Student chigozirim studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng at Leeds

Ibeabuchi Chigozirim

Chigozirim studied at Oxbridge College in Lagos, Nigeria before coming to study at Leeds.

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

The two subjects I was really excited about are Math and Physics. I decided to look at courses that were closely related to those subjects. That was when I discovered Electronic and Electrical Engineering. I found out that the course had a lot of Maths, Physics and programming and I quickly became fascinated by it. I then started looking for the best universities in the UK and I saw that the University of Leeds was ranked very highly for the course and that the student satisfaction rate was also high. It became very obvious that the University of Leeds was the best choice for me. Another important factor was that The University of Leeds had a large international student community. Choosing to study in The University of Leeds has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life and I certainly do not regret my choice.

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

I have a lot of good things to say about my experiences so far. I like how all the lecturers are so dedicated to teaching the modules. They are always ready to answer any questions you may want to ask. I am currently in my second year and in the first semester I’ve been taking a lot of interesting modules. One that really fascinated me was The Mobile Applications Project Module where we were made an app for iOS. This module was certainly useful as it helped me to work creativity and improve my ability to think about ways to help people. The University of Leeds has a lot of opportunities for students to engage in. There are so many societies to join and volunteering opportunities available. There are seminars in which you can learn how to write CVs, learn how to reference properly and a whole lot more. There is also an employability suite just dedicated to students interested in working in industry. That is certainly wonderful!  The support given to students here is really extensive.

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

In my first year, I was able to implement an automotive electronics simulator with the help of C++ program. I was also part of a team of three people that made a radio-controlled buggy which was designed to meet different specifications. Currently, in my second year, I have made an app called Calorie Tracker which is supposed to work on iOS. The app was made using the Objective-C programming language. The app is basically meant to regulate the amount of calories an individual consumes in a day and measure the Body Mass Index of the individual too. The fun thing about all these projects is that you acquire new skills and your way of thinking is totally changed.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds as a city, has one of the largest student populations in the UK which makes it a very student friendly city. Leeds has a wide range of opportunities available for students. These may be social, academic or spiritual - you name it. There are a lot of museums, cinemas, theatres, clubs, pubs and bars where students hang out and they have cheaper offers for students too! There are also several shopping malls in different areas of Leeds that offer student discounts. The students union always has activities for students that go on throughout the term.  I’m not being biased but I would say Leeds is one of the best cities to live in and there is hardly a chance of you getting bored here.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Upon completing my course, I plan to specialise in Biomedical Engineering. I would like to help to invent technology which will help the medical field and improve health conditions for human beings all around the world. I would also like to work with Medical Technology companies around the world to aid in the production and distribution of medical technology in my home country, Nigeria.

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

I believe my knowledge of Electronic and Electrical Engineering will provide a strong foundation for Biomedical Engineering. I have acquired communication, critical thinking, technical and teamwork skills and these will help me a great deal. Through summer placements and internships later on the course, I will learn how to work as an Engineer in the real world.

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

I would advise that you take all the subjects you’re doing at a-level, foundation year or other qualifications seriously. Maths and Physics should be your main focus as these are the main subjects on which Electronic and Electrical Engineering is built. I would also recommend that you pay close attention to any practical classes you have because Engineering isn’t all about the theory, there is a lot of practical stuff too. In summary, you should take everything seriously because engineering as a whole is a subject that requires a lot of focus and consistency. Don’t skip any classes, don’t procrastinate, do all your assignments and you’ll be good to go.