Hossein Dehnokhalaji, student from the School of Computing

Hossein Dehnokhalaji

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

It wasn’t a hard decision to make. Since at the time I was applying, I just searched the web looking for universities which had a high rate of student satisfaction as well as high ranking in Computer Science. And the University of Leeds appears on top of the list. I had offers from The University of Manchester, Sheffield and Surrey as well, but I found the atmosphere and facilities here much more fantastic than those of others.

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

One of the best aspects of studying Computer Science at the University of Leeds is that the material is being taught by people who are mostly experts in their field of study, and there is always a feedback loop going on, so you know that the university values your time and money. Besides, interacting with lecturers who work with companies like Google, IBM etc. or having small talks with the CEO of IMDB - and Col Needham is an absolute motivation.

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

There are some interesting research projects offered by the school of computing. I’m currently working on one of my own projects, which is an online room/house booking website where users can search through listings and book their desired one for a period of time. Also, I’ve developed an iOS app by which users can have a 3D model of anything they like, even themselves. All they have to do is to submit a couple of photos of an object and we use photogrammetry tools to convert those photos to a 3D model.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

The thing that I love about Leeds is that there’s always some interesting thing to do and you’ll never get bored. From art galleries to concerts, nightclubs to bars, events to shopping centres, you have a whole set of options to choose from. Also, in terms of careers, there are many course-related opportunities for student internships and employments.

What are your ambitions for the future?

After graduation, I’d like to return to Iran to gain more practical experience in the industry and most probably establish my own tech start-up using the invaluable knowledge I learned in the University of Leeds.

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

I genuinely believe that prospective students won’t regret coming to Leeds. Using the great materials they learn, and the employability support/advice available in the university, they will be able to apply for notable companies and hopefully be accepted. Make the most of your university life and at the same time plan ahead for your life after graduation; because, university life is so great that the only way to look back and not miss it is so much to have a really good job/life after graduation.