

I will be spending all my three years in halls and I absolutely love it! The reason being in halls you get an excellent mixture of flat mates from different countries and courses. That way you widen your base of friends. There is a 24 hour help service in halls as well. You can literally have a chat with someone at two in the morning if you're bored.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

Personally the future is quite open for me. I have not yet ruled out further study but in the long term I'd like to pursue an actuarial career. For now, I'm looking at the near future and trying to get all actuarial exemptions as well as to make the most of my final year.  

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