peter waihenya

Peter Ndungu Waihenya

Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?

I decided to study a Masters here because it is a world-class university that is renowned for its academic excellence. I was also assured the quality of education and the modules offered under the Masters programme gave the practical and theoretical teaching that I desired.

What has been the best aspect of studying here?

Working and sharing ideas with students from across the world – each who have done different undergraduate degrees – has been the best aspect of studying this course. I have made many friends and gained interesting knowledge on different countries and cultures.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed

As part of my Enterprise Awareness module, I have interviewed a successful engineering entrepreneur from my home country. This has enabled me to relate the enterprise knowledge gained in class to what goes on in the real world.

My dissertation entails collaboration with the Leeds City Council on the capture and insightful presentation of carbon dioxide abatement measures carried out across the city of Leeds. This will assist in the strategic planning and management of the city with regards to its climate change mitigation commitments.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a vibrant, friendly and multi-cultural student city that is very welcoming. Contrary to my expectation, I was able to settle in fast and blend well with the people. Whether it’s entertainment, shopping or eating, Leeds offers some of the UK’s leading brands. 

What are your ambitions for the future?

I would like to gain experience by working with sustainable energy companies and ultimately start my own enterprise, which will provide solutions to the growing need of affordable, reliable and low-carbon energy solutions.

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

Students coming to study the Sustainable Energy Systems MSc course should expect a great learning experience. They should also expect to put in a lot of work but should know that the university has very supportive staff and departments, including the library. The university will definitely transform their lives for the better!