I grew up in Camden Town, North London. Before Leeds, I took A levels in Politics, English and History but my real interest was to study Politics further than school. I’ll be honest and admit to have never actually ventured further north than the M25 before coming to study at Leeds.
My motivation to study at Leeds
I remember finding the open day a perfect example of how Leeds is as a university, as well as being pleasantly surprised by the wide range of modules that are available for all undergraduates.
I settled on Leeds because it offered the most flexible, dynamic and exciting course but also because it has the best union in the country. Leeds has a reputation second to none and to this day I haven’t looked back.
There isn’t one single thing that defines my area of study, but if I had to pick one it would be the freedom to research around the subject area. This has been particularly the case in picking a dissertation topic which interests me.
I have found Politics at Leeds to be both varied and challenging. POLIS has a wide range of different modules available making the degree programme more varied. There is a wide ranging expertise of staff which makes students studying at POLIS incredibly fortunate.
I am also the POLIS School Rep so I sit on a range of school and faculty based committees. I work very closely with the Dean of ESSL, Pro-Dean of Leaning and Teaching and the POLIS Director of Student Education. I have a real say in the way things work across the University and it gives me a voice at the highest level to make sure all students views are heard and feel represented.
The University does have some excellent resources, from the Brotherton Library and its vast array of journals to the 24 hour computer clusters which can be a godsend if students leave work to the last minute. What does help is the online resources catalogue which stocks a great amount of useful literature, meaning you can access them without leaving home.
Outside of studying
Outside POLIS I get involved helping out in the Union; most recently having worked as a campaign coordinator in the 2011 student executive race which was a real challenge and a great opportunity to utilise political campaigning skills across the University.
I also ran a weekly politics show called ‘Political Animal’ on Leeds Student Radio, and in the past year have been lucky enough to interview Will Self and Nick Herbert MP amongst others.
I really enjoy the music scene in Leeds, in particular going to the O2 Academy for nights out. I also love the cinema and am always nagging people for their Orange Wednesday codes, just so I don’t have to pay the full price!
Coming to Leeds I was worried about settling in, but I have long since found Leeds to be a great place to live and study. Leeds has a unique music and club scene which caters for everyone. What is also brilliant about Leeds are the variety of independent stores scattered around the city, in particular the range of vintage clothes stores.
Adjusting to the cold weather has been a mission in itself, but possibly the most surprising is how cheap nights out are. (Absolutely not the case in London!)
I have applied to a few graduate schemes, but my interests lie mainly in Public Affairs and campaigning. Possibly a job similar to what Alistair Campbell did. It’s hard to say at the moment, honestly a Politics degree can take you pretty much any route, which is why I picked it.
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