Ben Kew

Food Science and Nutrition, 2019
Talking about

“The scholarship truly sculpted my life at university,” Ben Kew says. “It’s something for which I will forever be grateful.”

Ben’s route to Leeds was far from easy. Home life was challenging, and he had to leave in order to study his A-levels, sleeping on a friend’s floor the night before exams. Making it to university was the first step, something nobody in his family had ever done before. 

“I received a scholarship once here. It gave me confidence and the opportunity to explore new skills and unlock doors, allowing me to achieve my true potential. It allowed me to discover who I am and excel in my passion.” 

Ben sought to improve his health and self-confidence, and used some of his scholarship on gym membership, becoming a regular in the pool. From having only basic swimming skills, Ben developed quickly and joined the University of Leeds Swimming and Water Polo Club.

“In my third year, I moved up to compete for Leeds against other universities. I helped out with the coaching, and became a qualified lifeguard, before travelling to America to an international sports training camp.  

“I wasn’t able to travel when I was younger. Having the opportunity to go to America was unbelievable.” 

Ben was equally successful academically, graduating with a First and progressing into doctoral study in food science at Leeds. By the second year of his PhD, Ben had two papers accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his findings online at international conferences. 

Want to support more students like Ben?

Please visit our Give to Leeds platform today to help to ensure that everyone in our community has an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed at Leeds.