Matt Bartlett

Matt Bartlett

BA Theology 2015

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

The award I received was for my undergrad dissertation on Social Humility in the apostle Paul's letter to the Philippian church, looking at whether Paul's consideration of it as a virtue was, as had been said before, a novel perception of it. I compared to a Greek Stoic philosopher and Jewish wisdom writer. The award means a great deal to me. Despite good academic achievements I've tend to feel as though my work is never good enough, so to think that my dissertation was actually awarded a prize brings me great joy!

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

There's been a lot of great stuff, so it was really hard to decide! But one of the best things about Exeter just has to be the Theology department itself: my colleagues, the lecturers and, of course, the Theology ceilidh which is seriously great.

What will you miss the most about University?

I'm fortunate enough to be able to keep enjoying my time at Exeter next year as I'm doing a Theology MA, but what I would miss most–probably like everyone else–are the friends you make - there are just so many great people! And I'll be sad to say goodbye to them as they leave. 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Hmm…probably…get a Waitrose card, you can get a free tea or coffee if you buy something in there and it's not all expensive! More seriously, just do what you actually enjoy–learn from me, not from the hard way like I did! Do what you enjoy and not what you think will get you the marks, because what you enjoy will (probably!) get the marks because you'll engage with it more. Oh, and do not leave your dissertation until last minute, start it in the summer before third year!

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

As I said above, I'm actually continuing at Exeter doing to do an MA, and a PhD is also a strong possibility. After that I'm considering either continuing in academia or joining Wycliffe Bible Translators, who send missionaries into tribes to learn their language and eventually produce a translation of the bible which the tribe can read, creating a sustainable church in the process.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Probably in Papa New Guinea in a forest somewhere!