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Highlights of My Time at Southampton

This time 4 years ago I was celebrating my A-level results and getting a highly prestigious place at ECS. Now I am a graduate and I can’t believe where all that time has gone! I hope over this time I have been able to give you an insight in to what student life in Southampton is really like, but all good things must come to an end and this will sadly be my final blog. Continue reading →

Graduation Time

So, as I said in my last blog I had my graduation this week, and what a day it was! We were in the first ceremony of the day at a not too onerously sounding 9:30am, but given the amount of formalities that had to be completed first it actually meant a very early start, despite my family and I travelling down the day before and spending the night at the Highfield Hotel. Continue reading →

Nearly Time for Graduation!

In a couple of hours I will be heading off to Southampton for the last time (well, for now at least) for my graduation ceremony tomorrow morning. I’m really excited, but enough about that for now – I’ll write a full blog on it later once it’s actually happened! Instead, today I just plan to fill you in on various things that have happened since finishing my exams. Continue reading →

I Got a First!

I got a FIRST! Yes, that’s right; I’m now the very proud holder of a First Class Honours Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton! All the hard work has finally paid off and I really couldn’t be happier. So you know now the end of my university story, but as I haven’t written for a few months, it’s only fair I fill you in on what happened in my final ever semester. Continue reading →

A Royal Visit

During my time in Southampton I’ve been privileged to meet some very important people. Back in March 2009 the then Cabinet Minister for Science and Innovation Lord Drayson came to visit and I was asked to take part in a small round-table discussion about the state of science education in the UK. Continue reading →

GDP is finished!

A couple of blogs ago I wrote a little about my team’s group design project (GDP). Progress was going well at that point, but we still had a few weeks left of really hard work to make sure we could finish everything and get the monster of a report in on time (24000 words!). Well, I’m very pleased to say that we managed it and now I’m allowed to tell you a little more about what we were creating as well. Continue reading →

Ministerial Meeting

A few weeks ago I received a rather exciting email. I’d been asked by the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to meet the Secretary for State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk MP and brief him on the work of the United Kingdom Electronics Skills Foundation. Naturally this was something I couldn’t refuse, even though it was scheduled for the morning before our major Master’s Group Design Project was due in. Continue reading →

Group Design Project

I’ve blogged a lot recently about everything that’s happened to me outside my degree (well, actually that’s not quite true, I’ve not really blogged a lot recently, oops) so I think it’s only fair that I take a look again at what goes on inside the hallowed walls of ECS. This term I have been super-busy with the Masters Group Design Project, or GDP as it’s affectionately (?) known. Continue reading →

NMI Annual Awards

It’s not every day you get to meet the CEO of ARM. It’s not every day you get to meet the CEOs of Imagination Technologies, the NMI, Picochip and Neul along with VPs and Directors from Dialog Semiconductor, Freescale, the Minister for Business and Enterprise and many, many more. And it’s definitely not every day you get to stay in a luxury suite in the 5-star Grand Wyndham Hotel in Chelsea, a place normally reserved for Premiership footballers. Well, last Thursday was no ordinary day. Continue reading →

The end (nearly) of a special summer

The end (nearly) of a special summer Last time I posted I was approaching the end of week five of six of my summer placement in Japan. Now I have been back home for just over two weeks so I can fill you in on the rest of my time there and reflect on what an awesome experience it was. If the first five weeks were great, the final was simply phenomenal (albeit tinged with sadness that I’d soon be leaving). Continue reading →