Zahara Batool

Name:

Zahara Batool

Nationality:

Pakistani

PhD topic:

Attitudes to road safety and

aberrant driver behaviour in Pakistan

Supervisor:

Professor Oliver Carsten

Graduated:

2012

Current employer:

University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore

I am currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Transportation Engineering and Management at the University of Engineering & Technology Lahore. I am teaching various subjects including Transportation Planning, Geometric Design and Highway Safety, and Statistical Analyses with Computer Application at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. My job responsibilities also include supervision of MSc. Thesis and BSc. final year research projects. In parallel, I am also representing the department at various platforms.

During my stay at ITS, I have developed effective research skills and taking initiatives independently. This ability has helped me to develop the courses I am teaching at my present job. Working as a postgraduate modules demonstrator at ITS has given me a confidence and knowledge of interacting with students at all levels. My statistical and transport and social sciences related learning has given me an added advantage of becoming an employee with some unique skills at my work place.

I chose my ITS course and Leeds University because of the good repute of institute and the excellent strength of its faculty and staff members in various research groups has made ITS an obvious choice for me. At the time when I was searching for the most suitable university for my PhD, it was also very comforting to know from word of mouth that ITS and Leeds University hosts students from various parts of the world especially from Pakistan, and has a very welcoming environment for foreign students.

My advice to students interested in this course is that it is important to identify which transport research area interests you the most at the beginning of your study. Doing a PhD demands a lot of dedication, focus, strength, flexibility and patience. Furthermore, if you are a foreign student, you have to make lot of cultural and environmental adjustments. Therefore, for a successful completion of your study, it is important that you prepare yourself well in advance to face all these challenges.