Why did you choose your course at Lancaster?
I was interested in Francophone African Studies and I found that Lancaster University was a place of active research in my domain. I was confident that my supervisors would help me develop my ideas constructively towards the realisation of my thesis.
What is the best part of your course?
The best part of the course is that I am encouraged to participate in various research forums, lectures, conferences, discussion groups, book reviews; all of which help me to think in different directions and sharpen my critical thinking, apart from the fact that I can share and learn and feel part of the research community. I value the intellectual stimulation that these opportunities provide as I am from India, the eastern part of the globe, and it helps me to broaden and complement my understanding of how questions that concern my areas of interest are critically investigated and interpreted in Europe. My supervisors are very open to my ideas and that encourages me to think freely and enjoy my work.
What are you hoping to do when you finish university?
I am hoping first and foremost to be able to publish my work. I am also interested in a post-doctoral project and teaching, which I see as a way of giving back what I have learnt.
What's 'Lancaster life' like?
My strongest impression is that everyone is very warm and helpful here and makes you feel at home. Personally, it is my first experience of feeling wanted away from home and the major reason I was able to overcome my homesickness of the initial days. From the point of view of a researcher, I can say that Lancaster is a researcher’s paradise, a place that promotes thinking and working. I consider the location of the University, a little away from the city, a distinct advantage. The clean air and lots of greenery invite refreshing walks around the campus. The campus in itself is a place of activity at all times so there is never a dull moment. Twice a week I have lots of fun at the English Linguistics and Chinese Societies. I cannot but make a special mention of the newly refurbished library. Open 24/7 during term-time, it is the best I have ever experienced in terms of working spaces, access to information, online resources, borrowing books at any point of day or night and attentive library staff. The fact that the library was refurbished with student suggestions in mind, speaks volumes of the student-focussed approach of this institution that is evident in every aspect of its functioning.