Benjamin Gray

Benjamin Gray

Why did you decide to study an MSc in Energy and Environment at the University of Leeds?

After taking a few years out of education to go and work abroad, the environment became something I was passionate about. The course gave me the opportunity to further my studies in something I cared about with a platform to go on and make a difference. I ideally wanted to stay in Yorkshire, which would help me finance the course with a part time job. The University of Leeds has a great reputation and was my obvious first choice. 

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

The course covers a wide range of topics and technologies, some that are largely still underdeveloped and gives a real insight to possible future advancements. However, the course further examines the real world impacts of pollution on both a local and global level.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

The end of year research project allows for a real wide range of topics that suit your interests. I'm currently looking at the impacts of waste cooking oil as a fuel, which there is very limited research on. This makes examining the collected data more intriguing as you don't know what to expect from the results.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a vibrant city that is great for students. There is a great night life and several thousand other students in the city. There are always different events going on, you'll never get bored.

What are your ambitions for the future?

From one of the university graduate fairs I found out about several graduate schemes that were available to start from September. This degree allowed me to stand out from the other applicants to get an interview and I got on to the scheme. So I will start as a graduate engineer just 2 weeks after finishing the course.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

The course has, as expected, been a challenge. However, skills that have been invaluable and are arguably more important such as organisation and personal development have become essential. The course has given me a feeling of self-belief and determination, these are the qualities that I hope to carry on in to employment. 

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

I would recommend this course to undergraduates if they want a career in energy, especially if like myself, their background isn't in engineering or energy. There is a sufficient support network there to help if you need it and it can be incredibly rewarding.