Title of UGRS project
Changing perceptions of the West Indian Carnival in Leeds
Why did you apply?
I applied for the UGRS Scholarship as I felt an undertaking an independent research project would benefit all areas of my degree and teach me skills that I had previously not known. I anticipated that I would learn how to produce an independent piece of work, learn new skills on researching topics and gain a greater understanding of the topic I was looking in to.
How have you benefitted from the scheme?
So far from the scheme I have benefitted greatly from all opportunities. The three day residential in Summer 09 taught me key skills such as networking and public speaking. Especially from the public speaking classes I feel my confidence to talk to people about my research project and even in everyday situations has risen.
What explicit “employability” skills have you gained/anticipate gaining from the scheme?
I have so far learnt how to introduce myself in the correct way through the ‘networking skills’ workshops, and through my project itself I have learnt how to manage my time effectively, plan long term what my work will be and have the confidence and skills to express my work clearly and effectively. I anticipate to build on these skills as the scheme progresses.
The UGRS Scholarships have helped me progress in all areas of my degree and through the workshops and the ambassador duties I feel I have gained crucial skills both for everyday situations and for when in professional situations.