"I first chose Leeds University because its microbiology department is one of the largest and best in the country. Once I arrived I found that the university facilities are also very good. There are 24 hour computer clusters available on campus and the library subscribes to nearly every journal that I have ever wanted to use, which is very handy.
I enjoy the fact that microbiology lectures are very research-driven. They allow you to see how the content is relevant to cutting-edge science outside the confines of university.
My final year project has been one of the highlights of the degree as it has been extremely satisfying to have a research project of my own to take responsibility for. My supervisor and host lab were amazing and were always there whenever I needed help, which was very reassuring. My personal tutor has also always been there whenever I needed advice, and all lecturers will happily answer questions about the course material. There are always people who can point you in the right direction if necessary!
I received a summer research studentship in my second year and as part of the studentship I got to attend an international conference in Montreal, Canada. It was an amazing and eye-opening experience, and also helped me with establishing contacts worldwide.
Remember, university is not just about studying – you will spend some of the best years of your life at university, so make the most out of it! The best place for a day out in Leeds is Roundhay Park, which is a short bus ride from the city centre. Also Cafe in the Campus do the best sandwiches, and the Faversham is a great place for a pint at the end of the day – both conveniently a stone’s throw from the Faculty of Biological Sciences!"