Introducing our LISS 2019 Social Assistants


With one month to go until the start of LISS 2019, we thought that now would be a great time for us to introduce you to some of this year’s social assistants! All of our social assistants are current Leeds students so they are the perfect people to speak to if you have any questions about the city, or if you are looking for recommendations on places to go or things to do. They will be organising lots of social activities and events during your time in Leeds – we can’t wait to see what they have lined up for you!


Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and this is my second year as a LISS social assistant. I have just finished a four year degree studying history here at Leeds and spent one of those years studying in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in the School of History, Culture and Communications. I really enjoyed my time studying abroad as it gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to travel all around Europe which I had never had the opportunity to do before! I moved to Leeds four years ago from Liverpool and have absolutely loved it here ever since.

Leeds is a really great student city and has lots of cheap and student friendly bars, restaurants, clubs, music venues and much more. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all soon and exploring more of Yorkshire! I love going on walks and being out in the countryside so I am particularly looking forward to exploring Ilkley!



Hello everyone! My name is Ahmed and I am from Yemen. I studied my language course, bachelor’s and my master’s degrees in chemical engineering at the University of Leeds. I have been living in Leeds for about 7 years and it has been an incredible experience being part of this amazing multi-culture environment.

What I love about Leeds that you can find everything you want on campus or within reach; whether it’s places to eat, sightsee, events, exercise or relax. Personally, I enjoy hiking, exploring beautiful nature and photography.

There are many great places if you like to wander around like me such as Leeds Dock, Kirkstall Abbey and Leeds & Liverpool canal which is convenient to cycle, walk or run around. I also love going out with friends for food or coffee and of course there are loads of great places in the city centre. Trinity Kitchen is an ideal place as there are range of street food and cuisines from different parts of the world. If I am on campus, I usually go to the Old Bar which has an amazing food selection and cosy atmosphere. I am so excited to meet everyone and of course have a great time with you during LISS!


Hi, I’m Nakkita. I am a second-year student of BA Economics and Russian Civilisation and I will be one of your LISS Social Assistants. I am originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, a lovely city in the North East of England, near the coast! Leeds is such a diverse and friendly city to study and socialise in with various restaurants, bars and sights to see. I am particularly fond of the Yorkshire Dales and Trinity Shopping Centre. Leeds has excellent transport routes to other cities, my favourite being York (a city you too will be visiting!)

Last year I went to Salamanca, Spain, for a 4-week summer school to study Spanish, so I have an idea of the excitement and difficulties you can face when in a new country. Please feel free to ask me about trips, sights and cities to visit as I am well-travelled around the UK! I can’t wait to meet you all and help make your time in Leeds a memorable one!


NathanaelHi everyone, I’m Nathanael from Rugby (yes it’s a place!) in the middle of England. I’m currently studying Zoology here at Leeds. I’m about to return from a year abroad in Halmstad, Sweden and have previously spent time living in Connecticut, USA and Tel aviv, Israel.

I’ve had an incredible year in Halmstad, with lots of time exploring Sweden’s beautiful nature, as well as making forming amazing friendships with people from all 4 corners of the world. I’m a keen traveller, and love to experience different cultures, meet new people, and especially see wildlife!

I love to play and watch all kinds of sports. In Leeds I’m an active member of the Ultimate Frisbee society, and here in Halmstad I’ve taken up climbing and american football, which have been great fun as well as an opportunity to meet Swedish people. During LISS I’m excited to explore the nature that surrounds Leeds with you all, and to showcase why I fell in love with Leeds! See you all soon.



SusieHi everyone! My name is Susie and I study Medical Sciences here at Leeds. I’ve just arrived home after a year abroad studying in Canada and I’m so excited to be part of this year’s Summer School! Although I found it challenging at times, I hugely enjoyed adapting to life in a new country and was able to make friends with people from all over the world.

Aside from my studies, I love making use of the sports facilities Leeds has to offer – from the Edge gym and swimming pool on campus, to the University’s huge range of sports teams, to taking a walk around Roundhay Park, Leeds will always have something to offer you. Leeds also boasts a diverse range of museums, art galleries and shops, as well as many great restaurants both in the city centre and in nearby Headingley. I’m from the south of England so I’m most looking forward to exploring Whitby and York with LISS as I’ve never visited either before. I can’t wait to meet you all in July and explore with you some of the many outdoor, social and cultural activities Yorkshire has to offer!


Hi everyone! My name is Natalie and I’m originally from Birmingham, UK. I’ve been studying in Leeds for 5 years – I did a degree in History and French and now I’m studying for a masters degree in language and intercultural studies. I speak French and some Spanish, and I spent my year abroad in both Belgium and France.

I love the outdoors and when possible I try to get out into the Yorkshire Dales for some fresh air! I also love trying new sports, new foods and new languages. One of my favourite things about Leeds is the sheer number of great restaurants and cafes there are here. I would definitely recommend eating your way across the city! During LISS I’m most excited to visit places of historical significance nearby because I find local history really interesting. The outdoor trips to the Dales and the Lake District will also be great!


We hope that you enjoyed getting to know some of your new Social Assistants, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you in July! If you have any questions in the meantime, as always, please feel free to get in touch with us by email on See you soon!

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