Ben Angell

Ben Angell

BA Ancient History 2015

Tell us about the award you have received today. What does this award mean to you?

I was pleasantly surprised to receive the award - finally an email informing me I've won something that didn’t turn out to be spam. I'm just glad my ability to accurately quote Greek tragedians has finally resulted in tangible financial gain.

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

I've particularly enjoyed opportunities to interact with the very latest scholarship on issues such as Greek tyranny and Romanisation, with teachers actively engaged in research.

What will you miss the most about University?

The staff in the Classics Department have been exceptional.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Approach your work with boldness and originality; you'll never find your work rewarding if you simply chase after grades without any passion. And if your tutors recognise that you've genuinely attempted to apply a fresh perspective, the marks will come anyway.

Also, don't use Blu-Tack to stick your posters to the wall. I did that, and it left marks on the paint, and so I didn't get my deposit back.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I'm beginning a one-year MA at Oxford University, with the aim of progressing to a PhD if the Funding Fairies allow it. 

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

With any luck, I'll be teaching ancient history at a top university, surveying the contemptuous faces of uninterested undergraduates whilst wishing I’d chosen a more financially rewarding career path.