Andrew bingham

Andrew Bingham

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

Until I looked at the possibility of going to Leeds University I had no formal qualifications, I was not really sure if I could ever go to university, but after a conversation with the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC), and several visits regarding the choices of courses available. I was given an opportunity to attempt several matriculation tests and attend an open day for a science foundation degree, with the potential to progress on to a full degree depending on grades.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

The best thing about the course is I get to pursue all aspects of food and can build on a subject I have been immersed in for over 30 years of my life.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

One particularly exciting project was my experience of a summer placement with Drink Factory, a bespoke cocktail company. There I was able to work alongside a passionate team gaining valuable skills in the process, which opened my mind to the possibilities of a future career in the drinks industry. 

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a bustling hub of activity for students, with a breadth of exciting and interesting opportunities – both socially and culturally. Dozens of trendy bars, restaurants and eateries, and numerous parks and museums including a fantastic on-campus world-class sports facility. You can never be short of things to do living in Leeds.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Ultimately to become a first-class flavourist, working for a market leading company who invest in both the environment and their workforce, encouraging structured growth and development over time, in order to enrich my life over the next 25 years.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

All experiences are useful – the good and the not so good. They are character-building and give you the skills to be a confident and successful graduate that can compete with the very best.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Come with an open mind, don’t be afraid to make mistakes but learn from them. Use your time to grow as an individual, both intellectually and personally. Embrace the ‘now’ – and plan for the future. Be curious and ask questions, the more the better. Use the amazing facilities to the full and know that the level of teaching you get will be the best in the country.