Costa is studying BSc Politics and International Relations. He was born and raised in South London, one of the most diverse parts of the country.

I come from a family of Greek Cypriot immigrants and my entire education pre-university was spent in under-funded faith state schools.

I always knew I wanted to go to university. The course was key for me; I was very specific in my desire to study a Politics degree that focused on policy and statistics, which the University of Exeter offered. This, the campus and the added value my degree programme offered made it a no-brainer for me. Exeter is a beautiful place to study and is provides a wonderful escape from the hectic city life I grew up with. The facilities are excellent, from the sports park, to the career zone and on-campus food outlets.

It's a huge privilege to be taught by leaders and innovators in their respective fields. My lectures and seminars are well-organised and well-taught, with the availability of extra contact time through weekly office hours giving an additional level of academic support. In the past two years, I have worked for my department through their Peer2Peer and summer school programmes and have now secured two internships through their connections.