Graduates from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Department of Computer Science tell us how they feel to graduate and reflect on their time at Bath:
“It’s a delight to see the students enjoying the day after all their hard work,” said Dr Wharton. “Thanks to the placement during their year abroad, which complements their classroom experience, they’ve got the skills to go straight into the workplace and start the next stage of their lives.”
Liana Birkett, from Poole, (left of Dr Wharton) said: “My four years at Bath were probably the best of my life. I had an incredible year abroad in Paris and Steve Wharton was an inspirational director of studies and lecturer. I was on placement at HSBC in Paris for 12 months which was an incredible experience. I’m about to start an internship in marketing in London before applying for a graduate scheme next year. I have very fond memories of my time at Bath and would definitely recommend the University to anyone.”
Harriet Micallef (left) and Hege Reistad, from Norway, both graduated with a degree in International Management and Modern Languages with French. “It feels amazing to graduate today: an out of body experience!” said Harriet. “Bath is an amazing place to learn.” Hege, wearing traditional Norwegian costume, added “It feels surreal. I can’t believe today is actually here and that our four years have gone so quickly.” Harriet will be taking up a position in digital marketing based at Broadgate Tower in the City.
Toby Ayre, from Maidenhead, graduated with a degree in Computer Science with Business. He said: “I’m very excited to be here. It’s definitely a big milestone in my life. It’s been a very good four years and I did a placement year as well which I really enjoyed, at IBM. It was one of the reasons I chose Bath and I’m so pleased I did. I’m starting at a management consultancy in London in November which I’m really looking forward to.”
His mother, Sandra, said his family were tremendously proud of him: “He’s worked really hard for his degree and got a lot more out of university life than just the study. It’s been a well-rounded experience and he’s enjoyed living in Bath. Although the University’s up on a campus he’s been part of city life as well. We’re really excited about the future ahead for him.”
Matthew Vosper and Beatrice Yau both graduated with a BSc (hons) in International Management and Modern Languages with French. “It’s been four years and we did it!” said Beatrice. “It’s as simple as that! It’s brilliant. Can’t believe we did it. We’re high on adrenaline!” Beatrice will be returning to her home country of Hong Kong and is planning to work in an international firm.
“It’s just pure joy really today,” added Matthew. He will be taking up a post at the National Audit Office in London, to train as a chartered accountant.
(l-r) Psychology graduates Hannah Wiseman, Dina Themistocleous and Gemma Barry.
“The ceremony was really nice and the Abbey was a beautiful venue,” said Dina. “I’ve had an amazing time at Bath and I’m staying on to start a PhD in Occupational Health.”
Zuzana Karlubikova’s parents travelled from Slovakia to watch her graduate with a degree in IMML with German. Her father, Roman, said: “We feel so proud of her. It’s been a long goal of four years, and we have been supporting and encouraging her in her studies.”
Zuzana is leaving Bath to start a Masters degree in strategy and management. She said: “If my time at Bath was a film it would be a flashback, it went so fast. You don’t realise lecture by lecture the progress you’re making. To be here today is very rewarding.”
Martin Churchill received a PhD in computer science and will be taking up a post doctorate position at Swansea University. He said: “Bath is a very nice university and so is the Department of Computer Science. It’s a very friendly university and I’ve had a great time.”