Nattapapim Phattranurukkul (Ying)
My decision to study at the University of Reading was influenced by the fact that the University enjoys a good reputation as one of the most research-intensive academic institutions in the UK. Looking back at my time spent at Reading, there is no doubt that this reputation is both well earned and absolutely justified.
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The University of Reading has continuously built its own reputation and popularity throughout the years for higher education back home in Thailand. The University has gained considerable prestige for the programmes offered in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences including the School of Law. Following the recommendation from my trusted education consultants in Thailand I chose the University of Reading for my postgraduate study.
Transitioning to Reading after completing my Bachelor's Degree in Thailand has been a major change but one which has lived up to all my expectations. The welcome and support I received from the staff was truly impressive. I found the staff very friendly and always keen to help with any kind of problem.
The education system here is indeed very different from my home country and I had to adjust myself in order not to be left behind in my studies. I remember consulting the study advice team on one occasion when I wanted to improve my overall performance in my assignments.
"Assignments present a complex concept before you and you are supposed to evaluate and suggest an optimum solution based on your analytical skills. I was assisted with one-to-one advice and given tips on critical thinking and time management."
progressing to the next level
During my studies I found myself drawn to the protection of human rights and the role of regional and international treaties in particular. The module arrangements at the School of Law were beyond my expectations and gave me a far deeper understanding of issues related to human rights.
"Not only did the topics covered enhance my legal knowledge but also equipped me to evaluate ideas and concepts in ways that challenged me to think critically."
Study of Comparative Law provided insights into the differences and similarities; strengths and weaknesses of international legal systems including my home country. Modules like Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice and Research Methods inspired me to do my final dissertation focusing on the study of a comparative law which discussed the rights of transgender people in Thailand. The School is very supportive and the expertise of my supervisor Professor Aleardo Zanghellini ensured my research progressed smoothly.
Developing a deep understanding of decision making from a third person's perspective, I was able to sharpen my ability to resolve conflicts fairly and quickly; an invaluable skill for those in management and leadership. I was also able to improve both my verbal negotiation and written communication skills as part of my assignments and dissertation.
my dream career
I always wanted to work for the Constitutional Court in my home country in the area of human rights justice. Having completed my LLM at the University of Reading, I am now working as a Legal Officer at the Constitutional Court in Thailand.
Responsible for analysis and research in the development of the trial process and case application filing system of the Constitutional Court, I believe the knowledge and skills gained at the School of Law help me analyse complex situations to devise effective solutions based on strong reasoning and critical thinking.