Postgraduate Scholarships
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Name: Anna Wallace
Nationality: Australian
Course and Year: MA Medieval Literature

Tell us a little about yourself?
I have always loved books and reading. I grew up in the tropics of north-east Australia, reading Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl and dreaming of other places. When I began studying medieval literature at an undergraduate level, I started to dream of other times, too. I wanted to study in England to experience life in a country where the long-ago past is always present. It’s just a shame about the weather.

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?
The University’s English department has a well-deserved high reputation, and the staff were very friendly at all stages of the application and acceptance process. It was clear that the University had great resources and would offer amazing support for me during my studies.

How did you find out about scholarship funding at the University of Leeds??
I used the University website and I think the English department also pointed out to me a few opportunities.

How important was receiving your particular scholarship in your decision to come to Leeds??
Very important, without it I would not have been able to take up my place here

What was the key decision which made you choose the University of Leeds?
The resources available for my area of study, such as the Brotherton Special Collections, and the reputation of the University as a whole and the School of English and Institute for Medieval Studies in particular

What do you like about your School?
The School of English is very friendly and welcoming. There are always students working or relaxing in the common area of the building, and the School does a lot to ensure that students have a chance to meet other students, as well as meet informally with staff. And the intellectual culture is amazing, there is always an open lecture, seminar or discussion group happening.

What do you like about Leeds?
Leeds has a big-city feel but it’s not overwhelming; you can easily find your way around the areas you visit most. There is a pub on every corner, and the shopping is great.

What do you think about the training and development opportunities at Leeds?
In my field, there is the International Medieval Congress held at the University in July each year. Iím looking forward to experiencing the conference this year.

How would you describe your experience of postgraduate study?
Postgraduate study has been a rewarding challenge for me. I found it difficult at first because not only was I encountering postgraduate study for the first time, but also study in another country. However, I absolutely love my work, and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to learn more at Leeds.

What are your future plans?
At the end of the summer I am returning home to Australia and hope to begin PhD studies when the new school year commences there. The only thing stopping me from doing doctoral studies at Leeds is the weather.

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