Tariq Khwaileh

Tariq graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2011 with a PhD in Human Communication Science.

Portrait of Tariq.

Being a Ph.D student, excellent research reputation is what I am looking for. The University of Sheffield is one of the pioneer research institutions not only in the UK and Europe, but also in the world. It is associated to five Nobel prizes in Medicine and Chemistry; 1945, 1953, 1967, 1993 and 1996. Moreover, it has won many other international research prizes such as The Queen's Anniversary Awards in 1998, 2000 and 2002. All of this makes it a place that I wish to have a research degree from. As I am more of a night reader, I admire the University's 24 hour library service.

I am a Ph. D student at the Department of Human Communication Science; I am researching in the area of Language processing in Arabic-speaking people with Aphasia (a language disorder). Doing research is very interesting and mind blowing especially when you are publishing. What I like about my department is the non-stop encouraging on publishing your own work which makes me feel an independent researcher in the field. Another thing that I like is attending conferences abroad; I always find the support from my department.

As a city Sheffield is one of my favorite cities in the UK, it is warmly safe. Sheffield is the right place to be if you want to learn more about different cultures. Sheffield is rich with diverse nationalities which makes it an umbrella embracing many different cultures. Sheffield has many places to visit such as, the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens… etc. Not forgetting that it is part of the Peak District which is one of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen. The most I like about Sheffield is the ease of transport within different areas of the city; you always have the option of the Super Tram.

In my spare time, I usually use the sport facilities within the University's campus, especially on weekends. In evenings, I join my friends for a drink or a gathering. Occasionally, I go skiing at Sheffield Ice with the mates.

The most difficult thing I faced at the beginning of my arrival was fitting myself in within the busy environment of research. Nowadays, its not a problem anymore, I enjoy being busy especially when it is productive and fruitful. For those who are coming, I advise you to come with a full steadiness for your studies and hard work. It is all independent and self-driven, so you have to be prepared.