Stephen sat outside the Charles Thackrah building

Stephen Lewis

Why did you choose Leeds University Business School? 

I chose Leeds University Business School because of two major factors. The first of which being the variety of teaching methods employed by the Business School. Outside of the standard lecture-seminar structure, there were other methods that took a more collaborative approach which emphasised practical application by having students work together to solve real and current economic issues. From this, I knew that I'd be engaged and take part in more active learning. 

My second reason for choosing the Business School was that it boasts a high student employability rate which was important to me as I looked beyond university. By having the Business School so tightly knit with the Careers Service, I knew I would have the ability to seek out any assistance should I need it throughout my studies. Thus far, they have been very helpful indeed and it has been a rewarding experience. 

What do you enjoy most about your studies? 

The degree structure of the Business School is quite flexible which gives you a lot of room to pursue a variety of interests and try new things. Having the freedom to explore topics outside my degree not only gave me a wider perspective but also helped me to appreciate my core studies as well. Personally, I have taken modules in Portuguese, Sport, and Consulting, each of which has taught different ways of working that I have continued to use. 

Coupled with the depth of each module, this makes for a very unique experience that you can tailor to your interests. 

Have you taken up any of the extra opportunities available to you? 

There are loads of extra opportunities available to you in a variety of different areas at the University of Leeds. I was a member of the Karate Club, representing the University at the BUCS tournament, and later becoming the Secretary of the club. In my second year I became a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) Mentor to first year students, offering them educational support. 

Both of these experiences were very rewarding. I was able to meet loads of new people, help others and try to leave a lasting impression on the University and those I worked with in my own way. 

How has your experience been with the facilities, the staff, your peers and the student union? 

Overall, I can say that there is a real sense of community and support from the staff, peers and Leeds University Union. Leeds covers every possible level of support you may need whether that be academic, personal or wellbeing.  

Leeds University Union is a staple for students and is the go-to place for anything University related, be it support, shops or somewhere to sit with friends. 

What do you think of Leeds and the surrounding region? Where is your favourite place to go in the area? 

Leeds is a wonderful city with lots to explore. Because of the variety of sights and activities, it can be whatever you make of it. One of my favourite places to go is Woodhouse Moor. At just the right time, you can catch the sunset and see the buzzing student community that Leeds is known for. 

What are your career aspirations? Do you think the experience and skills you will gain from your degree course will help you in your future career plans?

I am still open to a variety of careers but my interests lie in economic policy and consulting. I'd like for my work to make a difference. 

My university experience would definitely benefit these career plans. I've gained hard skills relating to research and analytical software, as well as soft skills like communication and team work through group projects. 

Would you recommend the Business School to others who are considering studying here? 

I would definitely recommend studying at the Business School. You'll be able to explore your passions and may even discover new ones throughout your journey, all while benefiting from excellent support. Not forgetting it’s a lot of fun too! 

If you are not from the UK, how was the transition to a foreign country? Did the University offer support or services that you found helpful? Can you offer any advice? 

Initially the transition was difficult, especially given the time difference I was facing (5 hours!). However, it got easier over time and it was great to have a personal tutor in my first year that understood the difficulty and even gave me some tips.  

My bit of advice would be to just put yourself out there. There will be many other students facing the same circumstances so it's best to just get stuck in!