Meet our Alumni

The Class of 2016 share their memories and advice for new students at Winter Graduation...

Meet the newest additions to our alumni community. Congratulations Class of 2016!

We would love to hear what you get up to in the coming months and years, and learn about your career and achievements. Stay in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Charlotte Bean, MA English Literary Studies

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight for me has been graduating with a distinction! I didn’t get a first class degree for my undergraduate degree, which I didn’t do at Exeter. I really enjoyed it and I felt like I could do better, so I came to Exeter and I got a distinction.

What will you miss the most about university?

The general studying. I really love researching and finding out stuff that no one has ever looked into before. Also, spending time in the library!

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Work your hardest. Especially for the Masters, it is only for a year. It is hard work but it is so worth it for what you get in the end.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am a Digital Marketing assistant for a charity in Somerset. So hopefully, progressing in the marketing area.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

I don’t know, hopefully being happy with a successful career.

Hannah Field, MA Creative Writing

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Making new friends and discussing new ideas.

What will you miss the most about university?

Firehouse!

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Take your time in first year, because everyone is homesick but no one tells anyone. You are not on your own! 

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am a Content Writer for an Estate Agent and also pulling pints in my spare time.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Hopefully, I will be a full-time writer, anywhere that will have me!

Matthew Skuse, PhD Classics

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Academically, the highlight for me would be either teaching here as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or really getting to grips with the details of my work and ideas with my supervisor over the course of the PhD, finding the bits of my subject area that I love. Socially though, the highlight has been the student balls. I’ve been here for a long time, 8 years, and I went to them more perhaps when I was in my undergraduate years than recently, but they are something that you do not often get the chance to do outside of University. 

What will you miss the most about university?

I think the other people in my department, being around the department and the staff and other students who are right there to support you.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Get involved in as much as possible. I think that this is what a lot of people say, but the more you do, the more you'll be able to see at the end of your time here that you’ve tried everything that you could have.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

At the moment I'm on a research studentship at the British School at Athens in Greece. I will be there for the rest of the year and then hopefully I will get another job in academia.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Ideally, as a lecturer in a department of Archaeology, Classics, and Ancient History.

Gerard Owen, MA Translation

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time in Exeter has been the combination of lecture and seminar environment, where I had the opportunity to learn so much from academics and those studying alongside me. Another highlight has been getting involved in extra-cirricular activites outside of studying. This year just gone, I’ve served on the Student Staff Liaison Comittee, I’ve had my radio show on Xpression FM, Exeter's student radio station, and I’ve worked with the German department. So I would say the highlight has also been the way I have been able to branch out in so many ways and develop so much as a student, as a professional and as a person.

What will you miss the most about university?

All aspects of life, mainly the little things. Going to and from campus and always seeing familiar faces, and the joy it brought me every time. I would also like to mention the student discounts but it is definitely more than just that! I miss the course, the study and my course mates. But I know we formed friendships that will last for many years to come, hopefully a lifetime.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Always look out for opportunities around you and be happy with the opportunities you pursue. Be yourself because it’s by being yourself that you become your best self.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am working for the University of Exeter at the moment in Academic Development, and I am hoping in due time to branch out into Translation or Higher Education. At the moment I am translating on a limited basis, as well as a bit of voluntary freelance work. Soon I would like to move back to Austria or Germany where I spent my third year as an undergraduate student.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

I will be ten years older but I hope to still be a student! Maybe I will do a PhD in due time.

Hannah Barr, MA Theology

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

My highlight has definitely been the staff. I had a great personal tutor, Dr Siam Bhayro. It is a really lovely department with such a great atmosphere.

What will you miss the most about university?

About this university in particular, I will miss how friendly and inclusive it is.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Always go for the option that you think might be more difficult because it ends up being far more rewarding ultimately. If you take the easy route, you never really expand or broaden your horizons. I have definitely learnt the most when I have been challenged the most.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am perpetual student so I am now at Oxford doing another degree, MPhil in Christian Ethics.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Hopefully, as an academic - Dr Hannah!

Henry Bartholomew, MA English

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight for me was making new friends and particularly friends who share the same interests as me. Also, being able to really push myself to discover new fields of interest. Academia really challenged me, especially my group of friends. It’s been a fantastic experience!

What will you miss the most about university?

Not having to get up every morning at 9am! I will probably miss my friends the most but I hope to see them in the future.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Try new things and get outside your comfort zone. This is something I did a few times and really learnt from the experience.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am currently applying for a PhD at University of Exeter to continue my studies in English and Literary Theory.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

I hope to pursue a career in academia, in a university somewhere, teaching and continuing my studies. Helping other people learn and increasing the stones of human knowledge!