Ben Dennes

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: Data Science
Year of graduation: 2021
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

The end-of-year project was the highlight of my degree; producing novel work in an active area of research was particularly exciting. The interdisciplinary and applied nature of my project (‘computational communication studies’) made the research process especially engaging.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Chapel Choir.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

 Singing with the Chapel Choir, especially in services in the Cathedral. Singing with such a lovely, talented group of people under the excellent direction of Michael Graham has been a fantastic experience, equally fun and rewarding.

What will you miss the most about University?

Obviously many of the friendships I’ve made here will be lifelong, but there’s something special about having so many friends living in such close proximity in what is quite a small city, and I will miss that when we all move away.

What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)

 Saying yes to things, but also learning when to say no! Make the most of the multitude of amazing opportunities a university like Exeter has to offer, but learn your own limits (of time, energy etc.) and know that it’s ok to say no to things.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I’m now working as a Research Assistant in the Social & Environmental Data Analysis Lab at the University of Exeter.