Reshmy Prasad, master's students in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Reshmy Prasad

What course are you studying?

I am doing a Master in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems.

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

I wanted to do my master’s in the UK, and the University of Leeds was highly ranked for Engineering. During a visit to the UK, I got a chance to visit the university and talk to a couple of faculty members. I was very impressed with the facilities and the course structure.

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

The best aspect has been the facilities and the faculty support system. The modules cover a variety of topics and are structured in a way that balances theoretical and practical work. There is a positive learning environment. The libraries, well-equipped labs, and 24-hour computer clusters and a supportive faculty are excellent aids in encouraging learning. The support services during stressful exam times are a bonus.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

As part of the course, we have experiments and projects that require us to work independently. Simulating a wind turbine system with real-time conditions, studying photovoltaic panel characteristics developing a temperature logger using mbed are some of them. Additionally, for my final project, I am working on the optimisation of energy storage systems.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a charming, student-friendly city. The university is located in an ideal place that is away from the city buzz but still in the city. The city centre which is just 15 minutes away offers almost everything you will need. The university has a great international population, which gives you the exposure to various cultures; every festival is celebrated here with gusto.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I am hoping to have a key role in a company where I can put all the skills I gained during the course to good use. I also hope to obtain some industrial experience and improve my practical skills. Eventually, I want to be involved in providing innovative solutions to people in a sustainable way.

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

It has helped me to manage my time wisely between the academic work and social life. The assignments and projects helped me to gain in-depth knowledge on the subject and developed my problem-solving skills.

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

The university offers an excellent place to study. Get involved and make use of the facilities that are available to you wisely. The course can be tough and daunting; deadlines can scare you at the beginning but will turn out simple if you prioritise and work hard. The student office is very friendly and provides an excellent support system.