Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Elizabeth Bell

BA Economics and Politics | 2013-2016

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I am 21 years old and currently studying Politics and Economics. I am from York and I studied Politics, French and Economics ‘A’ levels at a fantastic state school in York. I work part time at Waitrose alongside university and I am also on my local Parish Council which allows me to experience grassroots politics and get involved within the community. I am living in York in my third year because I don’t have many contact hours each week. 

What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you choose Leeds?

I first applied to study Politics and Sociology because I loved ‘A’ level politics and was interested in the social sciences. However, on results day I did very well in Economics so decided to swap to Politics and Economics as I really enjoy the theory behind economics and the two courses (Politics and Economics) go hand in hand. I felt studying Economics would be more beneficial to my future aspirations and fortunately Leeds allowed me to change courses. I decided to study at Leeds because not only does it have the prestiege of Russell Group University, but it continuously does well in university rankings. It is a vibrant city which offers a great social life, which really appealed to me.

What do you think of your course? Have there been any particular highlights for you?

I thoroughly enjoy studying Politics and Economics at Leeds as the two courses complement each other in so many ways. Being able to balance my work load between two courses means I never get bored of doing just one subject. There is not only a huge choice of modules for both Politics and Economics, which means I have really been able to personalise my course and focus on the subjects I find most interesting, but the core modules I had to take ensured that I now have a wide range of knowledge about both Politics and Economics. Some of the highlights include the variety of talks that both LUBS and POLIS put on for students which are often highly relevant and interesting. Being taught by esteemed professors and teachers who are clearly passionate about their subject creates a fantastic learning environment, both in lectures and seminars.

How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?

The help and guidance provided by the staff within both POLIS and LUBS is unfaultable. There are a multitude of workshops and advice sessions for everything you can imagine from essays to doing a year abroad. Tutors reply to emails promptly and offer weekly office hours, where they discuss any problems you might be having with a theory or reading, and much more. The school itself sends emails about placements and graduate opportunities they think are relevant which is clearly useful for all students. The undergraduate offices for both POLIS and LUBS are consistently polite and helpful, and willing to communicate with each other to ensure student satisfaction.

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

The facilities at the University are usually first class. The new library is spacious and modern. There is a lot of investment going into the University at the moment which will help to improve the facilities further. The online facilities such as online journals and lecture capture are fantastic. They ensure that all students are able to access materials and look back over lectures just before exams or coursework deadlines.

Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?

I completed a summer internship at Nestle in the Human Resources Department. I visited the careers department who gave me lots of advice on how to improve my CV and also coached me one on one for both an interview and presentation for an assessment centre. The internship was insightful and gave me a thorough introduction into human resources and Nestle as an employee. The ten weeks I spent at Nestle were fascinating and although I ultimately decided not to pursue a career in HR, what I learnt from my internship was invaluable. 

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