Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I’m 21. I am a fourth year criminology student writing my dissertation in the area of Sex Offender Treatment Programmes. I enjoy criminology but I have branched out into other areas during my university career, I have done modules in theatre, French and Canadian studies. I have a part-time job at the university as a telephone fundraiser at the Footsteps Fund. I ring alumni to try and raise money for student scholarships. I did a year abroad last year at Carleton University, Ottawa Canada.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I chose Criminology because it sounded unlike anything I had studied before and I fancied something a bit different. It sounded incredibly interesting and I was impressed at the open days I attended, by Leeds in particular. I received a friendly welcome from the staff and the Liberty building looked like a lovely place to study. I was adamant I wanted to study at a well-respected university, a Russell group if possible, and Leeds fit the bill! At the time, Leeds was also one of the few universities that could offer me a year abroad opportunity and this definitely encouraged me to choose Leeds.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
I like how small the criminology class is, it’s much more personal than I imagine another degree to be, you get to know your coursemates and lecturers well and it’s a supportive and friendly atmosphere. However, like most study abroad students, the highlight of my course for me has to be my year in Canada.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
I have always found the staff in the Law School to be very helpful – the majority of the teaching staff I have encountered are enthusiastic teachers and are happy to help with any issues I have had. The non-teaching staff are also a credit to the school, always happy to help in whatever way they can and I know that if I needed more support or guidance they would be able to help me. My personal tutor Richard is great, I can go to him with any problems I am having and he has made an effort to get to know everyone personally from the beginning – a perk of having a small course group.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
Great – the Liberty Building is bright and airy, a lovely place to have my lectures and work. The libraries are nice spaces to work in and the staff are very attentive to student’s needs. There have been a couple of occasions where the library hasn’t had the book that I needed and they have been very prompt in making a copy of the book available to me.
Have you had the opportunity to study abroad, or complete a year in industry? If so, please tell us about your experience.
As I’m sure the majority of study abroad students say, my year away was the highlight of my university career. I studied in Ottawa, Canada and had an amazing time. It was unlike anything I had done before, moving somewhere completely on my own, having to deal with -40 temperatures and navigate my way around a new academic system. It was daunting but I couldn’t be more pleased that I did it. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go travelling after my year at Carleton had finished, I spent 12 weeks backpacking around North America which was incredible.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I have been Vice President of CrimSoc this year, it was a great way to integrate myself back into life at Leeds after my year away. In fact, it’s a great way in general to integrate into the Law School. It makes it easy to meet people and you are given genuine responsibility to take care of your society. It has given me experience in how to manage a group, particularly in difficult situations where I have had to resolve issues within the society. Being a central part of CrimSoc has made me feel much more involved in the Law School, it’s a friendly, focused atmosphere and I feel very comfortable and happy here.