Nigel Tadiwa Kuponandiye Vere
- Course: Electronics and Computer Engineering MEng, BEng
- Nationality: Zimbabwean
Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?
I chose to study at the University of Leeds for multiple reasons. Firstly, it is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities as well as a Red Brick university. In addition to this, the university is highly ranked in both the faculties I study in: it is one of the top in the UK for both Electronics and Computing. These factors attribute for the University’s high graduate prospects, which was the pivotal factor in choosing to study here in Leeds. In addition to this, Leeds as a city itself is one of the largest in England, situated conveniently in the centre of the United Kingdom and highly ranked for overall student satisfaction.
Why did you choose this particular course?
I chose to study Electronics and Computer Engineering as I have always had a passion for the field of technology, particularly with an interest in the telecommunications sector. My career options are limitless as I can choose from numerous speciality professions within the electronic engineering and computer science industries.
What have been the best aspects of studying your course, and why?
The best aspect of the course has been engaging with fellow classmates in my opinion. I have been fortunate to have been exposed to bright minds from all corners of the globe of many different race, faith, sex and denomination. This has allowed me to gain a different perspective of life as well as learning to work effectively with all people I encounter, in the ethos of the idea of globalisation.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed on your course?
In my first year of studies, I was part of a team of five students who were tasked to build a fully functional remote-controlled vehicle which involved the use of the knowledge that we had gained from our respective modules over the course of the year, a true reflection of a great first year at the university. The project allowed us to work in a team for the first time, introducing you to the positives and negatives of group work which is an important graduate skill to possess. Another interesting project I personally enjoyed was the interactive system we created for use using a microcontroller unit which involved using the programming knowledge gained during the first year as well as the knowledge from both the computing and electronics modules on low-level computing.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds as a city has a lot to offer to students. One finds that there is a community for all students in the city, accommodating student beliefs and interests permitting each student to also develop new interest and try new things. I would say that Leeds forces students to step out of their pre-existing comfort zones to try new things in a safe environment with other students developing one’s character further.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I intend to return to my home country God-willingly after working for some years here in the UK or in another country, with the goal of starting up my own initiative. I intend to also make a difference in Zimbabwe engaging with the youth in initiatives intended to develop skills as well as support the less privileged.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
I would say the advice I have gained from older students, as well as my lecturers and tutors, will help me in my future career as the University has offered great career guidance when it comes to life after graduating. The general quality of education that the University offers will help me in any work situation: the lecturers have made us use the same technology and methods of submissions as would be done in the workplace at a technology-orientated company.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
I would tell a future student who is interested in studying the same course that it will not be easy, but the level of support and resources offered by the University, as well as the student life, will make the process enjoyable and rewarding too.