Akash Sriram, MA in conflict development and security student headshot

Akash Sriram

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I am from India with a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies, Economics and Political Science from Christ University.

What motivated you to apply for your course at Leeds?

The department has some of the best academics in the UK and arguably in the world teaching, a wide range of modules. As I was perusing profiles of some staff, I noticed that I had, in fact, read many highly regarded published works of a couple of professors during my undergraduate degree. I was certain I would be interacting with some of the great minds of this field if I studied at the University of Leeds.

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

The best thing about my course is that it is the meeting point of two different fields of study. Development and security interact with each other in many unique ways and understanding these interactions in depth are necessary for a stable world.

What do you think of your course so far?

So far, my experience with the university has gone beyond expectations. The modules taught have been thought-provoking and this has been all the stimulation I need to form my own nuanced opinions on various academic topics.

How do you find the student support in the School?

The student support at the school is great, the personal tutor system and approachable staff are the best part of the student support staff.

Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities?

I’ve been to a few POLIS events and events at the university where we’ve met people like Jeremy Corbyn, Paul Collier and others where I’ve personally learnt a lot and have been inspired. I’ve also met quite a few people and have started a podcast on global affairs, conflict and international development with one of these interesting people I’ve met.

What would you say about Leeds as a city?

Leeds is relatively inexpensive while having all the characteristics of a large city in the UK. The heritage and modernity of the city are fascinating. Nature is never too far away from the campus. Woodhouse Moor where I occasionally play with my frisbee and Meanwood Valley hiking trail are my favourite parts of the city.

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

This course is a very well-rounded course that enables you to study the intricacies of the relationship between security and development. It gives you all the skills required to be researcher and sets you up for a career a researcher or in professional sectors.

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

I plan to work as a journalist in the next few years, reporting foreign affairs and human interest stories of people who have experienced conflict.