Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Tresa, I’m a final year undergraduate law student. Alongside my studies I’m a Student Ambassador, a Volunteer worker and a committee member of Practical Initiatives Network (PIN) Society. I came to Leeds in 2014 from Hull, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I consider myself extremely lucky to have had so many opportunities to engage with university life.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I chose to study Law to augment my knowledge of social justice, welfare and human rights. After much research, the University of Leeds was my first choice for the excellent level of legal expertise the School of Law offers and the emphasis on the practical impact of legal development. Additionally, Leeds as a city is vibrant and multicultural with so many employment opportunities, particularly in the legal sector.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
I’ve really enjoyed studying law, the course is intellectually stimulating with real life and multidisciplinary implications. I’m particularly grateful for the many events and guest lectures I have been able to attend at my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to listen and even speak to experts, professionals and MP’s. Recently, I was lucky enough to assist a Women and Equalities Select Committee meeting held in the School of Law which was a particular highlight for me.
The academic staff have been brilliant at facilitating such events, for instance the disability law module integrates panel discussions and extra-curricular ‘disability law hub’ meetings into the teaching methods. This is an excellent way of engaging with service providers and professionals, and consolidating our knowledge with practical considerations.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
The help and guidance provided by the staff here has been excellent, they’re always attentive to feedback, queries or concerns. During the exam period, the staff have been so helpful organising revision classes and uploading support materials to the VLE or module ‘discussion boards.’ Overall, throughout the year the staff have been supportive and happy to help, many of them are leaders in their field of research so their expertise is unparalleled.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The University offers a diverse range of facilities, the Law School itself is innovative, modern and build to enable accessibility. Likewise the ‘Brotherton Library’ which contains the specialist Law collections is beautifully designed with a wide range of legal resources, a computer cluster and areas to study in private or in groups. One particular facility I’ve found extremely useful are the ‘skills@library’ workshops, drop-ins and online resources. This service is one that is unique to the University of Leeds, it offers specialist writing and research assistance for students to enhance our academic skills. I’ve found it really helpful to use when writing essays and particularly my final year dissertation.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
Alongside my work as a Student Ambassador, I’ve been a committee member of ‘Practical Initiatives Network’ (PIN) Society for two consecutive years now, we work to raise awareness of global development issues and initiatives around them by organising events, appeals and ethical volunteering opportunities. My experience studying International Law and International Human Rights Law been invaluable in this regard, as I can appreciate the legal considerations and implications of development policy. Additionally, my research interest in Asylum Law enabled me to gain work experience in the Immigration and Asylum department of a large law firm over the holidays. In general, opportunities for student engagement have been abundant, I’ve learnt Level 1 British Sign Language (BSL) through the Union Sign Language Society and I’m also a member of Yoga Society and Student Action for Refugees (STAR).