Tracy Shan

Hey there! I am a first-year PhD student and my research focuses on translation studies between English and Chinese. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in English in China, I decided to come to Leeds to study for a Master’s degree because of its high quality of teaching and its outstanding performance in different university rankings. After successfully finishing two MA programmes in University of Leeds , I went back to my home country for a gap year, as I was not sure whether I preferred to continue for the doctoral study or to find a job at that time. Thanks to the gap year, it turned out that I preferred to continue for the doctoral study, so I decided to come back to University of Leeds for my study. Besides the high quality of teaching, the reason that I decided to come back is related to my familiarity with my supervisors, the school and the university. It has been a year since I started my PhD study and the experience has been as great as I expected. The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is a vibrant and diverse space to develop my research. My supervisors have provided me with guidance, help and support from the very first day, and I have also learned many things from the research workshops offered by the university. The academic environment is the best thing about my course and also one of my favorite things about the university. I have been selected as one of the PGR representatives for the 2018/19 academic year, which enables me to develop my interpersonal communication skills and learn how to cooperate with others. I’m also working as a trainee invigilator and assistant of the PGR Training Programme of our school.

I currently live in an off-campus student accommodation, only 5 minutes walk from the university. I quite like this accommodation because I will never worry about being stuck in traffic or being bothered by the weather.

In my spare time, I go to the Edge to do some sports. The exercise classes that I often have include Zumba, Body Combat and Pilates. At weekends, sometimes I go hiking with Get Out and Go team around Yorkshire to enjoy the scenery.  This is one of my favourite things about the university, because I can always find the activity that I’m interested in among all the variety of activities offered by the university.

As a big city in the UK, the pace of life here in Leeds is not as fast as that in London, neither too slow to lose your passion for life, which I think is one of the best things about Leeds as a city. I love going out at weekends with friends for a cup of coffee or a film and the Leeds Kirkgate Market in the city centre is definitely my favourite place, where I can buy everything I need, fruits, vegetables, meet and fish, you name it!

Whether you’re interested in a PhD, Masters or student life- get in touch!