James Cowell studied BSc Physics at the University of Leeds

James Cowell

Why did you choose to study physics?

To me, physics is the study of everything. I have spent time studying things large beyond comprehension and things smaller than I can begin to imagine.

That’s why I chose physics, the variety. 

What attracted you to the University of Leeds?

Initially it was the resources made available to students that attracted me. The staff are helpful, the lectures are interesting and given by lecturers with a genuine passion about what they’re talking about and the department itself seemed to be really concerned about how their students felt about the course.

As I learnt more about the University of Leeds it became more and more attractive - the societies, the social life and the variety of courses available made the University of Leeds an exciting prospect.

Did you visit us on an Open Day? Did you find the Open Day helpful in making your decision?

I did visit Leeds for an Open Day and ultimately it was that that made my decision for me. Being able to meet the staff, current students and other prospective students was a great opportunity for me to learn more about Leeds and something I would totally recommend. 

What do you enjoy the most about your course?

Whilst I love physics and the variety of things I have had the opportunity to learn, what I have enjoyed most is learning all these things with the friends I have made on the course.

Going to lectures, working through problems and becoming good friends with many people on my course has been the best part for me.

How would you describe student life at Leeds?

The best thing about the University of Leeds is there’s something for everyone.

There are over 300 societies, and being at such a large University you are guaranteed to meet like-minded people.

The campus has so many places to spend time learning or with friends, and every time I go something different is happening, and there’s always an vibrant atmosphere around.

Are you involved in any clubs or societies?

I’m involved in the Surf Society at Leeds, as well as Physics Society (of course!). I’ve loved going to socials and I’ve been abroad with the Surf Society which was a great experience and something I’d recommend all students try get involved during their time at University.

What is Leeds as a city like?

As there are so many students, the city caters extremely well for students, from nightlife to restaurants to days out.

I’ve found that I’m never bored, which is something that's really important to me.

The city is constantly being developed, with many brand new shopping areas and everything you could need. 

What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying to the School of Physics and Astronomy?

Before applying you should really consider what you want from University. The University of Leeds was unique to me because as well as offering a fantastic degree, it offered so many more opportunities for developing myself and my employability.

If you work hard and enjoy physics then this is the place for you. University has so many opportunities, make sure you take as many as possible whilst you’re there. 

What are your plans for the future?

I’m about to go into my final year, but the thing with physics is there’s so much I could do after university!

It’s really difficult to narrow down exactly what I want to do, but I currently think something in research and development would be a really interesting job.