Emma Higgs

Emma Higgs

Final year project: Evaluation of CoPe_it! for Individual and Collaborative Sensemaking Support 

Why did you decide to study your particular course?

I have always had a keen interest in technology, and my personal skills lie in analytical thinking. These points drove me to study Computer Science as not only would I be gaining detailed knowledge on the many different aspects of technology, but my personal skills would also be developed and strengthened. 

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I first decided to look at the University of Leeds as a potential university to study at due to it being a Russell Group university. This meant that the teaching and research would be at a very high level. I then investigated what the university offered other than excellent academic teaching. I was amazed at the wide range of societies and clubs I could join and the advice and support that was offered to all students. In particular, the support for finding a job and career support for after university was brilliant – they even support you once you have left the university! Overall I loved the student focused atmosphere of the university, and this core aspect of the University of Leeds encouraged me to study there as I knew I would always be supported and valued as a student.

What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why?

The best aspect of the course, and University, was the continual support that they offered. Weekly personal tutor meetings ensured that support was consistent and I was always engaged with my course. Additionally, the range of modules that were taught ensured that I was always experiencing a different part of Computer Science. Initially I worried that the course would be coding, coding and more coding. However modules ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Human Computer Interaction enabled me to explore different potential career paths, and also meant I was continually excited and willing to learn.

What other activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

I was involved in a few charities – predominantly I volunteered in a charity shop in the Union which was for a charity aimed at keeping Leeds tidy.

What are you doing now, what does your job involve?

I have accepted a job in Data Assurance at PwC which will involve driving clients’ business decisions through looking at their data. This could involve analysing data and reporting on it, or guiding clients on how to effectively handle and secure their data. I chose this job role as I will be continually working on different projects so it certainly will not be boring!

How did your course help/how will it help your future career?

The skills that I have developed during my course are highly desirable and transferrable in many career paths. In particular my problem solving skills and the knowledge of technology will help me in my job at PwC.

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

Expect the course to be challenging, yet very rewarding. The range of modules could seem daunting, yet the teaching staff will guide you every step of the way. Essentially be prepared to work hard and you will be fine!