Calum Boustead

Why did you decide to study Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Leeds?

The speed at which technology develops has always interested me. I’ve always wanted to know what the next big technological development will be, and how it will affect us in our everyday life. This interest, coupled with my creative and academic qualities, which drove me towards a Computer Science degree. However, when I came across the Electronics and Computer Engineering course at Leeds, and visited the department on an open day, I found myself not only wanting to write software, but also work with electronics and hardware. This new found interest, and the universities outstanding reputation, made Leeds the clear choice for me.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

Since starting the course, I’ve learnt so much about both programming and electronics. Being able to take the skills obtained from different modules and implement them on projects is very rewarding; particularly when group work allows me the opportunity to discuss idea with like-minded students, and finally produce something we’re all proud of.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Having one of the biggest student populations in the UK, Leeds is well equipped when it comes to entertainment. With more clubs, bars and restaurants, there’s always something for everyone’s taste, style, or culture. The city center has shops to cater every need, and it’s all concentrated in a small area, just a short walk from campus.

What are you ambitions for the future?

Working in the automotive industry as a computer engineer would be an exciting challenge, and I intend to get some work experience in that field this coming summer. There have been some huge strides with car technologies in recent times, and I expect the demand for electrical and computer engineers to increase as cars become more reliant on electrical power. However, new technologies are being developed all the times, so who knows what I’ll want to do in a few years’ time.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

I strongly recommend everyone to get involved in everything the university has to offer, whether it is related to the course or social activities. You’ll find it much easier to settle in if you join societies and clubs in the first few weeks of term, when all students are in the same position, and open to new people.
Also, the course is quite intensive, so it is important you are always attentive to your work. It’s not an overwhelming amount, but if you miss the introductions then you’ll find the work more difficult later in the year. It’s a really exciting course that combines the best aspects of two departments, and I am really glad I made the decision to study here.