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What our postgraduate research students say

Shahideh Safavi
PhD ( Division of Respiratory Medicine), 2019



Isatou Jallow (Aisha)

"I opted to do my PhD at the University of Nottingham because it offered a unique course in epidemiology and public health that really matched my career interests. The Division of Epidemiology and Public Health within the School of Medicine has incredibly resourceful academics and researchers with a wealth of knowledge.

Being part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) within the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, I could see my research within the context of other tobacco research being carried out within the centre and it is an inspirational forum for sharing ideas and collaborating on projects. It widened my experience on tobacco research and gave me opportunities to present my research at national and international conferences.

All through my years here as a PhD student I have been well supported by staff, fellow students and most importantly by my supervisors. My supervisors have been incredible and support me all times to make my study time very fruitful and enjoyable."

(Aisha is from The Gambia.)


Uchenna Anyanwagu
PhD (Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine), 2017

"One of the best things that happened to me in life was gaining admission into the University of Nottingham – first, for an MSc in Applied Epidemiology which was followed immediately by a PhD in Medicine and Health, thankfully through a studentship from the Division.  As a trainee Public Health Physician then, this fitted perfectly into my career path and dreams.

I had the rare grace of having very wonderful supervisors who did not just see me as another PhD fellow, but as a colleague who needed to be mentored and given all needed platforms to excel in his chosen field and career. Their support was overwhelming in addition to that of the Divisional administrators and other academic staff responsible for postgraduate students.

Through them, I was able to submit my PhD thesis within two and half years; had 10 publications from my thesis before defence; and stood on many international scientific platforms in UK, across Europe and America to share my PhD work and findings with a larger audience. This added so much quality to my work. I was nominated for the Prize for the Best Research in Type 2 Diabetes in UK in 2017 and had the honour to feature on the front page of the leading US Medical Newspaper in 2017.

The Nottingham and Derby academic community enriched my experience as I served as a PG representative whilst studying for my MSc and PhD. As a PGR representative and member of the School of Medicine Postgraduate Research Student Network (PGRSN) this afforded me the opportunity to interact with many other students and interface with the University’s staff and management."


Vicky Booth

"My experience of completing my PhD with the School of Medicine and the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing has been extraordinary.  The division has some of the most inspiring, talented and knowledgeable researchers in the world, all of whom value the contribution of you as a PhD student, make you feel welcome in their world, and support you to be the best researcher you can be.  My supervisors have been incredible, supporting me when needed and allowing me to grow and develop my skills through experience and opportunities.  I could not have done my PhD in a better place and have, and will continue, to promote the School of Medicine and Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing as an exemplary environment to conduct your research and gain your qualifications.  The Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research has developed in my time within the Division, and I feel strongly that the opportunity to study and work alongside other clinicians and clinical-academics has been a cornerstone of my success."

Vibhore Prasad

“As a working General Practitioner (GP), I had always been passionate about making a difference to the healthcare of my patients. Ever since I was a medical student I could see that, in order to influence the practice of medicine and alter our society’s health in the future, I will need to be an academic clinician and to work for the health and wellbeing of children.

I came to undertake my doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham with the Division of Primary Care because it is world-leading and has an expertise in the use of routinely collected healthcare datasets. I worked with Professor Denise Kendrick in the Injury Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group (IEPRG) but was co-supervised by Professor Joe West in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health and Professor Kapil Sayal at the Institute of Mental Health. This co-supervision across three divisions allowed me to achieve my goal of studying a common mental health condition in children and young people whilst working alongside experts in the field for database research. My doctoral studies have led me to work at another world-leading institution and collaborate with leading academics in the field of child mental health research. These opportunities were fully supported by my supervisors and they made the introductions which allowed this to happen. Undertaking my doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham has been an essential component in my academic journey, which I aim to use to improve the mental health of children and young people.”

Lilian Nwosu

"Studying at The University of Nottingham has been really memorable and since starting my PhD degree, I have never had second thoughts about doing it at the University.

My research project in the field of arthritis pain at the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre widened my experience on pain research and gave me opportunities to present my research at international conferences thus facilitating new connections and collaborations. The international research excellence scholarships offered by the University is one of the many positives about the University in addition to the various facilities including advice on different career options made available to its students. The diversity of the University and its location in the multicultural city of Nottingham makes it an ideal place to study."

Laura Wyatt

"I have extremely enjoyed studying for my PhD in the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at The University of Nottingham. Throughout my time at Nottingham I have had endless opportunities to enhance my professional development, through undertaking science outreach activities, presenting my research at national and international conferences and forming collaborations with experts from different disciplines within the School of Medicine. The school offers an excellent range of post-graduate training courses from preparing for the PhD viva, career advice, statistical help, and courses to enhance presentation skills, as well as many more. There is an excellent support network within the school and regular progress meetings to provide extra guidance if needed. Nottingham is a great city and I would thoroughly recommend studying for a PhD here."

Miriam Gray
PhD (Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology), 2014
"The University of Nottingham has been a great place to study for my PhD. Throughout my years here I have been well supported by members of staff and my fellow students. There is an atmosphere of interdisciplinary collaboration which, in a field such as dementia, was invaluable. Being part of the Centre for Dementia within the Institute of Mental Health meant that I could see my research within the context of other dementia research being carried out and it is an inspirational forum for sharing ideas and collaborating on projects. Studying at such a prestigious university has given weight to my research at the national and international level and given me opportunities to work with some of the most well-known names in healthcare research. I would definitely recommend the University of Nottingham to anyone considering studying for a PhD."
Mariel Slater

"I chose to come to Nottingham because of its high standing (Russell group), good location and because I had a good rapport with the people who interviewed me. I think that it is in an excellent place to carry out a PhD from my experience in the School of Medicine because the University offers N-trans training, support from an internal examiner, admin staff and the postgraduate school, external training opportunities, travel prizes, excellent supervisory support, career advice/courses, a counselling service and plenty of social events or clubs to join. I recently dedicated my PhD thesis to my PhD supervisor/line manager for being such a supportive and influential role model and attending/working at this University has had a very positive impact on my life."


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