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School of Education Taught Programmes Brochure

  1. 1. Pushing the boundaries of Education. Postgraduate Taught Programmes
  2. 2. Contents In today’s complex world practitioners, managers and senior executives need to master a wide range of skills. We Studying in the School of Education 4 provide this knowledge to our students Programmes 6 and combine excellence in teaching with cutting edge research and consultancy. MA(Ed) Dissertation through Flexible Study 7 MSc Education 9 MSc Education Practice and Innovation 10 If you choose to study at Southampton, you will As a student of the School you will be taught by some of MSc Education Management and Leadership 12 work with internationally respected academics and the country’s leading researchers, providing you with MSc Education Specific Learning Differences 15 experience world-leading research as it happens. Our an exhilarating and challenging learning environment. wide selection of postgraduate taught courses offers You will have access to the latest knowledge and EdD Doctorate of Education 16 you the chance to benefit from intensive teaching while findings, presented by academics at the forefront of MPhil Research Methodology 18 building on the skills and knowledge gained during their disciplines. your first degree. Integrated PhD Programme 19 At Southampton, we are proud of our excellent The School of Education offers a range of high quality facilities and the services that we guarantee to all our Southampton 20 postgraduate degrees described in this brochure students. Whether you need advice on paying tuition The University of Southampton 22 from Education Practice and Innovation, Education fees, help finding an obscure book, access to the Management and Leadership,to Education Specific internet, a dentist, or language lessons, we have the International Students 24 Learning Differences. technology, services and resources to ensure that your Careers 26 time with us is stimulating and productive. In the latest assessment by the Quality Assurance Making an application 28 Agency, which monitors the standards of teaching in the UK, we were awarded the highest level of How to find us 30 achievement for the standard of our educational provision.2 3
  3. 3. Studying in the Programme structures: the majority our programmes consist of a set of taught modules assessed by coursework plus a final dissertation.School of Education To support your progression there are a series of dissertation studies sessions which provide you with the opportunity to approach your research in a structured way. These sessions are designed to develop study skills and a suitable plan for your independent inquiry. Full-time, part-time and flexible study Case-studies Full-time study typically follows a schedule of one or You will be presented with different case studies two evenings a week although this can vary depending that reflect the reality of decision making and on the programme. problem solving activities in today’s organisational environment. The case studies are selected to reflect Part-time study is normally based on the same the specific needs of your programme or module of timetable as our full-time programmes in a convenient study. pattern consistent with a two-year completion period. Part-time study involves an average of four evenings Learning alongside other students attendance at the School per month during term-time Throughout your time with us you will be working between October and May. A non-assessed enrichment alongside fellow students from a wide range of cultural programme can also be arranged, including attendance and geographical backgrounds. This is a powerful at our professional themes lectures and research resource and we are particularly keen to encourage seminars. you to set up learning networks with other students that may extend beyond the time of your study at Flexible study is tailored to met your needs, with Southampton. tutorials negotiated with your supervisor. You will be expected to learn to communicate with How will you learn? each other as well as your lecturers in a variety of Your understanding of the subjects covered and your contexts. During group lectures you may be given the ability to use the knowledge and skills gained will be opportunity to discuss a specific problem or complete a enhanced through a variety of methods and strategies. task in small groups, often with people who are sitting These also aim to promote continuing professional alongside you. The possible answers would be shared development. Some of the key learning approaches by the group as guided by your teacher. You will be that you will experience as a student in the School will an ‘active’ learner through taking part in small group include: discussions and offering your views on many occasions. Group work E-learning Group work is recognised as vital in your development E-learning facilities are provided through a learning when looking forward to, or continuing in, a environment called ‘Blackboard’ which enables access professional role. You will be supported in learning to many additional resources and supporting learning how to form and maintain group cohesiveness to materials. The School also provides a dedicated website achieve clearly defined outcomes, such as a report, a with links for online learning support. group presentation or a combination of both. Group work will be managed through different ways reflecting Student Support Service for Learning approaches you may well experience in the work place. We will help support your learning needs throughout In some cases you will be grouped by the lecturer and your time of study. We will provide an induction at other times you will have the task to form your own programme as well as individual support in study skills, group. where appropriate. You will also be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic development. The new School of Education Building, Highfield Campus4 5
  4. 4. Programmes MA(Ed) Dissertation through Flexible Study As an innovative and flexible alternative to a Bespoke programme traditionally taught Masters programme. The If a School, College or other body or institution ‘Flex’ offers you an opportunity to develop your has a group of staff they wish to follow a Masters knowledge and expertise, typically through programme, we would invite them to contact the independent study and small-scale research, Programme Tutor to discuss how the MA Ed by leading to your dissertation. We can accommodate Dissertation through Flexible Study may be tailored to a wide range of educational topics. You are assigned meet both the institution’s and participant’s needs. a specialist supervisor with whom you negotiate patterns of support. You need to submit a proposal Key facts with your application but we are happy to discuss Start date: Flexible start dates normally enrolling at the your ideas first if you contact us. start of the next available semester. To succeed on the ‘Flex’, you have to be highly Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year selfmotivated, have excellent organisational and study Part-time 2 Years skills and be able to work independently. Entry requirements: A good honours degree from Assessment a recognised university. Students will usually have The titles and content of your assignments are professional experience relating to their area of study. flexible and will be arrived at through discussion You will need to be able to demonstrate a disposition and agreement. While assignments are traditionally consistent with an ability to work independently in your essay based, they do not have to be, so this too can be chosen area of study. You will also need to submit an initial negotiated with your supervisor. dissertation project proposal of about 500 words. Programme structure Language requirements: See page 28 You will complete three assignments plus a Studying in the School: See page page 4 dissertation. Teaching is tailored to meet your needs through tutorials which are flexible and can be Fees: Visit the School web site arranged outside normal University hours. Small- Career destinations: Education professionals and group support can be offered if appropriate. Regular those involved in professional education and training, attendance at classes is not normally required. consultancies, organisational management, charity However, if appropriate, you may attend any of the sector, line management positions. available master’s modules offered in the School of Education. The Hartley Library6 7
  5. 5. Paul Robinson, MSc EducationMSc AlumnusI chose my course as I felt it would broaden the scope of my work as a teacher. After teaching The MSc Education currently provides two Pathway modules (choose two)Mathematics for 15 years my course provided an opportunity to learn new skills. dedicated pathways leading the award of ‘MSc MSc Education Management and Leadership Education Management and Leadership’ or ‘MSc – Management and Leadership Education Practice and Innovation’ depending on – Leadership in educationTeaching in an 11-18 School as a full-time teacher is Starting into the course I was a bit daunted by some your module selection. It is also possible to gain a – Organisation and governance of educationaldemanding and finding the additional time to study of the work but this was soon manageable. The more generic MSc Education. institutionspart-time for an MSc and still take a full role in family experiences of others on the course became part of thelife – I have three young children -needed careful learning. The amount of material that was immediately The overall aim of this programme is to examine orconsideration. Courses are held at very convenient useful was staggering and I couldn’t really put it all critically the relationship between educational MSc Education Practice and Innovationtimes over the two years and I resolved to keep my into practice at once. However, over the two years research and educational practice in a range of – Context of lifelong and work-related learningstudy for assignments to a manageable level. The my teaching was definitely enhanced and I expect to learning contexts. – Investigating innovations in learning and teachingschool I work for offers the facility to have a timetable continue to see benefits and further enhancements in – Training models and evaluation Our postgraduate programmes offer you the chance towhich allows for blocks of time to be taken for study but the future as a direct result of my course. Key facts work alongside internationally respected researchers.this did not seem necessary. The fees for the part-time Start date: Early October We offer a flexible route to a master’s degree whichcourse were very reasonable considering the amount allows practitioners to research and develop more Programme duration: Full-time 1 Yearof time and material we covered. I feel it was excellent effective practice across different areas while gaining Part-time 2 Yearsvalue. one of the above awards. Entry requirements: A first degree at first or upper Assessment second level from a UK University or equivalent Assessment will be by coursework and dissertation. qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to Programme structure supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in Common modules education or in a related professional field relevant to the (compulsory) programme – Understanding educational research Language requirements: See page 28 – Learning and teaching – Policy and curriculum Studying in the School: See page 4 – Dissertation Fees: Visit the School web site Option modules (choose one) Career destinations: Leadership positions in schools, colleges and higher education institutions, local authority – Inclusion and social justice in action advisors, advanced skills practitioners, adult education – Globalisation and internationalisation in education staff, co-ordinators of institutional development, career – Learning and digital literacies researchers, inhouse trainers, freelance educational – Mentoring and staff development consultants and key roles in governmental departments. – School effectiveness and improvement – Curriculum issues in mathematics education – A module available from within the Faculty/University8 9
  6. 6. MSc Education Practice Jonali Dasand Innovation Education AlumnusThe central theme of this programme focuses Pathway modules I was working in a secondary school as the Assistant Head Mistress. I wanted to do a post graduateon innovation across Lifelong and Work-related (choose two) course in education to improve my chances of becoming the principal of the school and I felt that Isectors. There are two broad strands covered: – Context of lifelong and work-related learning would best equip myself for this by studying in the UK. Now, having completed my study,i) policy and innovative practice and – Investigating innovations in learning and teaching I can say with all conviction that I made the right decision.ii) research and theoretical perspectives. – Training models and evaluationThe unique aspect of this course is the ability Key factsto align the course content with your own Start date: Early October I chose to enrol in the University of Southampton to situational contexts. I have an understanding ofprofessional practice. You will be able to specialise as it is among the top 100 universities of the world. curriculum issues which determine what to teach inin a number of directions through your choice of Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year (Times-QS ranking). The procedure of application was relation to local and national contexts and lastly, howoptional units and the focus of your dissertation. Part-time 2 Years simple and clear. I applied to four UK universities (all to carry out my own micro research for my school andThe School of Education has extensive research Entry requirements: A first degree at first or upper among the top 100 in the world) and received offers work.expertise in this area. You will engage in study second level from a UK University or equivalent from three. My unconditional offer from Southamptonand research in the company of internationally I became a student again after 12 years. At the qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to arrived quickly and I was able to apply early for all therespected academics. beginning I was quite apprehensive about study. The supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in necessary requirements such as a bank loan. As an structure of the course forced me to study hard butThis programme will appeal to a broad spectrum education or in a related professional field relevant to the international student I was concerned about safety and I enjoyed the study very much; which I never had inof teachers and practitioners across all educational programme security, and the guarantee of a room for international all my past 35 years. I feel like studying there for a fewsectors but particularly those in post-compulsory students in halls near the university for the whole Language requirements: See page 28 years more!education organisations. period of study was important. Studying in the School: See page 4 I hope to join as the principal of my school from theAssessment The course taught me to think critically and to find next academic session. Hopefully, with the knowledgeAssessment will be by coursework and dissertation. Fees: Visit the School web site reason and purpose for every action. The modules are and experience that I gained at the University of based on practical realities and I now understand theProgramme structure Career destinations: Educational consultants; Southampton, I will lead my school efficiently and nature, practices, and behaviour of students, teachers,Common modules senior organisational and educational practitioners; successfully, relating our school to the world view. and other stakeholder of the school, and try to act(compulsory) management positions in university, higher education, accordingly. I am better able to realise the dynamics of– Understanding educational research further education, adult education and related leaders’ behaviour, how to observe learners’ problems,– Learning and teaching postcompulsory education and training organisations. and use teaching methods which vary according– Policy and curriculum– DissertationOption modules(choose one)– Inclusion and social justice in action– Globalisation and internationalisation in education– Learning and digital literacies– Mentoring and staff development– School effectiveness and improvement– Curriculum issues in mathematics education– A module available from within the Faculty/University10 11
  7. 7. MSc Education Management Liz Perryand Leadership School of Education MSc alumnusWe place a high emphasis upon equipping our Option module My MSc was an interesting opportunity, providing me with time to reflect on my teaching and furtherstudents with the skills to engage in institutional (choose one) my understanding of current teaching and research. Being in the classroom for nine years has meantand professional development and respond to – Inclusion and social justice in action that time spent in training is often limited to a few days per year. The chance to study for a Mastersbest practice from a global perspective. This – Globalisation and internationalisation in education qualification provided consistent training outside of work hours. Having recently been promoted in myprogramme brings together the best in professional – Learning and digital literacies current school, the course increased my confidence in my role as second in the department. I was ableknowledge and practice, cutting edge research and – Mentoring and staff development to feed back my work to the leadership team in school and it helped me with the extra responsibilities Ievaluation evidence. – School effectiveness and improvement acquired. – Curriculum issues in mathematics educationThere is a focus on developing the professional skills – A module available from within the Faculty/Universityrequired to meet the challenges of continuous change The course fit into my working day well, with evening University of Southampton, I was in a good position to Pathway modulesand its potential impact upon those who manage and sessions starting after the end of the school day. I was complete the Masters qualification that was suggested. (compulsory)lead schools, public and private sector institutions, and even able to fit in revision classes for my Key Stage This meant that I gained an MSc qualification,other teachers and educational practitioners. – Leadership in education 3 students on the same day as University sessions. important for me personally as my first degree was also – Organisation and governance of educational The assignment topics were flexible and allowed a Science qualification. An MSc is unusual for coursesThe degree will enable you to develop and improve your institutions me to research my own teaching methods and often in Education, which tend to be Arts-based.knowledge, understanding and practice as educational Key facts supported my classroom work. The additionalmanagers and leaders by critically analysing and I enjoyed the teaching and hope to continue applying Start date: Early October research, although challenging at the beginning of thesynthesising national, international research and the skills I have learned. I found that researching course, became more straightforward to manage and Ipolicy, plus communicate outcomes in clear and Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year teaching methods and applying action research saw an improvement in my ability to plan, research andconvincing ways so as to enhance institutional Part-time 2 Years methods in my lessons increased my understanding write assignments. This was rewarding after so manyperformance. and the enjoyment of my job. I hope that my Entry requirements: A first degree at first or upper years at the other side of the classroom as a teacher qualification will now assist with achieving promotionAssessment second level from a UK University or equivalent and I enjoyed learning more about my subject and or finding a new job and a new role when the timeAssessment will be by coursework and dissertation. qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to articulating my ideas. comes to move on from my current job. supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in My current school promotes extra qualifications for allProgramme structure education or in a related professional field relevant to the staff, following Government recommendations and,Common modules programme having already started my Masters course with the(compulsory)– Understanding educational research Language requirements: See page 28– Learning and teaching Studying in the School: See page 4– Policy and curriculum– Dissertation Fees: Visit the School web site Career destinations: Leadership positions in schools, colleges and higher education institutions, local authority advisors, advanced skills practitioners, adult education“I have not been disappointed, the programmes are staff, co-ordinators of institutional development, career challenging, interesting and self-developmental researchers, in-house trainers, freelance educational backed by excellent teaching, support staff and consultants and key roles in governmental departments. facilities.” Philippa Hayne12 13
  8. 8. Shih-Ching Huang MSc Education Specific LearningSchool of Education Alumna DifferencesIn such a competitive world, I believe that continuing development is essential. With experience of Our programme offers strong links between real- Option module (choose one)teaching and leadership at junior high school as well as in the military, educational management has world classroom impact, current research and MSc Education Specfic Learning Differencesalways been a subject of interest to me and one I wanted to pursue further. Having compared courses theory. You will recognise that social inclusion is modulesprovided at University of Southampton with other universities, I found not only the research quality fundamental to educational principles and that – Theoretical underpinningshighly-rated, but also the curriculum content very interesting. I was convinced that in such a research current initiatives expect teachers to adopt a – Language literacy and mathematicsenvironment I would enjoy studying and obtaining the most up-to-date knowledge. flexible approach to diversity of needs. –Assessment and identification Our staff have specialist expertise, and your study will – Psychometric assessment enable you to meet the needs of dyslexic students and – Special educational needs paradigmI feel that what I gained most on my Masters develop the professional skills required to identify and (AMBDA requires successful teaching placementprogramme was the capability to conduct research. support dyslexic individuals in a variety of situations. and completion of all taught modules. ATS requiresUnder the guidance and instruction of my supervisor I successful teaching placement and completion of allacquired the skills of investigation as well as the ability Professional Practice modules analyse current educational issues. The contact and Subject to additional study and more specific entry Key factsdiscussion among international and native students requirements, a number of places may be availablebroadened my horizons and enabled me to see things Start date: Early October to support you to gain additional professionalin different perspectives. My degree is an important qualifications recognised by the British Dyslexia Programme duration: Full-time 1 Yearqualification for applying for promotion, and as a tool Association (BDA), ie Associate Membership of the Part-time 2 Yearsof persuasion for being able to participate in teacher British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) or Approvedresearch panels. Within my year at Southampton, I Entry requirements: A first degree at first or upper Teacher Status (ATS). These specialist qualificationsreceived not only a degree, but many additional values second level from a UK University or equivalent are increasingly recognised by local authoritiesand experiences that money cannot buy. qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to other employers and a range of professional bodies. AMBDA status gives teachers the knowledge, skills supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in and understanding required to assess and make education or in a related professional field relevant to the recommendations for resources and other provision. programme Assessment Language requirements: See page 28 Assessment will be by coursework and dissertation. Studying in the School: See page 4 Visit our web site for fuller details about gaining ATS or Fees: Visit the School web site AMBDA. Career destinations: Educational consultants; SENCOs; Programme structure senior management; specialist teachers. Common modules (compulsory) – Understanding educational research – Dissertation14 15
  9. 9. EdD Doctorate of Education Ibrahim Alasmari International Student AlumnusThe Doctor of Education (EdD) degree is a Key facts Before coming to the UK and continuing my postgraduate study, I worked as a lecturer and aprofessional taught doctorate preparing senior Start date: Early October teacher trainer in the curriculum and instruction department at a University in Saudi Arabia. Itprofessionals for academic, administrative or proved a challenge to get an acceptance from one of higher ranking universities in UK, but I choseresearch positions in all phases of education Programme duration: Full-time 36-48 months Southampton as I found the course was well organised and flexible enough to build my knowledgeand training in the private, public and voluntary Part-time 48-84 months and understanding in the field of curriculum and instruction, and also to help me to successfullysectors. It differs from a traditional PhD in that the Entry requirements: MA/MSc or equivalent, plus meet the institutional and professional development needs of my workplace.programme includes a substantial taught element normally at least 3 years’ professional experiencewhich allows you to develop depth in a specialism Language requirements: See page 28 There were many students attending this course fromrather than in a specific topic. different cultures, backgrounds and countries. It was aPast students have included UK and international Studying in the School: See page 4 really friendly environment that helped me to exchangemanagers in schools, colleges, universities and Fees: Visit the School web site ideas with them and to learn more about their academicpractitioners in all phases of education and training. experiences. The School of Education provided Career destinations: Educational consultants; senior excellent academic support as well as all the necessaryAssessment organisational and educational practitioners; university, resources to help students carry out their researchAssessment will be by coursework, a research thesis of higher education, further education and adult education projects. It also provided a variety of free short courses45,000 words, and oral examination. staff. that helps build your personal and professional skills.Programme structure The staff are very friendly, approachable and helpfulYear One Core Modules and their offices are open for you when you need– Data analysis anything. The great experiences and support I– Data collection received encouraged me to continue my studies in– Philosophical issues in educational research the same school, and at the same university. I would– Research skills and processes recommend the School of Education at the UniversityYear Two Modules of Southampton to any student who wants to continue(students will pursue a strand such as) their postgraduate study, and who is planning a brightStrand One: Leadership and Management and great future career.– Theories of leadership and management– Comparative and international perspectives– Management processesPlus– Thesis studies“I wished to study but required a course that would allow me to do so whilst also working full-time. I specifically did not want a course involving just management material or purely curriculum based concepts either, which a lot of Universities only offer. The EdD has been the most enjoyable, productive and enlightening University course that I have undertaken. The small group numbers within the specialism mean the course is more personal, flexible and enriching. The content and teaching of this specialism is outstanding - far more than I had ever anticipated or hoped for. I would recommend it to any person wishing to work or research in any field of Education.” Claire Elhaggagi, UK Student16 17
  10. 10. MPhil Research Methodology Integrated PhDOpen to professionals in any field, and recognised Optional Modules This programme integrates a substantial taught – Action the ESRC for the ‘1+3’ research student (choose two) element, incorporating research skills, subject- – Methodological issues in researching inclusioncompetition, our MPhil (Res Meth) is a taught – Action research specific knowledge and interdisciplinary topics, and diversityresearch degree designed to equip students, – Policy and programme evaluation research with a wide range of professional, transferable – Case study researchpolicy makers, career researchers health service – Case study research skills, and a research project leading to a PhD – Qualitative analysisprofessional and managers with research – Qualitative analysis thesis. You will receive one-to-one support from a – or a selection of modules from our other mastersresponsibilities with the methodical foundations supervisor with specialist expertise in your area. programmes Key factsand skills of social and educational research. Key facts Start date: Early October Students are drawn from a wide variety of professionalIf you want to be able to design, conduct and write up backgrounds but all will have an interest in education. Start date: Early Octoberyour own research for publication or other purposes Programme duration: Full time 24-48 months We will develop your professional knowledge and Part time 24-60 months Programme duration: Full-time 48-60 monthsthis programme will provide you with the necessary understanding in the context of educational research.skills to do so. You will gain an understanding of Entry requirements: Good honours degree Over the course of the programme, you will acquire Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a relevantthe fundamental philosophy and methodology of skills and understanding in a range of research subject; other interests/achievements will be consideredsocial and educational research, conduct and analyse Language requirements: See page 28 approaches. You will develop and extend your specialist Language requirements: See page 28research, experience critiquing different research Studying in the School: See page 4 subject knowledge. You will also gain transferablemethodologies and techniques, and acquire new skills skills designed to broaden your professional skills and Studying in the School: See page 4in presenting and communicating research to different Fees: Visit the School web site knowledge and enable you to critically apply these inaudiences. developing your own professional role and context. Fees: Visit the School web site Career destinations: Higher education andAssessment university lecturers; postdoctoral researchers; public Assessment Career destinations: Higher education and administration; teachers and operational executives. university lecturers; postdoctoral researchers; publicAssessment will be by coursework and dissertation. Assessment will be by coursework, dissertation administration; teachers and operational executives and oral examination.Programme structureCore Modules Programme structure– Research skills and processes Core Modules– Philosophical issues in educational research – Research skills and processes– Data collection – Philosophical issues in educational research– Data analysis – Data collection– Communicating and disseminating research – Data analysis– Quantitative methods – Communicating and disseminating research – Quantitative methods Optional Modules“I honestly enjoyed every minute of methodology courses, various seminars, and the discussion groups. They were not easy at all, especially the methodology courses as you are expected to produce a high standard portfolio but I found those courses extremely interesting and stimulating.” Yuka Hirano18 19
  11. 11. Southampton The bars and cafés in Oxford Street, Southampton One of the leading student cities in the UK and a major port,Southampton has centuries of history, wide open green spaces, freshair and sparkling sea views. Southampton also has plenty to keep youbusy, including its premier shopping facilities, a lively nightlife, and anabundance of sport and leisure facilities.A world port Enviably greenThis maritime city has played a significant role in Southampton fully justifies its claim to be one ofmapping today’s modern world: in 1415 Henry V’s the UK’s greenest cities and offers a wide variety offorces sailed from here to the Battle of Agincourt; in sporting and leisure opportunities, both to watchthe sixteenth century the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from and participate in. You can see football at the ‘Saints’Southampton in the Mayflower to settle in America; stadium in the city centre, catch up on county andand in World War II, the city was the embarkation point touring Test teams at Hampshire’s County Cricketfor the D-Day landings. Ground (the Rose Bowl), and enjoy some of the country’s best municipal golf courses. SouthamptonThe home port for many ocean liners, from the Common spreads across 326 acres of managedill-fated Titanic to Queen Mary 2 and more recently woodland, skirting the University campuses andIndependence of the Seas, Southampton has held a reaching deep into the heart of the city. Left to nature’sspecial place in trans-Atlantic sailing, and has been devices, the Common is a place of pure natural beauty,associated for many years with ocean racing. This peace and quiet, and a welcome respite from the hustlemajor world container port with the shoreline studded and bustle of city life.with marinas and waterfront developments is alsohome to the internationally renowned Southampton Timeless destinationsBoat Show. The New Forest National Park and sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole are just nearby. The WessexSouthampton’s history is not just dependent on the sea: region is a landscape of extraordinary beauty, withits stunning mediaeval city walls are among the best traces of ancient civilisations in every meadow andin the UK, and in the nineteenth century its reputation a spa town attracted literary figures such as JaneAusten. The city has superb transport links, with access to continental Europe by air, ferry, or train. It takesCity-slicking just over an hour to get to London by train, while theSmall enough to feel like home, yet big enough to satisfy cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury are evenall appetites, Southampton is a friendly and welcoming Over 3,400 international students study here fromaround 130 different countries, adding to the city’scosmopolitan culture.Vibrant by day and night, you’ll find that the city centreoffers enough pubs, clubs, theatres and galleries,museums and cinemas, to keep you occupied andentertained round the clock. “Southamptons a vibrant and happening city. There’s always something happening and it caters for the needs of everyone. It is truly multicultural in that sense”.20 21
  12. 12. The University ofSouthampton The Hartley University is a member of the prestigious Campus facilities University champions in sailing and windsurfing, to meet all academic conditions stated in your formalRussell Group of 20 major UK research universities and a number of our alumni competed in the Beijing offer letter and the residence application deadline. Theand is one of the top UK research universities with Campus facilities for students are among the best in Olympics. The University has its own boat-yard on the University’s Accommodation Service also has a gooda global reputation for leading-edge research and the country. The refurbished Students’ Union ensures River Itchen, close to the Wessex Lane halls. supply of shared private rented properties.innovation. a range of places to eat great food, hear top bands, see Library Getting around Southampton the latest films, and get information and advice. TheThe University of Southampton was established in Highfield Campus is home to the Nuffield Theatre,1952, and since then it has continued to grow and The Hartley library, which recently had £12 million The University’s award-winning Uni-link bus service Turner Sims Concert Hall and John Hansard Artflourish. We are ranked in the top 100 universities in extension and refurbishment, is one of the leading connects all the Southampton campuses and halls of Gallery. There are also banks, bookshop, post office,the world – one of only 17 UK universities to make the research libraries in the UK and is very well equipped. residence with the city centre and local and regional a choice of cafes and restaurants, a minimart, traveltop 100 in the World University Rankings published in Facilities include a state-of-the-art Learning Centre, transport links, including Southampton airport. centre, and a day nursery for children on campus.The Times Higher Education Supplement 2008. with consultation rooms, ‘walk in’ internet access, a Postgraduate students enjoy also the facilities of the The Students’ Union language study area with computers linked to a rangeWe have a spirit of entrepreneurship that is firmly Staff Social Centre on site. of language software, a popular café and a lounge forembedded in our culture, which helps to set us apart The Southampton University Students’ Union, known Sports facilities more relaxed study.from other universities. It is this environment that as SUSU, is run by students for students. It has an studying here a unique and exciting experience. Accommodation important role in giving a voice to the student body, The £8.5 million Jubilee Sports Centre on the Highfield as well as being the hub of the social scene at theIn the latest assessment by the Quality Assurance Campus comes complete with a 25m swimming pool,Agency, which monitors the standards for teaching Accommodation in a University hall of residence is University. badminton and squash courts, and fitness studio. Ourin the UK, we were awarded the highest level of guaranteed to all postgraduate students: for UK and EU new £4.3 million outdoor sports facilities have 8 tennis From live music, club nights, karaoke, comedy andachievement for the standard of our educational students, without dependants, for the first year of the courts, 2 floodlit synthetic turf pitches and a number international nights at SUSU’s Club nightclub, toprovision. programme only; and for overseas and Channel Islands of grass pitches. Being located on the coast, we are in a reduced-price films at our on-site cinema, there is students, without dependants, for the full normal position to offer an unrivalled range of water sports for something for everyone. duration of the programme. To qualify, you will need people of all abilities. University has fostered British22 23
  13. 13. International Students You will be warmly welcomed by an institution which values cultural diversity. With a global reputation for excellence in research and teaching, the University of Southampton attracts thousands of EU and international students from 130 countries. You will also be safe in the knowledge that, on graduating, your qualification will be recognised throughout the world. We offer a comprehensive range of support services During the induction you will also meet staff from for international students, including an International the Student Union Advice and Information Centre Office, a Student Advice and Information Centre, (SUAIC). SUAIC is where you will find the University’s International Student Advisers, and a Centre for two full time advisors and two International Student Language Study. Advisors. The SUAIC staff are available five days a week to answer (confidentially) any queries you may have on Interactive Platform issues such as loans, opening bank accounts, council tax, insurance, housing rights, working in the UK and You can listen to podcasts, send your comments to academic issues. SUAIC also provides information on YouTube, take a virtual walking tour of the University specialist food shops and useful contacts. of Southampton plus more all through our iSoton portal. Centre for Language Studies The International Office The Centre for Language Studies provides a range of English Language courses for those students who need The International Office works as a central to improve their language skills as a condition of entry. coordination point for the international activities of the University of Southampton. They are here Pre-sessional English courses (either four or eight to inform potential students and partners of the weeks) provide language tuition, study skills for University and to make the processes and experience of learning in English, and induction to UK academic and joining the University as simple as possible. social culture. The International Office can assist you with any queries Many students who have already satisfied the English you may have before you make a decision to apply or language condition of study also choose to take these come to Southampton. They can also provide you courses to get the wider benefit they offer. with details of international education fairs that the Ongoing free English language courses run also University will be attending so that you can have a face- throughout the year. Other language courses are open to-face discussion with a University representative. to all students wishing to gain a competence in another They also run the coach pick up service – Meet and language, either as part of a degree or for pleasure. Greet – so when you arrive at London’s Heathrow Practising your religion Airport over the two days just before the International Students’ Welcome programme, they will be there to People of many religious beliefs live in Southampton transport you to the University. and you may wish to become involved in a local group or a group based at the University. There is a Christian Support for International Students Chaplaincy and a Muslim Prayer Room on the Highfield Campus. SUAIC can provide information on these and To help you settle in quickly we hold an International other religious groups in the city.“I found the university gave me a lot of space to develop Students’ Induction Week for new international myself, not only in the academic areas but also in students just before the start of the academic year. other aspects like communication, contemplation and This event will help you to familiarise yourself with sports. What’s more, all the staff are very kind!” the University and to meet other students and make Wendy Nuan friends before the start of your programme.24 25
  14. 14. Kian Jhong Careers: enhance your employabilityInternational Student Alumna In the School of Education we recognise that securing a career on graduation is very important to you. To help you achieve this goal we would like to encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you thorough the School and the University.I work as a science education inspector with the Ministry of Education in Brunei Darussalam.Over the years, I became increasingly curious if students actually grasped the abstract scientific University Careers Service Careers advice is also available to former students forconcepts being taught in the classroom, or if many just ended up with misconceptions. I thought The University Careers Service offers help and advice up to three years after graduation.that if there is a way to find out, it would help teachers as well as their students achieve better to postgraduate students throughout their time atresults. I decided to pursue this, and was delighted that the Ministry agreed that this was Careers Service help desk : Southampton and beyond. There are many ways insomething worth investigating. +44 (o) 23 8059 3501 which you can benefit from their services: – Confidential, individual discussions to help you planI quickly set about looking for a suitable university and many skills, and here, the university did a good job Alumni Relations for your futurethe University of Southampton’s School of Education in helping me to build that foundation with specially We encourage our graduates to stay involved withsoon became the obvious option. Besides its reputation taught courses, workshops and seminars. Under the – An extensive online vacancy database to help you find the University as well as with each other. Our globalin education research, I liked the personal manner in expert guidance of my supervisor, who was always part-time and voluntary jobs, as well as permanent community of former students spans 147 countrieswhich the school responded. There were real people meticulous in the way she worked and warm in the way posts for graduates with 160,000 members. The Alumni Relations Officethat took an interest in what I wanted to do and she guided me, I progressed well with my research. offers a number of benefits, services and events – Opportunities to attend talks, presentationsdiscussed research ideas straightaway! It was quite across the globe. MYSOTON is an on-line portal for To me, Southampton is more that just a place where and workshops on a host of topics including (ifdifferent from the faceless administration processes University of Southampton Alumni, allowing you I studied. My husband, our little boy, and I built up a appropriate) interview techniques, mock interviewswhere applicants were treated as object that I normally to search for your friends and colleagues, a career large collection of pleasant memories to bring home. and CV writing, many led by leading employersencountered. network and generally keep in touch once your studies We enjoyed the life and environment, such as the lovely – Access to five high profile Careers Fairs which attract are completed.My experience was beyond what I had expected. The parks and pubs around. The ducks in the pond on the over 150 local, national and international graduatesupport I received from the school was incredible and university campus never failed to bring amusement to recruitersthe facilities available were just superb. To be a good our little boy.researcher, a person needs – A range of psychometric tests to increase your self awareness – Student enterprise and self employment support to help you get started if you have your own business ideas – A comprehensive careers library and careers advice to support all your career planning activities26 27