- Course: Computer Science BSc
Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?
There were many reasons I chose to study at the University of Leeds – studying at a prestigious Russell Group university meant that I will learn and gain skills that equal professional standards. After looking at various Computer Science courses, the content of the degree at Leeds seemed challenging and relevant to modern technology. The university offers everything, from teaching all that you need for your degree, to providing support for summer/year placements, library facilities, sports facilities, societies and a very lively social life - which is another aspect that firmed my decision for Leeds.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?
Being a student with no prior knowledge of Computing, I thought I would definitely struggle with coping with the work, however, the staff and resources provided by the university have been an immense relief, and they have always pointed me in the direction to achieve top grades. The enthusiasm and support shown by the staff at Leeds motivates me to work to my fullest potential.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?
Throughout the year we had numerous exciting projects. One of the projects involved creating a program for a game that allows couples to name pairs of stars in a hypothetical universe with their names. In the Programming Project module, another one of our individual projects was to create a Library Management System, where the whole project was programmed in C language. The software designed had to store information about the books it keeps, the students who use the library and a record of books that are borrowed. As part of the Computer Processors module, we had to create a 16 – bit HACK Computer Machine using a hardware simulator. This involved implementing the components in HDL, only using NAND gates as the elementary gate.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Honestly, there’s never a dull day in Leeds. There are always events to keep you busy throughout the year. Leeds has everything from the most vibrant nightlife to free boat rides that take you to the docks where there are free museums and art galleries. There’s also something for everyone when it comes to options for food, you won’t be disappointed.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would like to undertake a placement year to apply the content taught to me in the first two years into professional roles, see how my skills can be applied in real life situations, and deepen my industrial and interpersonal skills. After graduation, I would like to work in a technology firm and work towards becoming a specialised Chartered Engineer.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
In terms of preparing for a career, the employability team at Leeds provides extended support during the whole process from checking and advising CV’s, to holding mock interviews and running career fairs. This resulted in me securing a summer Internship. The Career fairs were a brilliant opportunity to meet professionals, giving me the opportunity to network, and see what it is that they are looking for in an employee.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
Academically, you will thoroughly enjoy the course as it is challenging. Don’t shy away from any opportunities that may come your way, whether it’s an academic one or a social one.