Biochemistry with molecular biology international student at University of Leeds

Jacob Heintze

Yorkshire and Humberside International Student of the Year 2009

Jacob was one of more than 1,500 students, from 118 countries to enter the seventh annual International Student Awards – a major initiative from the British Council that shines the spotlight on international students and their contributions to life in the UK. He was judged to be Yorkshire and Humberside’s most impressive student and will receive a £1,000 prize. Jacob is one of 12 regional winners who gathered in London in April to have his extraordinary achievements honoured in a national awards ceremony.

Getting involved

Jacob has worked as a carer for a young man with Duchene’s muscular dystrophy. He has been a student representative of his year and a student ambassador for the University. He manages to have an active social life and not only regularly plays squash, but also finds the time to write music and play with his band. In addition to all of this Jacob has achieved academic excellence in his second year and has been awarded the Stephen J.P. Wilson Prize which recognises his outstanding academic and non-academic achievements.

Currently the 22 year-old is on a study year abroad in Valencia. Jacob talks about his first two years in Leeds:

“I am very much looking forward to return to the University for my final year. I am really enjoying the Biochemistry course at the University of Leeds. It offers the great opportunity for students to be able to undertake a work placement or a study year abroad.”

The course

The modules I undertook in the two years have been well organised and I learned a lot from many practical sessions and tutorials. Many lecturers presented their material in an interesting way, and some of these were of outstanding quality. Most of the lectures I attended in my second year were given by lecturers who are experts in their topic, which highlights the research-led character of the Faculty.

Why Leeds?

The facilities at the University are outstanding, including the sports' venues, nightclubs, shops, libraries and even an optician in the Student Union building. The University itself has a great students’ union which gives opportunities to pursue in nearly everyone's interest by providing societies and clubs, even if these are relatively uncommon like gothic music or Korfball.”