Student and alumni profile

Ruyi Xiao

Please tell us a bit about yourself, where you are from, your background etc?

I am an international student from China. I used to be a lawyer, but I was too busy and hard at work, I decided to come to the UK to do my Masters. One is for a better education and the other is to take a break.

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

This is because the University of Leeds is ranked in the top 100 in the world, which is a very important point. Besides that, I was interested in Leeds' IP programme, which is not offered by many other universities.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

I think intellectual property is very promising because it is becoming more and more important. Plus, I have a background in science and technology, which makes it easier for me to learn.

What do you think of your course so far – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?

So far, I am satisfied with the course, especially the teachers who are teaching us are excellent and responsible. My favourite part is the case discussions, where I can learn many interesting, classic, and important cases.

What would you say about the learning facilities at the University of Leeds?

I found the teaching facilities to be excellent, both online and offline. For example, the online TEAMS is very convenient and reliable; the offline classrooms, cafes, libraries, etc. are also great.

How do you find the student support from the school?

This is usually via email and the school's official website.

What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies and which ones have you tried out yourself? (e.g., Clubs & Societies/activities in the School).

There are many, many extra-curricular activities that students can take part in at school. Some of my favourites are walking, musicals, trips, dancing, and badminton.

What do you think about Leeds as a city?

I really enjoy Leeds. It is neither as busy and expensive as London, nor as remote and inconvenient as some smaller cities. It is exactly just enough to meet our daily needs, whether it is for work, study, or life.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

Welcome to apply, it's a worthwhile course and you won't regret it.

What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course? What are you career aspirations?

I intend to continue applying for a PhD because I am interested in academics, and I hope to become a brilliant professor in the future.