Maggie Kuchonde

Without a scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to afford to study in the UK. Back home in Malawi I worked with children. I wanted to progress my career but I couldn’t find a university that provided a Masters course related to child development. My course at Leeds is the perfect fit and it allowed me to apply for the Beit Trust–University of Leeds Scholarship. 

This scholarship paid for my tuition fees and helped towards my accommodation and living costs. I even got a laptop allowance and a contribution towards my dissertation research. The Postgraduate Scholarships Office arranged my flights, easing any nerves I had about travelling, and have continued to support me throughout my studies. The University’s International Welcome team were also there to meet me at the train station when I arrived in Leeds and helped me with practical things, like setting up a bank account.

The University also advertises lots of little jobs you can apply for that fit around your studies. I worked as a student host for the Educational Engagement team. I had to plan and deliver talks to school students about my experience as a student here. It’s not just a job, it’s been really good for my professional development.

Leeds also offers free courses and workshops to help support your learning. I attended a number of these from Skills@Library and the Language Centre, covering topics such as academic writing, choosing your research topic, critical thinking, and writing skills for taught Masters. 

I feel like Leeds is all about the connections I’ve made – in my academic life, my social life, the opportunity to experience what you are learning. It’s not like getting abstract information. It connects with your real-word experience and you want to put the things you learn straight into practice. 

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