22/23 Eira Francis Scholarship Awardee
Originally from Nigeria, Bethel is the recipient of the Eira Francis Davies Scholarship for the academic year 22/23. Studying MSc Health Informatics, Bethel is particularly interested in developing innovative solutions to healthcare delivery and she aspires to improve healthcare in her native Nigeria.
Find out more about Bethel, her motivations and what she wants to gain from studies, and how the Eira Francis Davies Scholarship has changed her life.
In Conversation with Bethel
How do you feel about being awarded this scholarship?
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. Every chance I get to interact with my coursemates and contribute to my modules, I can’t get over the fact that the scholarship scheme provided by Swansea university enabled me to be a part of this.
It’s a blessing that I don’t take for granted and I’m learning to make the most of, day by day.
What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?
Before coming to Swansea, I worked as a Clinical Data Scientist with a CRO and was a part of a team that provided data management and analysis services to ongoing clinical research trials.
Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?
I believe for any institution, there comes a point where they barely have to do any self advertisement because their accomplishments speak loudly for them. This was one of the first things that drew me to the university as I had seen several occasions where the school had been commended for academic and research excellence. Also, the school is situated in a serene environment right next to the beach providing a positive setting to learn and this was important to me as I am an advocate of maintaining school-life balance. Finally, choosing Swansea meant that I would get to be a part of a multicultural community which has been interesting so far.
Can you tell us about your course?
I am studying Health Informatics and the program involves the use of technology to improve the delivery of healthcare. It centers on digitizing processes and making the flow of health information easier for practitioners as well as improving outcomes for patients ultimately.
What part of the course do you enjoy the most?
My favorite part of the course has to be my classes. It gives a holistic view on the healthcare system and gives us a medium to brainstorm ideas that would improve the current system. This is preparing me to be a change agent in the real word of informatics and learn the ropes of decision making and innovation.
What are your plans/hopes for the future?
I plan on establishing a health informatics consulting firm that provides outsourced products and services like technical analysis/recommendations, strategic advisory as well as health information systems with decision support. This would majorly be focused on Africa before going to a global scale.
Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?
I would definitely recommend Swansea University to other students. I believe that there is a place for any kind of student here at Swansea and the inclusion is one of a kind. It is very easy to adapt in this environment as everyone is ready to help you if you encounter any difficulties. Also, we have access to top notch facilities that help enhance our learning.
What has been the highlight of your experience at Swansea University so far?
The highlight of my experience is the well rounded scheme that the school provides. Not only have I gained a lot academically, but I have gotten skills for employability as well as having a community of people that are just like family.
How do you find Swansea as a place to study and live?
Swansea is a very beautiful and welcoming city. As someone coming from another country, I was keen on finding a place that would feel like home while studying and I can say that I have found a home in Swansea. The city offers a lot to its residents and the friendliness of people would help you settle in properly.