Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I’m originally from Nottinghamshire and enrolled at Leeds in September 2013. I come from a background which is passionate about equality and was heavily involved, throughout my degree, with Leeds Students for Women International being the first male committee member.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
Being from Yorkshire heritage I was heavily encouraged to look north for University. However, I was sold on Leeds from the first open day irrespective of anything else. I wanted a large campus city university and that’s exactly what I got. With regards to the course, I was always interested in political affairs and thought that I should look to pursue this and found this particular course most aligned with my interests.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
For anyone who has an interest in politics or sociology I would heavily recommend the University of Leeds. Personally, the 'Racism and Ethnicity' and 'African politics' modules were particular highlights for me as they were diverse and unlike anything I’d ever studied before. I was also able to produce a 5000 research project which massively aided my final year project.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
For the first two years of my degree I never took full advantage of the help and guidance on offer within the School, however, during my final year at University I became a father for the first time and ever since that point I have and found the staff incredibly supportive, always available for a chat or advice.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
Since my first year at Leeds the facilities have improved dramatically. The revamped/new libraries, the new Social Science building as well as a raft of technological developments have embellished an already enjoyable experience. The facilities really are beneficial you just have to make sure you use them enough!
Have you had the opportunity to study abroad, or complete a year in industry? If so, please tell us about your experience.
I had the opportunity to complete a 'Year in Industry' as part of my degree. I worked at NHS Digital (HSCIC) in Leeds as a Business Analyst. I learnt an immeasurable amount during my time here and was lucky enough to be able to continue working their part time during my final year. It was the perfect opportunity to get out if the way any mistakes/teething problems you would otherwise encounter when leaving university. Crucially, I’m leaving university with two years working experience in a demanding industry standing me in really good stead alongside the pool of other graduates looking for work. If I could recommend only one thing about the University of Leeds it would be do a 'Year in Industry'.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I was involved with my school society during my second year and found it a really positive experience to get to know my course mates. Yet, it was my work with Leeds Students for Women International that I found the most rewarding. I was able to collaborate with some fantastic organisations and people from all over the world on projects that you could clearly your help was benefitting. Be it campaigning for menstrual health awareness for all, developing and selling cookbooks, arranging panel discussions or simply getting free popcorn it was a rewarding experience from start to finish.
Any other comments you would like to make?
If the stereotypical student experience is for you then there is nowhere better but if it isn’t my experiences in my final year is testament to the fact that all sorts of interests, needs and wants are fulfilled at the University of Leeds. There are hundreds of societies and 1000’s of people in a university which embraces diversity. The University of Leeds supports all kinds of experiences; it really is what you make of it.