Elsa Blareau

Elsa Blareau

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

I chose to study at the University of Leeds because it was one of the few universities that offered the Biology and Mathematics degree, and when I visited everyone was very friendly and welcoming and seemed passionate about the subjects they teach. I also loved the campus and the Union which has so many different societies and events.

Why did you choose this particular course?

I chose this course because I really enjoyed both subjects at school and couldn’t decide which one I wanted to pursue more than the other. Also, I believe that having an interdisciplinary degree is really important in science since all the sciences are linked: for example, many tools from mathematics are used in other sciences like biology.

What have been the best aspects of studying your course, and why?

I really enjoy studying a broad range of topics and seeing how the different sciences link. In particular, for the research projects that I am carrying out in my final year, which are both projects that cross over both the subjects that I’m studying. I really enjoy learning new things from lecturers that are passionate about their fields.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed on your course?

Over the course of my degree I have had the chance to undertake a variety of different projects from both Maths and Biology. As a final year student, I have the opportunity to work in close relation to academics on my research project, which investigates the effects of space weather on animal migration paths. This project has inspired me and taught me a whole new range of skills from coding to researching and writing scientific literature.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a great city for students, there’s something for everyone here. There’s always something going on in Leeds, for instance cultural events like the Leeds International Film Festival, or concerts ranging from big artists who play in Leeds arena, to small gigs in local pubs and cafés. There are loads of places to socialize, and no one gets left out since there are loads of restaurants that cater for all kinds of different diets.

What are your ambitions for the future?

After my degree I would like to continue being a student and study for a master’s degree in the field of ecology, which could potentially lead to studying for a PhD.

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

My experience at Leeds University has taught me a wide range of transferable skills such as coding, communication, scientific writing and presentation skills.  The independent work aspect of my degree has taught me how to solve problems using my own initiative, which is a skill that can be applied to any job. Whatever I choose to do next, I have a solid base of skills and knowledge that I can apply to a wide range of fields and jobs.

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

Studying for this course is a great experience, and although it requires a lot of work, it is very rewarding. Indeed, having a joint honours degree makes you stand out from single honours by the wide range of skills you’ll acquire. Having modules taught by different faculties opens your eyes on the different ways of teaching and working, and gives you the ability to take different approaches to solving problems.