Martin Coulter – (HSPS, 2nd Year)


FROM: Stevenage, Hertfordshire
SCHOOL SUBJECTS: English Literature, English Language, Sociology, Media studies


I chose to study HSPS because I liked the range of options available to me and the way the different disciplines crossed over. You might study one aspect of a certain thinker in sociology but then have the chance to explore their political theory in another paper. HSPS has given me the chance to understand the world and the way it works in ways I would have never had the opportunity to otherwise.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?

I would advise prospective students to take an interest in the world around them from political, social and cultural angles. Read newspapers, look up case studies, and investigate things about society that they find interesting – why does the world seem to work in a certain way? Are there other ways of looking at it?

Any specific interview advice?

In terms of preparing for interview, I would suggest making sure you are very clued up on anything you mention in your personal statement (even though I managed to forget the basis of an entire case study I had mentioned and got away with!) Just try and be yourself and get across how passionate you are about your subject. It’s not about what you know but how you think.

Has Trinity Hall lived up to your expectations?

Coming to Tit Hall has been an incredible experience and nothing can really prepare you for it. Whatever background you come from I don’t think many people are used to eating regularly in a great hall! The small year group numbers create a real sense of community among you and your peers. Although at times this can risk becoming a bit insular, there are literally thousands of opportunities for you to branch out and meet other people from across the university.

What do you do when you’re not working?

When I’m not working I like to take trips to socialise with friends, take trips to the theatre and work as one of the college’s Ents officers, organising parties and dinners. I also like being creative. I’ve recently been working on an independent student film set in Cambridge and am looking into putting on a play next term.

What’s your favourite thing about Trinity Hall/Cambridge?

My favourite thing about Cambridge is that there is always something to do. Whether it’s watching a play or a debate at the union, going out with friends or staying in and getting on with some work (even though that might be the least enjoyable of all those options) Cambridge keeps you busy and that’s something I get a lot out of.