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Hervin Fernandez

Country: Mexico/Spain
Studying: Phd in Medieval History

Hervin Fernandez


I’m Hervin, I joined the University of Leeds in 2013, and I am currently a PhD Candidate in Medieval Studies. I chose the University of Leeds because of the formidable research resources offered by its extensive libraries and specialised staff. Being in Leeds has allowed me to have an international leading expert on my subject as my personal supervisor, and to access the Brotherton Library, which has a rich collection and wide range of relevant primary sources and secondary literature for historical research.

Outside of my studies, I like going to the pub with friends and colleagues to enjoy a frank discussion and a local brew. I also enjoy running (I am planning to do the Leeds half marathon!), hiking across the Yorkshire countryside, and getting involved with the many cultural activities organised by the University and its Union - from organising discussion panels to setting up screenings of Latin American films! I am one of the directors of the student-led project ‘Philosophies of History’, and the treasurer of the Union’s Mexican Society  .

Leeds is an ideal place for both studying and socialising. Both a cosmopolitan centre and a university town, Leeds combines the young and international community of students with the multicultural and urban setting of an English city. From nightclubs and posh malls to museums and country manors, the spectrum of activities in the north of England is quite broad; you must consider conducting your PhD here, for one year might not be enough to enjoy it all!

I live in a privately rented flat, right next to the University and very close to the city centre. Not only the location is ideal, but I also enjoy the freedom I have by renting my own place - although it was a bit of a hassle to organise all the bills by myself at the beginning, I now save some money by being in charge of my own bills.