Josephine Bancroft

BA English and French

Summary: Josephine explains why she chose to study at Leeds and how she enjoys studying English and French on a Joint Honours course.


Why did you decide to study here?

I decided to study at Leeds as I knew their Joint Honours courses had a great reputation and I was interested in studying English and French.

I was extremely impressed with the Students' Union when I visited the University for an Open Day. The support that is available for students is fantastic and there is an endless list of activities and societies to take part in.

What are your top-tips for new students?

  1. Get involved! Join clubs and societies and you'll widen your circle of friends as well as developing your interests.
  2. Work hard! It is important to devote time to your studies so that you don't fall behind.
  3. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Your personal tutor can offer help with your academic studies and any other worries you have regarding university life.

Where did you spend your year abroad?

I spent my year abroad in Lyon in France 

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?

The opportunity to live and work, or study, in a foreign country is amazing in itself and I enjoyed every minute of my year abroad. I learnt so much about myself, made many new friends and it looks great on my CV. If you get given the opportunity to take a year abroad I would thoroughly recommend it.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?

The facilities that are available for students are outstanding. There are three large libraries, several computer clusters, which open late during exam periods, and a wide range of clubs and societies. There is something for everyone at Leeds. 

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?

In my first and second year I was a member of the Celtics Cheerleaders club. I also wrote for Lippy magazine in my second year.

Give an example of one of your favourite things to do in Leeds.  

In Hyde Park, the central student area, there are many cafes and restaurants which are all worth a visit. Nightlife in the city centre and Headingley is fantastic too, every night there is something different.