Didem Sanver studied a PhD in Food Colloids at the University of Leeds

Didem Sanver

Can you briefly describe the area you are researching? 

My research field is multidisciplinary and involves both food science and chemistry. I am currently researching the interactions of flavonoid compounds, mainly found in fruits and vegetables, with monolayers. 

What is it that makes you passionate about the subject you study?

I am passionate about my study because I study food components that we encounter in everyday life but don’t fully know what kind of mechanisms make these compounds beneficial for our health.

It amazes me that although there is so much research in the area, there is still a lot to be discovered.

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

First of all, you get a chance to study in one of the world`s leading universities offering high standards for research and teaching.

Secondly, the University is built on a very large campus, located very close to the city centre, providing easy access to the University facilities.

I also enjoy being part of the award-winning Students' Union, which offers you a variety of clubs, activities and any kind of help you might need. 

How would you describe student life in Leeds?

I think Leeds is a great place to live and study. It is an ever-growing city offering an excellent social life with a variety of pubs and clubs with many of them offering great deals, so going out for students can be very cheap.

If you like nature and the countryside, Leeds is only a short distance away from amazing places like the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District so you can have a relaxing weekend break.

Also, if you are interested in sport, Leeds is the right place for you. There are many sport teams and clubs that you can participate in.

What do you think of the academic facilities and support services?

The University provides a number of support facilities including a counselling service, disability team, nightline service and many more. All these services are quite useful if students need extra help.

In terms of academic facilities, the University runs a variety of workshops and training sessions to help students develop qualities for effective learning such as, critical thinking, time management, computing skills etc.

The food science department also organizes annual conferences where industry meets academia, and this allows us to follow industrial demands as researchers.

What do you like best about the School of Food Science and Nutrition?

The food science department provides a wide range of options for research students to be actively involved in learning and teaching science.

Events like Leeds Festival of Science or Open Days as well as demonstrating opportunities to support students with practical laboratory classes have given me a chance to improve my teaching skills as well as learning from colleagues. 

What university social/sporting activities have you become involved in during your spare time?

I am on the committee of the Save the Children Society, and feel very good about trying to help children who I don’t know personally, but are desperately in need.

I am also a new member of the Tennis Society and join classes every week.

What would you say to other students thinking of coming to the University?

As I very much enjoy my time in Leeds, I highly recommend students to study in Leeds. They can visit the University at Open Days and see the opportunities. I believe that they will love their time in Leeds!