Since coming to Leicester I have become a more independent and more confident researcher.
My research is focused on simultaneous interpreting. Being an interpreter has always been my aim and I would also like to become a teacher in this field - helping those aspiring to be interpreters realise their dream as well.
I chose to come to Leicester because the School of Modern Languages is well-recognised across the world for its research reputation. It offers me a supportive study environment, state-of-the-art learning facilities and abundant resources designed to stimulate my personal and professional development.
It has been a pleasure to pursue my PhD and work with all the dedicated and supportive staff in the department. My experience at the University of Leicester has been very exciting, productive and successful. All the members of staff here have been very helpful and friendly, making me feel at home. As well as studying, I have been working as an interpreter and translator and also as a part-time lecturer at the University. It is a very challenging and exciting experience.
Being a well-known university across the world, the University of Leicester is an ideal place for you to study. There is a state-of-art library with rich learning resources and also a comprehensive training package specially designed for researchers. The campus is an ideal learning environment full of vigour, energy and enthusiasm and is like a small and compact city. It is really convenient to walk around and enjoy the 'city life' without going outside the campus. Away from my studies there are plenty of cultural and social activities organised by all the departments and the Students’ Union.
When I first arrived in Leicester members of staff were very patient and helpful. They helped me complete my registration step-by-step, kindly offered me suggestions and advice on my study and showed me around the campus to get me familiar with everything.
The city of Leicester is compact and culturally diverse. It is a good place for shopping and cultural activities and I enjoy going to the museums, galleries, cinemas and markets.
After I finish my studies here I would like to teach translation and interpreting, to pass on my experiences and disseminate what I have achieved from my research.
My time so far at the University has been very fruitful and very exciting and I would recommend the University of Leicester to new students. One piece of advice I would give to a student starting here is if you have a dream, set a goal for it; if you want knowledge, prepare to toil for it; if you pursue freedom, always grasp the future in your own hands.