Nyasha Pedulu, Harare, Zimbabwe
Nyasha was the 2014/15 recipient of Swansea University’s prestigious Eira-Davies Scholarship. We caught up with Nyasha to find out more about her about her experiences of Swansea University and her course, MSc Gerontology and Ageing.
Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?
My choice of University was led by the MSc program I wanted to study and Swansea University proved to be one of the highly recognised institutions in the field in the UK. I was also drawn to the fact that it offered world class research facilities and that the program was delivered by renowned research experts in the field. Needless to say it was not very difficult to make the decision.
What did you do after graduating?
I have recently returned to my home country where I am currently looking for a job placement with our government. As a developing country, Zimbabwe is already facing numerous challenges. The welfare of older citizens is becoming more and more challenging in the face of increasingly difficult economic times. I therefore believe that this MSc in Gerontology and Ageing is rightly placed in contributing to improving the technical expertise in the area and increasing the human resources that contribute to the research in this area. On a broader scale, as population ageing increases globally including in my region; I believe through making inroads in research I will be able to influence the policy making of my country as we prepare for the impact of population ageing in the future.
How will your course help with your chosen career path?
Studying this course helped me to develop advanced research skills. The experience of self-directed study and the support from the professors in my department really improved my skill set and confidence, which will go a long way in my future prospects as a researcher. In the future I look forward to pursuing my PhD studies and contributing to enhancing the research on Ageing, as well as contributing to the Social Policies in my home country.
What advice do you have for current students?
I would encourage future students to enjoy their studies at Swansea. To take part in the variety of social and cultural activities the University offers. I also encourage them to harness the expertise and facilities available to them so that they can be as ready as possible to start their careers as market leaders.
Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?
I definitely would recommend Swansea University to prospective students. Swansea offers an amazing place to live and study. Its location is beautiful, set in a very scenic and charming city. There is a vibrant student life and the staff and facilities will get you ready to take on the job market confidently.
Describe your Swansea University experience in one sentence…
An amazing time of learning and self discovery in an inspiring and memorable place!