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What our students think

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I think the department we’ve got here in Politics and International Relations is fantastic. They are very welcoming, they’ve got a great breadth of expert knowledge, and I think they are going from strength to strength in terms of the experts that are joining the team.

Rupert Bailey - BSc Politics and International Relations
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I’ve accepted a graduate position at Zurich so I’m going to be moving to Birmingham which will be a first because I’ve always lived at home so it’s going to be great. I’m being a commercial broker so I’ll be insuring large businesses.

Helen Barnes - BSc Economics
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The wonderful thing about a Southampton University degree is that the subject matter we are taught enables us to go into the workplace with confidence and we are able to apply our knowledge critically.

James Binns - Sociology and Social Policy
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...the lecturers are very approachable and convey their passion about their subjects, which makes the lectures and seminars even more gratifying.

Emily Brocklebank - BSc Anthropology
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I think one of the big advantages of coming to Southampton is that students are given so much support with their studies.

Sophie Forster - BSc Sociology,
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My course offered the perfect combination of demography and geography which focused specifically on the human aspects of global challenges.

Chloe Harvey - BSc Population and Geography
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My degree helped me to get my current role as a research analyst.....During my degree I gained a strong understanding of the statistical analysis software SPSS, a programme I now use in my job on a daily basis.

Sophie Hodson - Population and Geography
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One of my highlights was the visit to the Southampton Courts, this gave us a real insight into the legal system, which was very interesting and helped enhance my learning. As well as this I had the opportunity to climb Machu Picchu in Peru and spend 3 weeks volunteering in Malawi. These are things I never would have done had I not chose to study in Southampton.

Becky Ivell - BSc Criminology and Psychology
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The teaching is really good and makes use of varied assessment with group work and exams. The study support is very helpful and you get a real consistency of your personal tutor also being a lecturer so it is easy to get some time at the end of a lecture in addition to office hours.

Hayley King - Criminology & Psychology
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A definite highlight for me was the fieldtrip to Ghana we had in second year. We got the opportunity to study climate change in the less developed areas of the country and interact with locals to gain incredible insights into their way of life.

Will Knapman - BSc Population and Geography
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Studying at Southampton pushed me out of my comfort zone and it did push me to achieve a first class honours, something I thought was impossible after my first year.

Kenny McCarthy - BSc Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology)
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I liked the sound of the course because it was different to the basic Geography course that so many universities run and I felt that it may provide more work opportunities after graduation.

Lizzie Metcalf - BSc Population and Geography
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SUPA events offer a really good connection between students and the work place and on top of what the University already offers for careers support.

Ed Pocock - Bsc Politics
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I’ve enjoyed the lifestyle at the University. The teaching has been great, we’ve had great support through everything; which is a must when doing a course like Economics.

Alex Raikes - BSc Economics
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I was part of the university taekwondo club for my whole three years and in that time it developed to become like a new family. Without realising it societies train you to manage your time and develop a good work-life balance.

Hussain Razian - BSc Economics
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Southampton stood out for me, as the course not only seemed to touch on all the areas that had first sparked my interest in Anthropology, but also provided the opportunity to learn about other areas, such as Criminology and Sociology.

Libby Roper - BSc Anthropology,
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Studying Anthropology at Southampton really exceeded my expectations in what I thought I could achieve at a higher education level. My achievements at the university have been on both a personal and academic level; I have not only gained a real passion and enthusiasm for anthropology itself, but also gained confidence in my ability to be an independent writer and researcher.

Amy Wiles - Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology)
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I appreciate the fact that, in many modules, we have the chance to practise our transferable skills.

Yilun Yan (Ellen) - BSc Economics and Actuarial Science
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