Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I am a 3rd year PhD student in the School of Education, where I also did my Masters degree. I was a Lecturer in the Department of English at a public university at home in Bangladesh. Before that, I did two more MAs, one in English Language Teaching and the other in English Literature.
I am a very friendly, motivated, enthusiastic and positive person who can adapt to any situation. I love to travel, speak to people, cook and take photos of places I visit and people I meet.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I came to UK in 2013 to study MA TESOL. Since I already had more than ten years of teaching experience, I chose to do my PhD in Leeds right after I finished my MA.
I had offers from four top universities in UK to do my MA but I chose Leeds because this university had answers to all my queries. I have parenting responsibilities and many universities discouraged me saying that I will not be able to cope with the pressure of doing an MA with children. Leeds was the only University which encouraged me, not by providing a false picture but by saying that it would be difficult but not impossible and people with families have done it before. And added that I needed to be very good at time management. Moreover, I was constantly in touch with the international office as I had visa issues. They were always an email away.
I am really glad that I had turned down the rest of the offers and chose Leeds. My experience here has been so good that I chose to do my PhD here at the same school, under the supervision of the same supervisor who supervised my MA Dissertation.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
I am happy with both my courses: MA TESOL and PhD in Education. The different training provided by the School and the Research Training centres contributed immensely to my growth as a researcher. We are assigned with two supervisors at the School. Both my supervisors have been very supportive in guiding me and providing me necessary information and valuable feedback all through.
I am involved with the School in a number of ways, like I am the PGR Rep for the postgraduate research students at the School and I am the organising committee member of the School’s PGR Conference.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
The help and guidance provided by the School is great. We are like a community where every attempt is made to make a Fresher adapt to a new situation. We are trying to make it better by implementing various changes and working on feedbacks provided by the PGRs and also the member of staff.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The facilities provided by the University are world-class.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I have helped the School in welcoming the Freshers’ during the Induction Week in September. I have also been a Student Ambassador during my MA TESOL. I also work with the University Union Retails Team.