Nitikon Jiranthikankit

Nitikon Jirathitikankit

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I have a double Bachelor degrees in Politics and in Law and Master Degree in Comparative Politics from different Thai universities. I have worked for the Office of the Constitutional Court of Thailand since 2009 as an Academic Officer in the Institute of Constitutional Studies, which performs as a think tank department of Thai Constitutional Court. Last year, I got the Royal Thai Government’s scholarship to study a Master degree at Leeds. 

What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?

Actually, I am interested in politics and legal system that can be beneficially applied for my duties. Before applying to study at Leeds, I tried to find an interesting course that can offer me the new aspect especially regarding the correlation between law and politics. Then, I found this course at Leeds. It is a very interesting course and because it is an interdisciplinary course I can choose some interesting optional modules not only from the Law School but also from other schools, in particular the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Sociology and Social Policy. I think this course can offer me such new perspective, so I decided to choose this course at Leeds. 

What do you think of your course so far?

I think the strong and unique feature of my course is that it is an interdisciplinary course, which offers various academic aspects regarding the relationship between law, politics, and related issues. This course is therefore appropriate for any students who graduated or interested in law, politics, and social sciences.

How do you find the student support in the School?

As international student, this is my first time to study aboard for 1 year. This is a new experience. Initially I was worried about studying at Leeds because I of studying in a different language, and being unfamiliar with British teaching style. But, I realized that I needed to adjust to being a student in a new environment.  My personal tutor has really helped me to adjust and study in a new way. He has helped me a lot me since ‘Induction Week’, such as my registration and he always gives me a good advice both academic and how to enjoy living in Leeds too. Moreover, I am regularly informed by email about School of Law news, activities, and academic seminars that I may be interested in.    

I would like to sincerely thank the School of Law, my personal tutor, Dr. Conor O’ Reilly, and all staff for taking care of me warmly and for making me feel like I am always at home.   

What would you say about the learning facilities?

I really appreciate the facilities at Leeds for instance the Portal, which I can access online at any time, which provides me necessary information regarding my study – timetable, activities, and finding library materials. The University’s libraries help facilitate a learning environment that encourages me to study. The Edge sport centre is also one of my favourite places where I spend my leisure time and exercise.