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 work abroad, I became passionate about the environment. This course gave me the opportunity to further my studies in something I cared about, with a platform to go on and make a difference. Ideally, I 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 the obvious first choice. 

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course?

The course covers a wide range of topics and technologies – some that are largely still underdeveloped – and gives a real insight into 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 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 the city of Leeds have to offer students?

Leeds is a vibrant city that is great for students. There is a great nightlife and several thousand other students in the city. There are always different events going on, so 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. This degree allowed me to stand out from other applicants to get an interview and I got on to a scheme. I will start as a graduate engineer just two 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 into 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 to provide help if you need it and it can be incredibly rewarding.