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Support from both his employer and the University of Portsmouth have been key in enabling Jeremy to gain a first-class degree.

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Portsmouth taught me a lot about self-learning, how to control my time, and that if you work hard there are rewards.

I have a BA (Hons) Architecture - ARB/RIBA Part 1 from The University of Kent and undertaking the Architect Degree Apprenticeship (Master of Architecture and Professional Practice) MArch is the natural progression for someone wanting to be an architect. And I wanted to do it without becoming further financially indebted. 

Essential support

I work at RDJW Architects in Crawley as an Architectural Assistant Part 1. Along with government funding, they support me in my studies towards becoming an architect via a degree apprenticeship. The support network from work helped dramatically, especially in the beginning. As I did the course part time, I developed a prepared work ethic to enable me to manage my time effectively.

Alongside work and study, I undertake multiple hobbies such as golf, shooting, painting, meeting friends and watching films. I read, however I prefer books that are collective, such as biographies of an architect’s work. Most of my hobbies are shared between myself and my two brothers, and we use the hobbies to meet up and connect as we all live in different locations.

Portsmouth was recommended by friends as a university that does things in a much more practical and real-world applicable way, and was in a good location to home and work. Though administering a tough professional subject such as Architecture, the University always aims to help students overcome dilemmas and achieve their goals.

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Portsmouth seemed to be uniquely centred around student health and well-being, which makes the University a friendly and accepting environment. The University is particularly good at making sure all students have a fair chance to succeed and that they understand their tasks.

Jeremy Ali, Master of Architecture and Professional Practice MArch

Ahead of the crowd

My advice for anyone thinking of studying here is don't be afraid to push yourself and be the hardest worker in the room. A Master’s degree is about honing your professional edges before going out into industry permanently. You can form new skills and understanding, giving you distinct advantages when you leave.

I'm moving on to finish Part 3 next. In the future I’d like to become an architect and possibly a director of my own firm. I’d also like to pursue design awards and competitions as I feel they offer professional architects prominence in the industry.


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