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Ayodeji Paul Akinberu

Ondo, Nigeria

MSc Nursing

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up)

Ayodeji Paul Akinberu was working as a staff nurse at First Cardiology Consultant in Lagos, Nigeria, when he decided to enrol onto the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up) at the University of Sunderland. Initially nervous about making the leap from his comfort zone, he was reassured by the helpful information he received at a Get Ahead event and knew he was making the right choice for him. Now studying for the MSc Nursing, he has enjoyed his time at Sunderland.

I used to work at First Cardiology Consultant in Lagos, Nigeria, as a staff nurse. I decided to come and study for the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up) at the University of Sunderland because of the course duration, teaching and learning quality, environment, culture, and accommodation. At first, when I received my offer, it was difficult for me to decide whether to come or not, as I was uncertain of the challenges I would encounter by leaving my comfort zone and going to a new place I've never visited before. But, thanks to the information I received at a Get Ahead event and the helpful information I found on the University’s website, I was inspired to make the choice to come.

Choosing the University of Sunderland again to study for the MSc Nursing was not difficult and was based on my experiences with the tranquil environment, accommodation, living expenses, quality of staff (especially the lecturers who are very effective in their roles), and also the readily accessible teaching and learning facilities.

The MSc Nursing course is delivered at a high quality level. The best aspects of the course for me have to do with the teaching and learning process, the calibre of staff, the facilities, and the multicultural nature of class members. Staff are always very helpful and efficient and make the course a worthwhile experience. They're also very sensitive to learners’ needs, ensuring learning is facilitated through various techniques, and feedback has been constructive, returned in a timely fashion. The two libraries are well-equipped and you can get almost any notable nursing literature easily.

I would recommend the University without a second thought. The city of Sunderland is rich in culture, with tourist attractions such as the beaches at Roker and Seaburn. If you are a sports lover like me, you will be fascinated by the amount of sporting activities you will come across at the University sports centre and at the Stadium of Light. To top it all off, the locals are very friendly to visitors. You will need to experience it for yourself to know that the University of Sunderland is truly life-changing.

Before obtaining my first degree, I promised myself that I would be consistently hardworking and persevere because being successful will not only strengthen my career journey to become a nursing lecturer, but will also make my family proud and motivate others with similar aspirations.

My experience at the University of Sunderland has been splendid from my first day on campus. The journey remains promising and interesting, and the quality and wealth of knowledge and skills I have accumulated is unbelievable. I now feel more confident about my aspirations.”

Published 15 January 2021

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