Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I am a second year full-time social policy student from Poland. I enjoy studying social policy at University of Leeds, but I am also interested in sociology, psychology and humanities. Also, learning about other languages and cultures is a passion of mine, everything from history and politics to music and cuisine. In my free time, I do sport and try to visit all good restaurants in Leeds.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
The University of Leeds is regarded as one of the best universities in the UK and is often on the list of world’s top universities. For this reason, I thought that future employers would be keen to employ Leeds graduates. The School of Sociology and Social Policy is also highly rated in rankings and I hope it can prepare me well for a future job.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
So far, my course is meeting my expectations and I feel positive about it. It enables me to get valuable insight into history and evolution of UK and other national welfare states and relates it with current policy debates around topics such as migration, benefit cuts or changes in higher education. We have an opportunity to look at these topics from different ideological and political perspectives and learn about different ways a new policies could be implemented. Also, my course gives me opportunity to engage with sociology, which gives a valuable background and insight for studying social policy.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
Our lecturers and seminar leaders are helpful and give advice to student when they need it. We can always go to open door and ask about an assignment, even if it is not directly related to academic work of this person. Also, staff in our school provides help and guidance with finance issues or studying abroad.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
University invests a substantial amount of money for facilities, what can be noticed right after coming to Leeds campus. All four libraries are in very good condition, with Edward Boyle Library looking brand new after being refurbished. The Edge sport centre is also full of good -quality sport equipment.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
In my first year I participated in an Intercultural Ambassador Programme, which aims to gather together home and international students and help local communities in Leeds. My project was about organising International Women’s Day for migrant and refugee communities in Leeds.
This summer I go to Wuhan, China, to take part in a Summer School. The programme is subsidised by University of Leeds and is focusing on learning Mandarin Chinese and exploring Chinese culture.