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Why did you decide to study for a postgraduate degree?

Growing up in Nnewi, Nigeria, I had this dream of studying at a university overseas and becoming a researcher.

Why did you decide to study in the UK?

The UK seemed to be my heart’s preference in the first place, but I could only afford this through sponsorship.

Why did you choose the University of Chester?

The University of Chester has an excellent academic reputation, and through its Westminster scholarship, I was able to benefit from a reduction in tuition fees. I raised additional funds through crowdfunding, which enabled me to enrol on the MSc Public Health Nutrition course.

How did you find studying in the UK?

Arriving in England in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic added a twist to my adventure. I didn’t think I would be able to experience the quality of education I had envisaged, nor the normal social interaction in a conventional higher education setting. Although the social interaction was somewhat impeded, the quality of education remained top-notch.

How did you find the course?

The flexible learning approach adopted by the University meant that we moved to online learning when the nation went into the second lockdown. It was a new experience for me, but it did help me to develop new skills that have proven useful in today’s post-COVID society. The flexibility of staff across the different departments in the University really helped. They responded to emails and scheduled one-on-one online meetings to facilitate continued learning.

There are vital components of the MSc Public Health Nutrition course that have set me on the right path to my dream career. Critical thinking and writing were the first skills I learned at the University of Chester. The course was structured to encourage independent learning, helping me to hone my skills in reasoning, accountability, and time management.

As well as great lecturers, we had professionals in the field delivering some components of the course, giving us an insight into real world application. Specifically, the professional perspective module helped me to develop my portfolio, including creating professional social media accounts. Interestingly, I connected with my current PhD supervisor through the Twitter account I created whilst at the University of Chester.

What opportunities have there been at the University of Chester to help you reach your career goals?

The University of Chester offered me an outstanding opportunity for self-development, value creation, and networking during my time as a Student Experience Representative for my class and Panel Member (Student Reviewer) for the Academic Periodic Review at the University’s Department of Biological Sciences. Interacting with my peers, attending the student-staff liaison meetings, and being involved with the review board helped me develop essential lifetime leadership skills.

What are you doing now you’ve completed your postgraduate degree?

I graduated with a Distinction and became a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (AfN), which has opened many doors for me. 

I am currently pursuing my doctorate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. My current research focuses on personalised nutrition, cardiometabolic health, and multi-omics, a reflection of my training at the University of Chester. So, I’m on the path to achieving my lifelong dream of becoming a researcher.

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