You'll get a great deal of support from the staff and lecturers here

Student Leung standing in the Diamond
Leung Ho Ying
MSc Urban and Regional Planning
Winner of a Sir Sze-yuen Chung Postgraduate Merit Scholarship
“Sheffield is definitely the best choice for students who are looking for a well-structured course with a great deal of support from the staff and lecturers.”

How did you feel when you heard that you were successful in being awarded the scholarship?

The University of Sheffield has a strong reputation globally for its outstanding student experience. I was thankful for getting a place to study here. I could not believe that under this competitive process, I was awarded a scholarship and given the chance to spend more time engaging and contributing to the student community. 

What made you choose to study at Sheffield and your course?

I made my choice to study at Sheffield because of its reputation as a top-rated RTPI planning school in the UK. I believe the structure and reputation of the programme will help me develop a career as a planner in non-government organisations (NGO) that specifically help the underprivileged to have a better quality of living. 

The course here is highly recognised in the Hong Kong planning industry. I am particularly interested in the International Urban Development Consultancy Project as it gives a chance to learn how urban development consultants approach and execute their work. In addition, I am very keen on working in an NGO, learning how to present to the public and government are of paramount importance and it is a precursor for me to acquire professional skills and techniques to deal with the business.  

Lastly, while every urban planning school in the UK covers planning in response to environmental problems of the first industrial nation, only the course at Sheffield covers a truly global approach to sustainable development. 

How did you research the University to find out about studying in Sheffield? 

Pursuing higher education will equip you for real life situations and pave a bright career path. Therefore, I did some research on the employability among planning course graduates in different universities and how they assist students. One of the best in Sheffield would be the departmental support on developing professional and language skills.  

Furthermore, I spoke with some of the planners in Hong Kong on how they saw Sheffield graduates in the field and received many positive comments. 

What are the highlights of your experience in Sheffield so far? 

As a sports lover, the sports facilities in Sheffield never fail me. They provide a lot of social sports activities like frisbee and quidditch which are new experiences for international students.  

In order to help us understand more about Sheffield and its culture, the course directors were very thoughtful about designing an induction project related to the development of Sheffield. With an allocation of students from different nations, we were able to exchange ideas based on our backgrounds which I found very helpful in picking up the pace as a Master’s student. 

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