Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I am currently completing my third year studying Criminal Justice and Criminology. Originally from Sweden but grew up in Kuwait and Dubai before moving to Leeds to start my undergraduate degree.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
The course content was the biggest selling point for me as I didn’t get the chance to travel over to the UK to look around universities before applying to them. Attending an internationally valued institute was important and the mix between Sociology, Psychology and Law was appealing.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my course but specific highlights would include the trip to Manchester Police Museum, being awarded the West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Award in my second year at university and the opportunity to get involved with the Law school through my job as Student Engagement Ambassador. Publishing my paper called Racial Hierarchies and Migrant Labour in Dubai- A critical analysis of processes of racialisation on the Mapping Global Racisms website for the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies was a definite highlight too.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
Both personally and academically, the support and help provided by the Law School is incredible. Some in particular, will go above and beyond for their students, answering any and all queries and always being happy to help. Getting the help you need is always encouraged.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The facilities around not only the Law School but wider campus is great, new things are constantly happening to make it more accessible for everyone. Students’ ideas are always taken into consideration, making your input feel valued.
Since starting at the university have you been granted any scholarships, or won any awards for example?
I won the West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board Contribution Award last year which was awarded to a student in the first or the second year of the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology who has made a significant contribution to the School of Law, resulting in me undertaking a week long placement at the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner in Wakefield. This included sitting in on a Domestic Abuse Board, visiting Carr Gate where police officers get to train in a world class facility and visiting the National VIPER Bureau which produces video identification parades.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I am a member of the Leeds Prison Reform Society, previously participated in Nightline, and undertook the QStep Summer Placement as a Research Intern which consisted of a 1 week training course in both quantitative and qualitative data which was followed by a month long placement within the Law School assessing the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines exploring the degree of consistency, discrimination and proportionality in sentencing using relatively simple statistical methods such as descriptive statistics and linear regression.