Adam Metcalf

Adam Metcalf

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

I applied to study at the University of Leeds because it has a fantastic reputation for teaching excellence. It was consistently rated very highly. It was important to me to study at a Russell Group university where world-leading research would influence the course.

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

For me the best part has been the activities that I have been able to get involved with outside of the structured course. I was lucky enough to win an Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship, which has allowed me to perform research during the summers. These opportunities have dramatically affected my career aspirations and have directly led to my successful application to start a PhD here this September upon graduation.

Tell us about your summer internship.

I spent this summer creating self-study and lab material for the first year ‘Computers in Engineering’ module. The module introduces students to 2 programming languages which are commonly used in Engineering: LabVIEW and MATLAB.

The new content was designed to be cohesive, so that students build up a solution to an engineering problem over the course as they learn new programming concepts and become proficient in using the programming languages.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds has an active nightlife, but is also well located close to the Yorkshire Dales which is an area of outstanding natural beauty ideal for walking, climbing or caving.

What are your ambitions for the future/what are you going on to do next?

I start my PhD in September in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. I will be designing controllers for rehabilitation robotics.

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

The summer internships gave me a great insight into research as a career, and the experience directly led to my application for postgraduate study. It was especially useful that for most of my summer internships I was involved with rehabilitation robotics.

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

Fully embrace all the opportunities that present themselves. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You have to be operating outside of your comfort zone in order to grow. Finally, a good work/life balance is essential.