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I graduated from The Robert Gordon University in Scotland with a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and an MSc in Information Systems. My Masters degree project gave me the confidence and experience in research to want to pursue a PhD. With that in mind I then went on to complete a BA in Mathematics with the Open University.
My interests lie mostly in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics. Some areas of particular interest are planetary cores, magnetic fields and planetary weather systems including our own. I do however keep an open mind with what direction to take.
Coming from a distance learning environment I feel that the MSc component of the CDT would facilitate my transition back into attending a university. Further to this one of my biggest weaknesses is networking, and science cannot really be done alone these days, so the cohort approach is hugely important to me.
As for the university itself, I feel that Leeds being one of only 3 CDTs in the country for fluid dynamics puts it at the forefront of fluid dynamics research. On top of this the university has many potential PhD supervisors that share my research interests.
For these reasons the CDT at Leeds was my 1st choice for where to do a PhD.