Plymouth Graduate School of Management - PhD student Daniel Shilcof

Why did you choose Plymouth University?

Initially, I was very attracted to Plymouth University due to its relatively close proximity to my home in Somerset, with transport links that made the commute home fast and cheap. In the application process, where I had applied and been accepted on two separate occasions, the university were very polite and helpful, which certainly made a process that seemed very daunting at the time much more pleasant and stress free! When viewing the campus for the first time, I was very impressed by the modern architecture and its location right in the centre of Plymouth, which helped ensure that there was always plenty to do.

Why did you choose this particular course at the University? What did you expect to gain from it?

I had always been interested in how money and the world worked and I thought that studying economics at university would help me figure that out. I was delighted to find an economics course at a reputable university that featured a course content that I would find interesting and would further me intellectually.

​What was your entry route to the course? 

I completed three years of college to complete extra AS/A levels to so I had decent enough grades to be accepted into a reputable university. On completing those qualifications, I went immediately into higher education by starting at Plymouth University the following September.

What was your experience of the course? Did it meet your expectations? Tell us about the good and bad bits, and how you overcame anything negative.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying at the university. The course was extremely challenging and thought provoking, providing me with the opportunity to study many diverse areas of economics. The teaching and academic material that was made available to me was very good and I couldn’t have asked for more. I enjoyed meeting, learning alongside and socialising with liked minded course mates and this was perhaps the most rewarding part of the course. In this respect, university and specifically studying economics greatly exceeded any expectations I had. The academic learning process was something I found very enjoyable; it was rewarding to apply so much independent effort to a task and have a piece of work of high quality at the end of it was particularly pleasing.

​Did you receive support, both academically and socially while you were here?

The academic support offered to me was first class. Lecturers and academic staff were very helpful and approachable, answering any problems that I had with work problems and course content. I was always made aware that career advice and support was available to me. In retrospect this is very much a service I should have made more use of as an undergraduate and I would recommend that it is used.

Did you take part in any extracurricular activities during your time here? How did these activities contribute to your student experience?

Main activities included football, otherwise I wasn’t that involved in the sports clubs and societies that were out there.

Did the course change your career goals at all?

By the end of university, I had grown to really appreciate academic work, which was certainly not something I envisaged happening at the start of the process. This made me decide that I wanted to stay in academia and perhaps move into teaching in the future.

What advice would you give to anyone else considering the same course here?

Go for it. I honestly cannot think of anything particularly negative about the Plymouth University. I would advise that university learning is definitely something where you get out of it what you put in. Hard work and a lot of perseverance will help ensure that you do well and achieve the grades that you want.