Ching Lo, MEng Chemical Engineering undergraduate in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Ching Yi Lo

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

Upon finally deciding on the subject I wanted to pursue, I researched on the league table for Chemical Engineering and the University of Leeds were among the top universities. Apart from this, the opportunities provided by the union, the high teaching standard, the variety of supports targeting to help all international students, and much more, all contributed to my decision of studying at the University of Leeds. Of course, it turns out that this decision is a great one, praise the Lord!

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

The more I study around the topic of Chemical Engineering, the more I am attracted to this subject and I sincerely love this course. Knowing how chemical engineers utilise all available resources, materials and techniques in order to manufacture a product in order to meet a specific need is extremely fascinating. Knowing that someday I will be capable for doing the same thing excites me even more. All the modules taught, the projects undertaken and the practical done were all designed to equip me with knowledge and experiences before going into society.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

I have completed a number of projects throughout my study. If I am to pick one, it will definitely be my design project. This project gave an insight of what a chemical engineer will probably be doing in the industry. Also, it provided chances of applying the theoretical knowledge learned in solving problems. Apart from all these technical skills, I have also developed useful soft skills for instance team-working, time-organising, and much more upon completing the project.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds provides literally anything for your needs, whether it’s a nice restaurant for eating out or a picturesque park for a walk. The city itself has a nearby airport, the Leeds Bradford airport, which is convenient for international students like myself. Supermarkets are located everywhere therefore a quick grocery shopping is not a problem. For shopping lovers, shopping malls such as Trinity Leeds and the newly opened John Lewis is definitely one of the must-go places.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I would like to see myself actively involved in different projects aiming to satisfy needs from the society, no matter the industry I end up going into. I believe that this degree will take me to everywhere and anywhere that God intended to lead me to. I am not going to restrict myself to anything just yet.

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

The fact that I am able to interact and communicate with students from different ethnics and beliefs really helped me a lot. It opened my eyes and has given me new perspectives on how the world works. I have grown into someone who is open-minded and willing to take in advices and suggestions from everyone without being biased.

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

If you have decided that Chemical Engineering is the course you want to pursue, just go ahead with it. Don’t be scared by how people percieve engineering as an extremely tough subject. All courses are associated with some sort of complications and difficulties, which is why people are trained specifically for a role. Also, balance out your life. There is much more to explore other than studying, use this opportunity to experience something new. Don’t miss out on the chance!