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Uttam Sobha BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science, 2014

President of Actuarial Society (SUAS), 2013

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Hi, I'm Uttam Sobha and I studied BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

The diversity and abundance of clubs and societies, coupled with the vibrant student community, is what makes Southampton University one of the most sociable universities in the UK. Each and every person will find something that he or she has an interest in.

Q: Why did you choose to study at Southampton?

Southampton University is one of the top universities in the UK and in the world. Moreover, it is one of the very few universities that provide an actuarial science programme with the opportunity of obtaining a maximum of 8 exemptions from the 15 professional exams required for qualifying as an actuary. The Mathematics department is highly regarded in the UK and provides its students with a wide range of module options to choose from. The BSc Mathematics and Actuarial Science programme in particular enables students to choose from an array of modules across faculties.

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

The diversity and abundance of clubs and societies, coupled with the vibrant student community, is what makes Southampton University one of the most sociable universities in the UK. Each and every person will find something that he or she has an interest in. Furthermore, the University itself provides a broad range of activities for students to indulge in and get to know one another.

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

As I mentioned before, the flexibility of my programme was one of the reasons that fuelled my decision to come and study at Southampton University. I firmly believe that the latter’s endeavours to increase flexibility and more choice for personalised learning is the way forward and will prove to be highly beneficial to the current and future generations. Flexibility and choice in learning options enable students to broaden their horizons, develop even more skills in a wider range of subject areas and increase their employability.

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

From personal experience, I can assert that the University’s health services and student safety measures are of high standard. The students are well-informed about health and safety issues. Over and above, the University’s Health Services Centre is highly efficient, well-organised and welcoming.

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

The University’s faculties and the Careers Employability Service endeavours to provide students with multiple opportunities to increase their employability and get them ready to undertake a job. CV workshops, Skills Sessions, Mock Interviews, among others are common events open to students to all years.

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

Work experience is of a paramount importance. The job market is becoming increasingly competitive by the day and having any sort of work experience definitely works in the favour of students. These initiatives show how much the University cares not only about academic achievement, but also the professional development of their students as well.

Q: What are the benefits of living in halls?

In my opinion, halls provide a social platform where students, be it international or local, are able to meet and make life-long friends. They are very practical to live in and have excellent halls management services. Besides, halls are always lively, especially with JCRs organising events every once in a while for the residents.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

Ultimately, my plans are to qualify as an actuary, amass as much experience as possible and, eventually, enter the international consultancy platform.

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