Prodeo Yao Agbotui

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

I decided to study my PhD in Leeds University because, when I came here in 2009/10 to undertake my MSc in Hydrogeology
at the SEE, I was transformed into a very good thinking and solution oriented engineer and geoscientist at the end of the 1 year programme. I attribute this firstly to the high quality of lecturers, who are powerhouses in their area of research and expertise. Secondly, the University has got world class facilities like labs, teaching space and computer clusters with up to date industrial and research softwares. Thirdly, there is an effective support system for students in terms of career and counselling advice for students on any form of challenge they meet whilst been here. The programme is fused with real life field and practical assignments that make students think on their feet. Finally, the city is most welcoming to international students from any part of the world.

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

The best aspects of my studies so far has been the kind of hydrogeological material and research methods I have come to learn here. These skills will make me relevant when I return to my home country.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a very cosmopolitan and student friendly city. It is home to about 3 or more universities with different strengths. The city centre is centrally located and is easily reached from any part of leeds via foot or public transport. In the city centre, there are loads of shops and markets to suit any taste one may have from home.

What are your ambitions for the future?

After I am done from here, I intend to be an active and relevant researcher in the area of hydrogeology and civil engineering. I will use the soft and hard skills acquired from Leeds to solve Ghana's development challenges in the area of water, environment and sanitation.

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

There are lots of experiences I have had. First is the research experience. Secondly is the quality of feedback lecturers give to students on work activity. Thirdly, the very efficient way academic activities like examinations are planned and executed. The diversified nature of the city has also taught me to have an international outlook and accept people without considering race, ethnicity and religion.

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

They will never be the same. Leeds provides transformational education. Leeds beckons, Come and be transformed!