Matthew Skuse

Matthew Skuse

PhD Classics 2016

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Academically, the highlight for me would be either teaching here as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or really getting to grips with the details of my work and ideas with my supervisor over the course of the PhD, finding the bits of my subject area that I love. Socially though, the highlight has been the student balls. I’ve been here for a long time, 8 years, and I went to them more perhaps when I was in my undergraduate years than recently, but they are something that you do not often get the chance to do outside of University. 

What will you miss the most about university?

I think the other people in my department, being around the department and the staff and other students who are right there to support you.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Get involved in as much as possible. I think that this is what a lot of people say, but the more you do, the more you'll be able to see at the end of your time here that you’ve tried everything that you could have.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

At the moment I'm on a research studentship at the British School at Athens in Greece. I will be there for the rest of the year and then hopefully I will get another job in academia.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Ideally, as a lecturer in a department of Archaeology, Classics, and Ancient History.