Yuki Jie Ny
Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study?
The Law School of University of Exeter has a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It is one of the top global universities that is also a member of Russell Group. I also wanted to study in a city which is not too far from London.
Describe your typical day at Exeter
I will walk to University of Exeter from my student accommodation located in the city centre for lectures/tutorials. After classes, I will stay back in the Library as the University Library is amazing. Sometimes, in order to relieve stress, I will walk around the campus as there is lots of greenery. During weekends, I will go to the Quayside with my friends to chill and enjoy the picturesque scenery.
What are the best aspects of studying within your department?
The lecturers of my department have been truly supportive and helpful when I faced difficulties in my studies or whenever I had any questions after going through their written feedback. Additionally, I would like to thank my personal tutor-Professor Greta Bosch and my Employment Law lecturer-Ms Kim McDonald. It would be impossible to count all the ways they have helped me in my studies and career.
How would you describe the vibe on campus?
The University is an extremely student friendly place. The campus is truly amazing-lots of greenery and the Sports Centre is very well developed. There are always different events for students to develop themselves.
What activities are you taking part in? Which clubs/societies or facilities/activities do you enjoy the most?
- I represented the University of Exeter in Sports Arbitration Moot 2022.
- Exeter Loves Legal Aid: Raised money for Legal Aid through different fundraising activities.
- Access to Justice Clinic: Provided legal advice and support for the local community across a range of issues including (but not limited to) housing, employment, benefits and tax credits, probate, contracts, debt, criminal law and intellectual property
- Miscarriage of Justice: Provided general advice on how our data might be helpful in appealing a conviction, assisting with planning and drafting applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
- I was the Secretary of Exeter Malaysian Society (ExeM) 2021/22. My role was to ensure meetings of ExeM are effectively organised and minuted, maintain effective records and administration.
- I was the Law Equality Representative 2021/22. My role was to ensure the voices of under-represented and marginalised students are heard so their opinions and needs are represented.
- I was the Copy Editor 2021/22 at Exeter Law Review. My role was to ensure that submitted articles have used valid sources and that their footnotes are following OSCOLA guidelines.
- I was also the Global Chums Mentor 2021/22. My role was to assist new international students to settle into Exeter.
- I have always enjoyed involving in the events held by Exeter Malaysian Society because they reminded me of home.
What particular skills are you gaining from this experience and will this help you in your choice of career?
I believe the advocacy skills which I have gained from the Sports Arbitration Moot 2022 will help build the foundations needed to excel as a lawyer.
The role of Secretary at Exeter Malaysian Society and Law Equality Representative enhanced my leadership and communication skills. It also taught me how to work under pressure in face of huge expectations from the University’s administrators.
How have you dealt with any challenges/difficulties during your time at the University of Exeter (cultural differences, linguistic challenges etc)?
I found it very challenging when I first joined the University because the way of teaching is different from Malaysia as it required a lot of independent learning. However, I did not give up. Instead, I spent more time preparing before classes. At the start of each term, I placed the tasks in priority order and worked out a plan to tackle them. I also booked appointmentd with my lecturers/tutors whenever I faced difficulties in studies.
What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?
Exeter is an ancient city full of natural beauty, such as the bustling Quayside and River Exe. It is right by the Jurassic coast. During term breaks, I can travel to the nearby beaches e.g. Exmouth, Torquay, Paignton etc by train in less than 1 hour. Also, I can easily get the best cream teas in Devon!
Would you recommend Exeter/Penryn to your friends?
Of course-Exeter is such a lovely place! I have always been recommending my friends to travel to Exeter.
Has the University been supportive during your time here?
Yes, the University has been truly supportive especially during the pandemic. The University made adjustments to allocate classes for international students according to their time zone.
What advice would you give students planning on coming to the University of Exeter?
Join the University of Exeter-you would not have any regrets! :) Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things; there are many great opportunities waiting for you here!