Hana Mandová

Hana Mandová

Why did you choose to undertake a PhD at the University of Leeds?

It was a combination of what the course offers, the current students and the facilities that the university have. Initially, I was the University of Leeds was not my first choice, but after attending the interview, I realised that I would like to spend my next 4 years surrounded by these people and be in a place like this. Since then, I have been here for 2 years and loving it each day.

Tell us about your research

My research is trying to promote the use of biomass from the waste stream in iron and steelmaking. Considering biomass as an alternative fuel raises multiple issues due to seasonal variation, costs, storage as well as variation in quality. My research tries to find a way how to overcome these problems by making steel industries collaborate with industries producing a lot of biomass waste.

What is your favourite part of doing your research at Leeds?

My favourite part of doing my research at Leeds is being surrounded with the people I work with. This includes everyone, such as my course mates, managers as well as supervisors, as everyone is so helpful and supportive.

What activities do you take part in outside of your research studies?

I have done extra work for the university such as tutorial demonstrating, exam marking or invigilating. Outside my research, I have two horses, so whenever I had any spare time I try to spend it at the stables.

What are your ambitions for the future?

After I finish my PhD, I would like to have a job that is working on energy and waste management, and encouraging the use of waste biomass for energy generation.

Do you have any advice to anyone considering coming to Leeds?

Definitely, come and visit the university and make sure you speak to someone who is doing the course you are interested in. Leeds is a great city and the university is a great place to study with loads of events, clubs and societies. You will never be bored.