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Alexandra Diem German, due to graduate in July 2017

PhD Complex Systems Simulation

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It’s one of the top universities in the UK, especially for engineering and I found it to be incredibly diverse, which is really important for me. In my opinion, studying is one of the best opportunities to experience a different country.

 

Why did you choose to study at the University of Southampton?

I chose to undertake my PhD at Southampton because of the opportunities provided by the Doctoral Training Centre for Complex Systems Simulation. Apart from being encouraged to independently choose and develop my research topic I was given the opportunity to present my work at a number of international conferences and organise an international conference myself.

What were your first impressions of the University of Southampton?

When I moved to Southampton the differences to the German university I was used to were quite striking. Most German universities don’t have a campus as such as they developed with the city they’re based in. The university here therefore feels a bit like its own city within the city to me, with the big Student Union, pubs and shops.

What do you enjoy the most about living in Southampton?

I mostly enjoy how easy it is to get out of the city and into the New Forest or generally the countryside. I’m a keen cyclist, so having easy access to nature is really great. The Common is also great for getting outside and playing games or having bbqs with friends in the summer. I also enjoy the diversity of micropubs that have recently popped up all over the city.

What is your favourite spot on campus?

In the summer I really like having lunch in one of the grass areas behind the Staff Club / Stags.

What has been your proudest accomplishment while you were in Southampton?

Within one year I managed to get two track cycling BUCS medals (team pursuit bronze and silver) after never having ridden on a track before, so for as long as I don’t have my PhD certificate (yet) they are my proudest achievements!

Would you recommend the University of Southampton to students from your home country?

Yes! It’s one of the top universities in the UK, especially for engineering and I found it to be incredibly diverse, which is really important for me. In my opinion, studying is one of the best opportunities to experience a different country.

What will you do with your degree after you have finished your studies?

I will try my luck in academia. I love my research, it’s challenging and never gets boring. I know it’s a tough field though, so I am also keeping my eyes open for industry opportunities.

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