Sophie Day

Sophie Day

Why did you decide to study Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Leeds?

I chose to study Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Leeds as I recognised my passion for Maths and my love of Physics in a practical way, so I thought that Engineering would suit me best. Following my attendance at the open day, I gained a feel for Leeds. I live in London, so the ever changing skyline led me to research Civil Engineering, and the reputation and Open Day of the University of Leeds led to me apply.

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

The best part so far has been the Constructionarium field trip I attended at the end of second year. This involved us building a 3 storey replica of the Gherkin in London, alongside a team of 16 other students. This helped to develop my team working skills and helped to apply the theory I had learnt from the lectures. It really helped me to understand exactly how the reinforcement works in concrete, and the importance of the calculations carried out beforehand to ensure that the structure has sufficient load bearing capacity.

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

The Integrated Design project in 2nd year was one of the best projects. We designed a 5 storey building in both concrete and steel, which was very challenging yet rewarding, as it involved the application of the knowledge I had gained from the lectures. The Constructionarium field trip as before mentioned was also very exciting.

Tell us about your role in the Womens Engineering Society at Leeds?

I am the Secretary of the Student Women's Engineering Society, where I assist the president in leading the society. It is my aim that over the next several years the society will put on alot of events, increase its membership base and gain contacts within industry in order to help our members gain work placements and graduate jobs.

Personally, I hope to manage the society effectively, provide enjoyable events, gain further knowledge of the industry and make new contacts in order to help my career flourish.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds offers a fun, accessible, affordable City, with a great nightlife, cultural experiences and easy connections to other UK cities.

What are your ambitions for the future?

My ambition for the future is to work as a Consulting Engineer, with the hope to progress and become a Chartered Engineer.

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

The way in which the course applies the knowledge learnt in lectures will help me to apply the theory I have learnt, whilst the links with industry have helped me to make contacts and thus gain internships and work experience. The wide variety of societies I have joined has helped me to become a well rounded individual, through the participation in the Sailing society and Enactus, and the array of courses offered at Leeds has helped me to gain an understanding of how different people think.