"Starting my degree at the age of 23, I was both apprehensive about returning to education and unsure of how much I would benefit from the experience. The last few years exceeded all my expectations. My writing and analytical skills have been highly developed and I use them not only on university material, but also in all areas of my life.
"The departmental teaching is fantastic. The academics are inspirational and dedicated to ensuring the understanding, development and enjoyment of their students; their enthusiasm is highly infectious and we have many enjoyable and spirited debates.
"Ancient history is a fascinating field of study and this course not only explores its complex history, language, art and literature but provides solid skills of analysis, debate, organisation and communication. The skills, mental stimulation and encouragement that I have received on this course have transformed my approach to life and when I leave Royal Holloway in the summer I will be looking on to a far more challenging and exciting career than I had initially anticipated."