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Economic, Social and Political SciencesUndergraduate study

Becky Ivell BSc Criminology and Psychology

2017 Graduate, First Class Honours

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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.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

The fascinating lecturers I met on the open day first drew me to Southampton, but I also fell in love with the campus. There is such an inclusive vibe on campus, with a really welcoming atmosphere.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

The thing I have enjoyed the most about my course has to be the depth at which we have been able to study subjects, with extra reading available to explore the things you find most interesting. As well as this it is incredible to be taught these interesting subjects by lecturers who are passionate about what they are teaching. Not to mention the amazing, like-minded friends I have met.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The library is brilliant, with every book you could want and it is open 24/7. The staff in the library are also very helpful and approachable should you need any help. We also had the opportunity to take part in research studies, this meant we were able to see how the different Psychology laboratories work, which is fascinating.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’?

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. I also won an excellence in volunteering award for raising over £5,000, which was a really special achievement and something I would have never dreamt of before I came to Southampton. Finishing my degree, which I have loved, with a First Class degree has to have been my biggest highlight, it has rounded off my time at this incredible University perfectly.

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person?

I have a far deeper knowledge of both Criminology and Psychology, which has helped me secure a place on a Masters in Advanced Psychology. My independent study skills have really improved and I am confident in my ability to showcase my knowledge on a given subject.

I was very shy when I started at Southampton, but being at University has completely brought me out of my shell, from the very first day when I moved into halls there were students there to help us move in and settle in our new home. We had tutor group meetings and meetings with our course buddies, which helped me feel comfortable and meet new people immediately. Now I am leaving I have never felt more confident.

What opportunities has studying at Southampton provided you with?

We had constant updates of volunteering opportunities. As well as individuals who came into the Uni to explain grad job opportunities. There is an on-campus careers office and the University also host regular careers fairs. We had professionals come into our lectures and give us career advice as well as explaining which avenues our degree can take us down.

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