- Course: BSc Biochemistry
- Nationality: Hong Kong
Why did you choose the University of Leeds?
University of Leeds is undeniably a well-respected institute within the Russell Group that has very high academic standards and abundant learning resources to support students. In addition, Leeds has a well-balanced campus life, as well as one of the best student unions among all universities within the UK to make student life easier and smoother.
Why did you choose to come to Leeds University to study your course?
University of Leeds provides impeccable learning experiences and research resources for students pursuing their passion in biological sciences. We are supported in developing scientific advances, and making an impact by taking the lead on tackling many of the world’s problems. Being a high calibre research led institute, University of Leeds has shaped me into a well-rounded individual and has prepared me to pursue my passion in the pharmaceutical field, and ultimately help improve overall health care standards in the world.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The study of biochemistry has more detail than an artist’s masterpiece. The depth involves observing and understanding things at a cellular level and unravelling the mysteries behind human health. Some people despise the detail, but it is something I thoroughly enjoy. Not only does it sharpen my senses as an individual, I also enjoy overcoming learning challenges and adapting my knowledge into tackling current and future issues within the healthcare industry.
What has been the best aspect of studying at the University of Leeds and why?
Diversity and student unity; Human advances can never be conducted alone. The University of Leeds provides a diverse environment with people from all walks of life. We are able to influence each other to stimulate creativity and thinking differently. Students support each other to promote learning and ‘thinking outside the box’ to distinguish us to be the best.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?
We have been conducting many projects to develop fundamental scientific research skills, as well as delving into understanding major and current issues in pharmaceutical developments. As a class, we have finished an aspirin development project in individuals in an attempt to understand how aspirin interacts with the body at a molecular level. We tried to comprehend the concept of mutating potential pharmaceutical drugs to produce different levels of effect. For instance, to remove aspirin’s side effects or to improve and make aspirin to be more selective.
How have you found life in Leeds?
I find student life in Leeds very balanced, and it contains a bit of everything for students to explore themselves. The University itself is a respected, quiet environment bursting with academic excellence and pride in athletics. The histories of academic accomplishments have been marked on the walls of exquisite looking old buildings and newly developed research centres. On the other hand, just 5 minutes down the road of the campus is the hustle and bustle of the city centre, with modern shops mixed into ancient architecture, as well as a friendly vibe for student nightlife.
Are there any significant differences between studying at Leeds and Hong Kong?
Having studied in Canada, the UK and Hong Kong, I have witnessed many differences between places and I am appreciative of the diversity I had experienced. University in Asia seems to be more focussed on academics than developing students into well-rounded individuals. Hong Kong is a world known concrete jungle, and campus life is comparatively small and less balanced when it is contrasted to universities within the UK.
As an international student tell us about how staff support has helped you throughout your time at university?
I was fortunate enough to have experienced so much diversity before my entrance to University of Leeds. Being very adventurous myself, I was able to receive guidance on settling down and purchasing needed materials to make my life as a student at the university more enjoyable.
Have you joined any student societies/sports clubs at the university? If so how has this enhanced your time at the University?
University of Leeds has provided an excellent platform to expand one’s social circle, to reach out to more acquaintances through clubs and societies. I joined the Hong Kong society, Faculty of Biological Sciences society (FoB Soc) and have always been a passionate tennis player since I was young. I had plenty of opportunities of reaching out to more friends, and every acquaintance I have met has painted a more vivid experience for me at the University of Leeds.
What are your ambitions for the future? Do you have specific career plans?
I have great passion about future pharmaceutical developments and ambitions to help improve overall standards of human healthcare and scientific advances. I plan to join the world’s pharmaceutical companies and help to liaise and regulate pharmaceutical products with other organisations to ensure the products are safe and within reach for everyone to use.
What key aspects of your experience of Leeds would you highlight to students thinking about coming do the same course/programme?
Biochemistry is a detailed, comprehensive course that is constantly being expanded to accommodate new scientific research. University of Leeds’ biochemistry programme is strictly and academically disciplined. It prepares passionate scholars with ambition in overcoming challenging obstacles, and surpassing the impossible, to help unravel the world’s mysteries behind human health.