Naila Abid - she/her
What course are you studying and what attracted you to the course/Leicester?
I am studying for a PhD in Cancer Immunology. I worked in Leicester as a Research Technician prior to taking on this PhD. Initially, I moved to Leicester purely for the job but decided to stay here for my PhD due to my positive experience overall with this city and University of Leicester. I really like the multicultural and tolerant nature of both the citizens of Leicester and the employees and students of University of Leicester."
What is your main responsibility as the Postgraduate Officer?
I am responsible for relaying postgraduate student issues to the university to ensure that PG students are being heard and their issues are being resolved by the university. Other than that, my main aim this year has been to form a postgraduate association so that PG students can create a social network within the university.
Are there any specific topics/issues you are hoping to address during your year in the role?
My main aim is to ensure that PG students are considered in every aspect of the university decisions. I have also been building a postgraduate community and arranging networking events and I plan to form a close community of PG students at the university.
What are the top three things postgraduate students should do during their time at Leicester?
- I have found Leicester to be really good in terms of food, I highly recommend students to check out different varieties of food at Belgrave and Evington Road.
- Postgraduate students should also take part in networking events arranged by the university as it can be a good way to get to know people and you may end up meeting your future employers through networking!
- This may not apply to everyone, but I have really enjoyed Asian clothes shopping in Leicester, some really good prices.
- For those who enjoy swimming, various different leisure centres run by council offer swimming classes at a really good rate and I have really enjoyed that during my time in this city.
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