Oabona Kangangwani

Oabona Kangangwani

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

I wanted a university that treated its students as individuals as opposed to a number. I found out that the University of Leeds did not only that but also offered a good Chemical and Materials Engineering course, of which I have always been passionate to pursue.

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

The teaching staff. They do whatever they can to help students learn and are very approachable.

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

I have completed a group project in which we were designing a plant for the production of glass. I learnt how to work well with people, come up with and share ideas, along with the importance of good communication and presentation skills.

What does the city of Leeds have to offer students?

Leeds is an awesome city to live in. It caters for everyone’s taste: those who drink and those who don’t. There are lots of pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and cinemas – just to name a few. There is an excellent transport link, so you can be at your favourite place any time you want.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I want to finish my course with a PhD, after which I’d ideally like to go back to my country and help improve the Chemical Engineering industry using the knowledge and experience I attain. I would also like to improve the standards of Chemical Engineering courses in the universities in my country.

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

The group projects offered by my course have helped improve my communication skills. I’ve also learned how to work and share ideas with different people, which will help me in my future career.

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

Be passionate and stay focused. Time management is key. Know when to do your school work and when to blow off some steam.