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Chloe Kemp

BSc Archaeology with Forensic Science

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time at Exeter was receiving my final grade and feeling absolutely elated to know that all of my hard work had paid off! I had enjoyed my course so much, to then receive a Deans Commendation and win the Lady Eileen Fox Prize this was just the icing on the cake and I couldn’t believe it.

What will you miss the most about University?

I’m going to be staying at Exeter to complete a Masters so I’m not going just yet. But, I guess when I do leave I’ll miss friends and the continued support and friendly advice from the lecturers within the humanities department. Laver has been a much appreciated safe place throughout my three years.

What did you enjoy about your particular programme?

The content and module choices were second to none. I was able to choose the path I wanted to go down within my programme and in my case was able to choose the preferred forensics related modules. The programme also has an amazing practical side, including excavation, microscope use, work placements, and trips along with the usual in-class group work that keeps you focussed. The lecturers are so passionate about delivering their subject areas which really helped during the time of my dissertation.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Enjoy your programme and grab any opportunities that you are given that will make you stand out on your CV! Take the excavation and placement modules on this course as these will give you a head start in the field…Or, even get yourself an internship. Don’t stress too much about your dissertation, choose a subject area that interests you and it will definitely be worth it in the end.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I have been accepted to stay at Exeter and study a Master of Science in Bioarchaeology (Forensic Anthropology). Before this, during the summer I am undertaking a paid internship with the Historic Environment Team (HER) at Devon County Hall, under the guidance of County Archaeologist Bill Horner. I completed my placement module here and arranged to go back as I enjoyed it so much! When my course starts I am planning to contact some forensics firms with the hope of getting an internship and gaining as much experience as possible.