Welcome from the Associate Dean – Faculty of Social Sciences

Dear Students,

Congratulations on what must have been a great last year for all of you.  For our Freshers, did you know that we already think you are brilliant and we’re looking forward to working with you this coming year.  For our Continuing Students, you have not only won your place here, but you have progressed through your initial studies and are well on the way to achieving your degree now.  For all of you, welcome (back) to Southampton, and good luck for the year to come.


Whilst many of you will be focussed on your own disciplines as your main point of contact, each of your disciplines sits within the Faculty of Social Sciences, and this brings you great opportunity.  You can choose from a broad set of ‘minor’ subjects, many of which come from within our own Faculty.  Alternatively, you can choose from a long list of broadening modules and option modules to complement your own discipline, many of which also come from our Faculty. This means that we actively support you in gaining a broad education to suit your interests and we are sure that there is something for everyone.


Within the Faculty, you may also like to know that there are numerous staff who have chosen the role of ensuring the quality and innovativeness of your experience at Southampton.  My role, as Associate Dean, is to provide leadership to this group of staff, developing educational strategy and ultimately overseeing all matters to do with assessment and quality. I have a commitment to ensuring the best possible student experience and, if it is working well, I will be like the duck on the pond – calm on the surface but paddling hard underwater.


In all of our endeavours, we aim to provide a distinctive flavour to our education, both when bringing students from all over the world to Southampton, and when taking Southampton to the world.  It is our hope and intention that you too will experience our different and cutting edge way of doing things, and that you will thrive and succeed in your studies and in all that University can offer you outside of your studies.  Most of all, we hope that you will be happy during your time with us. This will shine through, and your positivity will be a beacon for friends, for opportunity and for achievements. Our staff are ready and willing to help you on that journey and we will be delighted to hear from you.


For now though, welcome (back) to what we hope will be a ‘home from home’, and good luck for your year to come.

With best wishes,


Jim Anderson
Associate Dean (Education)
Professor of Mathematics

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