Digital & Technology Solutions student Sham Datta

Shamita Datta

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

Since around Year 11 I knew I wanted to study Computer Science. It was important also to me that I could pursue a year in industry as I had big aspirations and so wanted to right experience to pursue my dreams. When attending the University of Leeds open day, I was impressed by the beautiful campus, and this amazing course. With the support provided, the variety of learning and assessment formats provided and of course the amazing PwC benefits, I could not find a downside, and still can’t today.

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

Studying this course is incredible as it allows me to learn more about a subject, I’m passionate about and lets me discuss it with likeminded people with similar interests. I have learnt more about the fluidity and complexity of Computer Science in the past year from various lecturers and even just discussions with my friends than I ever could have imagined. The University of Leeds and PwC have helped me with this as well because being a part of the PwC cohort provided me with a group of friends automatically on my course, so I didn’t have to worry about putting myself out there to make new friends. Meeting my friends before lectures and being able to go to labs with then made the University experience so much better, as I become comfortable in my own shell.

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

One of my favourite projects so far on the course has to be the Computer Processors module in Year 1 Semester 2. In this module, we learnt about how to code AND, OR and NOT gates and implement these in a hardware description language, and this helped to increase my knowledge about how each computer system works.

Another interesting project from this year is within the Software Engineering Principles module [Year 2 Semester 1]. Within this module, we have been tasked to create a type of COVID-19 Track and Trace app, which I am very excited to build and test! Realistic projects like this interest me as it helps take the learning from the lectures on my screen into a real-life situation, which is especially what we need in times like these.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

As a student coming from a big city like London, Leeds was the perfect city for me to live in. With its town centre being so close to the University, the close transport links to the rest of the UK, and the variety of shops, restaurants, bars and facilities, I could not recommend another city higher. Leeds was the perfect in between: it is a smaller city than London so I could get to know my way around quickly, but not so small that I could see everywhere quickly and there was no excitement left. 

What are your ambitions for the future?

I have quite big ambitions for the future. As a member of the PwC Flying Start programme, I will carry out my one-year placement in Year 3 of the degree, and hopefully if I achieve a 2:1, will be able to work for PwC after I have graduated. After having many PwC Engagement sessions and finding out more about the company, the specific areas of interest that I think I might pursue is either in Consulting or Digital Forensics, as both of these topics greatly interest me and will develop more in the future.

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

Being on this degree has greatly helped my future career. Additionally, meetings with people like my Personal Tutor, and even just speaking to lecturers at labs about what they’re now focusing on has helped shape the direction of my career.

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

To new students doing my course, I would say throw yourself into it! There’s so many opportunities and events around and if you participate, you never know who you’ll meet or what will come from it. You might hate some, but you also might love some. And you’ll never know which one it would be until you try it.