Jo Samuel

PhD in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering 2024
Job title
Link to Leeds Ambassador

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Hi, I am Jo! Thanks for checking out my page!

I am doing my PhD in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE). I am from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai.

I was always interested in learning, and when the time came to choose my preferred university for higher education from a list of universities which I had sorted out, I was confused as everyone else. Leeds was at the top of the list and undoubtedly it is the best choice I have ever made!

During my application process, when going through the University’s support and facilities it provides for students, both in academics and out-of-academics, I was quite impressed. High quality research accreditations, state-of-the-art lab facilities, ample study spaces, impressive collaborative projects, a long lasting research legacy, career support on an individual basis, well designed student accommodation, student friendly neighbourhood, well connected transportation system, etc.

I was amazed at the actual facilities and support the University extends to students after coming to the UK. It was far beyond what I had read about. It is an experience to feel the real richness of student life. Even though I am all the way from India, experiencing the rich welcoming warmth of Leeds never made me feel homesick. It is now another home for me. 

Despite the pandemic, my research supervisors provided their full support in helping me to steer my research in the right direction. Just as the University focuses on providing the best education, so do the faculties.

Making use of the enormous support system provided by the University, I contacted the careers service to help me fine tune my CV and for tips to improve my skills further. Within a month’s time I was recruited as Campus Ambassador. It laid out a perfect platform to further improve my skills.

Not stopping there, I took up the roles of Student Education Service Ambassador, Summer-in-Leeds Ambassador, International Welcome Team Assistant, Global Community Team Assistant, and took teaching roles in the University to improve my academic skills. What else does a student need? All opportunities were laid out in front of me to help me refine myself. I wonder if you would get such a lifetime of opportunity elsewhere.

I have never regretted coming to Leeds. Just as interesting the life at the University is, it is equally vibrant for life outside university. The place is surrounded by multiple universities in a stone’s throw, making it a city filled with students.

Personally, I find it hard to choose between so many things one can do after university. I like cycling, exploring places, meeting new people, spending time at the park and listening to music. And indeed, spending time in the city centre with countless places to eat and loads of malls for shopping. You can spend a full day in the city centre and you will not be bored of it.

Do not worry if you are running out of time to go to your room or accommodation as there are plenty of transport options. Leeds is for sure a safe place to live in! Leeds City Council along with the University and Unipol have taken great steps in ensuring the quality of student life in Leeds. Unipol has a leading role in private student housing.

I currently live in shared accommodation. I totally love my room; it is just designed for me and is in close proximity to the University. Even though we have seven flatmates in our flat, it is never cramped or congested. The best thing about my flat is that we all enjoy our stay together. Unipol helped me to find this room, which shows that Leeds has tailored services to help its students anytime.

Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions!