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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Harry Eady MSci Geology, 2017

Graduate Engineering Trainee at Fugro GeoServices

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Without my learning experience at the University of Southampton I definitely would not be working for Fugro – a world-leading provider of geo-intelligence. The learning method and skills developed during my time at university are highly relevant and I draw on them every day at work.

 Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

Southampton offered a very practical and thought out learning experience which suited me perfectly. The fact that Southampton offered more fieldwork than most universities – and opportunities for fieldwork abroad too -  was a big driving factor. The employment statistics of Southampton’s graduates were very good and this also played a large part in my decision.

What is it like studying here?

The course being, based at the NOC [National Oceanography Centre] offers amazing facilities and opportunities, which are hard to come by at other institutions. All the lecturers are very friendly and keen to help students develop their learning and understanding of the subject. The learning methods and skills developed during my time at university are highly relevant and I draw on them every day at work. Without my learning experience at Southampton I definitely would not be working for Fugro – a world-leading provider of geo-intelligence.

How do you rate the study facilities at the University?

All the facilities were fantastic; always having access to work online, computers and printing is a huge benefit. The National Oceanographic Library has a huge collection of highly relevant information, which is brilliant. I used the sports facilities regularly, all of which were well kept and had everything you could ever need.

What were your Southampton ‘highlights’?

My university highlights were definitely the fieldwork opportunities within my course, in particular the six week mapping programme, where I went to Bulgaria. Outside of the course, a huge part of my life was spent playing Dodgeball for which I thank the club, which I helped run, for being so much fun and welcoming.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed the fact that I could control my own learning in the fourth year and had the freedom to choose a fantastic masters project.

Did you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?

I did have the opportunity, yes. The degree programme at Southampton allows you to you shape your own degree, particularly in your fourth year. Everyone becomes so diversified with their choices as they follow what they enjoy personally the most.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

I stayed in part catered halls in first year – they were amazing. I made life-long friends who I went on to live with for the following three years. The accommodation staff were very friendly and I felt fully safe and at home at all times.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

It offers great nightlife and cheap housing; it’s perfect for students. It’s also got good links to Bournemouth and London, and the city itself a lot of fun things to do.

What one word sums up how you feel about your experiences at Southampton?

Spectacular.

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