Effiong Henshaw, MA Political Communication student

Effiong Henshaw

What made you want to apply to your MA course and to Leeds?

I had a degree in History and experience working in media and public relations. Political Communication is a field that has always interested me and Leeds’ global reputation as an excellent institution, particularly for Media and Communication studies, made it an obvious choice for pursuing the MA Political Communication.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

Political Communication is vital for understanding the ways in which modern day media and communication influences political outcomes. The election of Donald Trump in the US, and the Brexit referendum in the UK are only two of the contemporary examples of how global politics is held hostage by political actors who understand the efficacy of the different forms of media to win over voters.

What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most?  

All the modules are so current and related to real-world political issues, actors and developments. It’s a theoretical course with very practical application. 

What would you say about Leeds as a city?

It’s a great city for scholarship. You are in close proximity with a number of other schools, which add to the vibrant, intellectual culture that is associated with Leeds. It’s also a city that allows you to enjoy a different side of the UK—an aspect of the UK that is relaxed, with many interesting things to do, and places to visit. 

There are day trips to other cities on a regular basis. There are film shows. There are organised walks. Visits to galleries and exhibitions. There are great pubs, The Library, for instance. I tried them all and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

What would you say about the learning facilities in your School and at the University in general? 

Overall, they are modern and comfortable, and with more spaces becoming available, they will contribute to the ease of academic research for students at the university.

I was pleased to learn that Leeds had been named University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times. It’s a recognition that is well-deserved, in my opinion. 

What do you plan to do now you’ve finished your course, and how do you think the skills and knowledge you’ve developed at Leeds will help with these plans?

I’m now looking to do my PhD. The Masters was good foundational preparation for it. My dissertation on Media Representation of African Immigrants in British National Newspapers gave me instructive insight into my research interest for the PhD.