Eduardo Calvillo Gamez is a PhD student in the UCL Interaction Centre (Computer Science & Psychology). His studies are sponsored by Universidad Politécnica de San Luis Potosí, México and SEP-PROMEP.
"I picked UCL for two main reasons: the prestige of the research group in which I wanted to do my Ph.D, and the human touch that the staff showed during the admission process. A third, minor reason, is that UCL is at the centre of London. Those three factors are shaping a great Ph.D experience.
I am in the final year of my Ph.D. and I am very happy for having joined UCL to pursue my postgraduate studies. UCLIC, the research centre, is a multidisciplinary centre with formal support from Psychology and Computer Science. This mixture of departments, provides a new vision on research. It provides a knowledge-rich environment that has certainly benefited me. I have access to very different methods to approach problems, which have certainly expanded the way I understood the problem that my PhD thesis is solving. This richness is also benefited by the fact that we are located in London. We have constant visitors from all over the UK and Europe, and sometimes even the US. I have everything I require to do research at my finger tips, and most of the material I need is available online, thanks to UCL's subscriptions to journals and databases. This means that my trips to the library are quite sporadic! The times I have needed a book not available at the library, UCL makes the effort to get it for me. Otherwise I can just hop on a bus or the tube and try one of the many libraries in London.
Socially, as a PhD student, unfortunately, I do not get to enjoy all of UCL. I spend most of my time within my research centre, with sporadic contact with computer science and psychology. However, the social circle at UCLIC is great. Doing a PhD requires a lot of motivation and understanding from the people around you, and UCLIC has provided a great environment, social and academic, to pursue a Ph.D.
Finding a nice to place to live in London is not easy. So it is great that as an international student, UCL makes an effort to offer housing to all first year incoming students. It would be nice to be allowed to stay for a little longer, but at least that year helped in letting me get familiar with London and find another place to live afterwards."