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Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

About the Scholarship

This prestigious scholarship recognises applications from outstanding students who can demonstrate their skills and commitment to becoming future global leaders. A one-off payment of £5,000 is allocated as a fee waiver in the first year of study.

A University panel will select applicants to receive the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship based on the most promising students who meet the eligibility criteria.

Point of entry: For students enrolling in January 2022.

Eligibility criteria: To be eligible to apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship, you will:

  • Be a genuine applicant, intending to study an international fee-paying undergraduate (including Level 0) or postgraduate taught degree level course, enrolling for the first time at Teesside University.
  • Start your course in January 2022
  • Submit an application for consideration

Please note: The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship may not be used in conjunction with any other Teesside University Scholarship or Alumni Scholarship. Successful applicants may still receive the £500 discount for early payment of their fees.

Deadline for applications: 29 October 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified by end of November 2021.

Conditions of the Scholarship

Successful recipients of the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship will be required to act as an ambassador for the University for the duration of your studies, which may involve but is not limited to the following:

  • representing Teesside University at Open Days
  • contributing to marketing and promotional materials
  • participating in international student events
  • acting as a mentor to fellow students
  • contributing to/creating a blog or vlog to report on your experience at Teesside University.

You are also required to continue to engage with the University as a valued member of our global alumni.

Application Process

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words using the application form below, demonstrating:

  • your outstanding attributes, both personal and academic
  • your commitment to becoming a future global leader
  • how you will use your Teesside University degree to achieve your future ambitions.



January 2021 Scholarship recipients

Ken Afari-Kwaku

Ken Afari-Kwaku
Ghana
MSc International Management (Applied)

I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts, specialising in painting, at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology. While studying there, I was elected the President of the Association of Painting Students (APS). After completing my degree, I served my country in National Service as an English teacher.

I began my career in customer service relations, but I was drawn to management. This has informed my decision to study MSc International Management (Applied). I consider myself blessed to be awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. My educational goal is to have my Master’s Degree and ultimately a PhD in a similar field.

Ghana is experiencing a renaissance in business and infrastructures. After school, I hope to become an entrepreneur and start a new business or help an existing business grow and develop. In the long term, I will focus on social entrepreneurship and look for an opportunity to serve as a Member of Parliament. I believe the program will help me understand the theoretical underpinnings and practices that keep multinational organisations ahead of their local peers in Ghana and to effect a positive change for my nation.

Chinwendu Ajibo

Chinwendu Ajibo
Nigeria
MSc Dietetics (Pre-Registration)

I am Chinwendu Ajibo (née Edeh), born and brought up in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria, West Africa. I graduated from the University of Nigeria with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and have completed an MSc in Nutritional Science at Northumbria University. I am passionate about using food to treat diseases and I look forward to the hands-on education provided in the MSc Dietetics course at Teesside University.

I am so honoured to be awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. This scholarship is an enormous financial support to me. By the time I complete my studies at Teesside University, I will be a qualified dietitian and eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council, after which I will be able to practice as a dietitian. The enhanced critical thinking, knowledge and skills acquired will also serve as stepping stones to my long-term goal of undertaking further research in dietetics which will lead to a PhD and help with my future aspiration of becoming a global leader.

Reyane Sabrina Boudjouher

Reyane Sabrina Boudjouher
Algeria
MSc Chemical Engineering (with Advanced Practice)

My name is Reyane. I am Algerian and a self-disciplined chemical engineering graduate with an excellent academic background. During my undergraduate studies, I actively participated in academic and social extracurricular activities.

I was selected to do a research fellowship program after my first year. I also worked as an international engineering ambassador and joined the Model United Nations society as a conference coordinator. I have a special interest in green and renewable energy, to make life easier and energy more accessible and sustainable. I want to pursue a PhD in electrochemical engineering to find alternative energy storage systems.

One of the main reasons I chose to study a master’s at Teesside University is because of the option of doing a year in industry. I consider this program a chance to enhance my engineering knowledge and gain experience in a multinational company. The degree at Teesside University will also enhance my entrepreneurial mind-set through the research and enterprise module and the entrepreneurship workshops available.

Noel Paul Raphi Arimburr

Noel Paul Raphi Arimbur
India
MA Comics and Graphic Novels

I was born in Dubai where I lived for nine years before moving to Nairobi, Kenya where I spent eight years of my life during my formative early teens. Currently, I reside in Thrissur, Kerala, where I have lived for five years.

I was quite prolific in art competitions as a child, and in Kenya I had the opportunity to participate several times in the official EAMUN/MSMUN, held at the UN Headquarters. After I completed my schooling in Thrissur, I studied at DSK International Campus Rubika (now Rubika India), where I obtained my Bachelor’s in Animation and Design. Afterwards, I spent six months interning at an advertising agency in Pune.

I'd like to continue this journey and learn how to bring to life the stories, dreams and whims of my imagination. I hope to bring creativity into the print and digital domain for all to enjoy. Teesside University will help me acquire these skills in the field that has been the main source of inspiration ever since I was a child and hopefully help me captivate future generations of children and adults.

Nancy Karem Tawfik

Nancy Karem Tawfik
Egypt
MSc Advanced Biomedical Science

I have a solid motivation to follow my passion in the field of Biomedical Sciences to be distinguished in my career. I’ve obtained my bachelor’s of science in Biotechnology and I want to leave my fingerprint with a career in treating incurable diseases and saving human lives.

I’m a firm believer that if your dreams don't scare you, then they're not big enough. I have competed in multiple international competitions and was recognised as the youngest and only Egyptian female scientist. I have worked as teacher and research assistant in the best universities in Egypt. Being a role model for my students has encouraged me to pursue MSc Advanced Biomedical Science at Teesside University. I’m seeking to receive the highest education level to motivate Arab girls, provide my students with all the necessary support and work as an ambassador for Teesside University as well as securing a professional job after my master’s degree.

September 2020 Scholarship recipients

Benjamin Adotey

Benjamin Adotey
Ghana
MSc Accounting and Finance

I pursued my undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. My specialty was accounting. I have experience as a content creator, sales executive, internal audit assistant, inventory control manager and principal accountant.

My ambition is to become a beacon of excellence in the accounting and finance profession, specifically as an academician and industrial practitioner. I am outspoken, resilient and confident in whatever I do. I believe life has more to do with how you own your mind than what others think you can or cannot do. The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship awarded to me has had a significant impact on making it possible for me to pursue MSc Accounting and Finance. The lecturers and staff are very supportive. There are also many avenues available to meet new people and learn new things.

I expect to use the knowledge and skills I will acquire and the networks I create to set up businesses, undertake lecturing roles and contribute my quota to making this world a better place for all humanity.

Akol Brian

Akol Brian
Uganda
LLB (Hons) Law

My name is Akol Brian, I am 19 years old and I come from a humble family background in Uganda. I am greatly honoured to receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship and I am excited about studying at Teesside University because of the opportunity to study my desired course which is LLB (Hons) Law.

The fact that Teesside University has great lecturers as well as useful modules will provide me with the best knowledge and skills as my main career ambition is to become a lawyer in the future.

The opportunity to interact with so many people from different cultures is intriguing to me and this experience will surely build my levels of confidence as well as my social skills. I can’t wait to create good memories during my time at Teesside University as I work hard in order to achieve my goals for the future.

Nadiah Aslan

Nadiah Aslan
Brunei
BA (Hons) Business Economics

I am excited to join Teesside University because it is ranked in the top 4 in the UK for overall international student satisfaction. The lecturers are very helpful and have made the course more interesting. Teesside University is a close community and I am very excited to start my journey in Teesside, meet new people and get out of my comfort zone.

I am extremely passionate about football, which is one of my main interests. Football has helped me a lot. Academics are important but other activities also have a significant impact on one’s personal development. Football gave me an insight into how to handle pressure and work effectively in a team.

Studying economics will help me develop a more scientific approach, understand historical trends and make predictions about economic prospects. This motivates me to study Business Economics with the aim of helping enhance the economy as a whole as the range of skills developed through studying economics are massively flexible and can be employed in different industries.

Mohammad Haziq Bin Abdul Razak

Mohammad Haziq Bin Abdul Razak
Singapore
BSc Physiotherapy

Venturing into the field of physiotherapy is very new to me. However, the benefits of it are something I am very well aware of. Being an active sportsperson participating in competitions at national level and having a physiotherapist attached to my team to assist with getting us in the best possible shape before games or with our rehabilitation post-injury made me develop a quiet respect for the profession.

I hope to build on my basic knowledge about physiotherapy with the guidance of highly capable Teesside University lecturers who are active and former practitioners in the field. I am confident that I will be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to be a competent physiotherapist upon graduation. I am deeply honored to be awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship which will not only aid me financially but further motivate me to do my best.

Upon graduation, I hope to go back to my home country and share my invaluable placement experience working in the NHS. I will give back to the community by helping people from all walks of life, be it one undergoing rehabilitation, post-surgery or post-injury.

Peng Chen

Peng Chen
China
BA (Hons) International Business Management

It is a great honour for me to be rewarded Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. After completing the first three years of my university studies in China, I was fortunate to come to Teesside University as an exchange student to complete my undergraduate studies. I came from Zhengzhou Henan province and the famous birthplace of the Chinese Kung Fu-Shaolin Temple is located in my hometown. I’m a positive person who loves cultural diversity and my hobbies are football and travel.

When I graduate from Teesside, I’d like to finish my postgraduate studies in the UK. After that, I will try to start my career in Britain or my home country and seek a job in the field of business or finance. In addition to undergraduate studies, I also passed the China Securities Industry Qualification Certificate Test to prepare for my future. I know how hard it is to work in my target field especially in a foreign country like the UK, but I will try my best to achieve my goal.

Itohan Precious Evianmwonyi

Itohan Precious Evianmwonyi
Nigeria
MSc Food Science and Biotechnology (with Advanced Practice)

I hold a Bachelors’ degree in Crop Science, and I am currently studying for a Master’s degree in Food Science and Biotechnology (with Advanced Practice) here at Teesside University.

I like to think of myself as a problem-solver who can make valuable contributions to society. A guiding philosophy for me is that the world can be a much better place for everyone if collaboration and co-operation during problem solving is encouraged.

After completing my program at Teesside University, I intend to use the knowledge and expertise I have gained to help revive the deteriorating food sector in my home country. I hope to play an active role in helping to phase out outdated food processing techniques still in use in Nigeria by introducing novel food processing methods that ensure the preservation of nutrients, reduction in food spoilage and wastage and an increase in food production output in order to feed the rapidly growing population in my country. Long term, I hope to play a significant role in my country’s food sector.

Tomilola Otun-Fikayo

Tomilola Otun-Fikayo
Nigeria
MA Digital Media and Communications

I have worked in the entertainment and production industry in Nigeria for over nine years. During that time I managed a TV talk show, a popular comedy series and created YouTube content. My experience as a program manager has inspired me to create a channel on YouTube where I talk about relationships and parenting.

The decision to study MA Digital Media and Communications is a result of my passion for the media and entertainment industry. I believe the course will help me improve on my current skills and acquire the new skills required to thrive in the media and communications industry of the 21st century.

I feel very privileged to have be awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. During my studies, I will have the opportunity to meet, interact, learn and share experiences with students and media industry professionals. After my course I plan to revamp my YouTube channel by leveraging the use of social and digital media. I also plan to create an impact in the Nigeria content industry by creating digital content targeted at training young content creators to improve their skills.

Tiya Elen Kuriakose

Tiya Elen Kuriakose
India
MPH Public Health (Applied)

I have completed my doctorate in pharmacy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Karnataka, India. My undergraduate studies helped me gain sound knowledge and a firm grasp of the underlying principles in pharmacy.

I was born into a closely knit family, where the values and ethics were of utmost importance. My confidence has grown in leaps and bounds and makes me hold firm to my vision of success. Throughout my life, I have been driven by the desire to create and innovate.

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. I am sure that, with Teesside University’s help, I can come out with flying colors with my polished skills to build my dream career. My goal is to complete my Master’s Degree and put the knowledge and skills I developed during my course into practice.

Charles Kwaku Sam

Charles Kwaku Sam
Ghana
MSc Microbiology (with Advanced Practice)

I come from Ghana, a West African country with great hospitality that is rich in minerals and culture. I am confident, goal oriented, creative, resilient, passionate about everything I do and a great lover of music and drama. I have acquired a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biochemistry from the University for Development Studies in Ghana, where I served as laboratory instructor and an assistant to tutors upon completing my studies. I have relevant research experience in medicinal plants, antioxidants and alpha-glucosidase inhibitory potentials (relevant in managing diabetes type-2).

My goal is to contribute to remedies or preventative care in Africa and the world at large. I want to train scientists in microbial and life sciences, contributing to the growth of the scientific community in my native country.

Most young scientists in Africa struggle with employment and research experience due to inadequately equipped research facilities, poor practical scientific education and limited industrialisation and opportunities. Acquiring this degree will help me contribute to bridging this gap, as I hope to help develop more research facilities to aid research and training of young scientists in Ghana.

Grace Lau

Grace Lau
Singapore
BSc Physiotherapy

My name is Grace Lau and I come from Singapore. As a bold, passionate, and courageous individual, I do not shy away from any opportunities given to me and constantly strive to improve myself.

Improving the well-being of the people around me has always been something I found fulfilment in and this prompted my interest in physiotherapy. I hope to become a practitioner who not only provides treatments to alleviate pain but also as a tool used to encourage and support others to be the best versions of themselves.

I believe that everyone deserves equal rights and opportunities, which include the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. After graduating from university and equipping myself with the necessary skills and knowledge, I hope to embark on medical mission trips with other practitioners to offer holistic care for people in developing countries. I am extremely grateful to receive the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship and will try my best to be a valuable asset to Teesside University.

Safiya Sultana Mohammed Hassan
India
MSc Food Science and Biotechnology (with Advanced Practice)

I graduated with a degree in Applied Nutrition & Public Health in 2017. I have also participated in the Welfare Awareness Program conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The teaching faculty and the entire family of Teesside University are warm, welcoming and always helpful. Being awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship has helped me work towards my dreams. It reduces my financial burden and helps me to focus more on my studies and research.

Teesside is well known for its specialisation in food science and biotechnology. I am being taught by top researchers and experts. I have gained experience in launching a new food product in the market. I have also learned about various research in the food industry. My long-term goal is to become a food scientist in the Indian Council of Medical Research and to work in the National Institute of Nutrition. Food scientists ensure the quality of food being supplied to society and help people to have a healthy lifestyle, as proper, healthy and nutritious food is the best way to fight disease.

Xin Jie Mok

Xin Jie Mok
Malaysia
BSc Forensic Science

I was born and raised in Malaysia, which is a multi-cultural country in Southeast Asia. I attended a Chinese primary school and proceeded to a Chinese independent high school for secondary education. I’ve travelled here in October and the weather is getting colder. I can’t wait to get used to the cold weather in Middlesbrough since I previously lived in Malaysia, a hot country.

Teesside University’s BSc Forensic Science has the perfect teaching resources and the university itself has a really good environment and an excellent academic atmosphere. I expect to graduate with the essential academic and professional skills and experience required to stand out as a person who can contribute to the world. Upon finishing my BSc Forensic Science course, I will become a forensic toxicologist and will be able to pursue diverse job opportunities in the scientist profession.

Chisolu Samuel Obumneke-Okeke

Chisolu Samuel Obumneke-Okeke
Nigeria
LLM Master of Laws (Applied)

I am a 27-year-old lawyer, poet and writer from Abatete, a small village in Nigeria. I attained my Bachelor of Law degree at 21 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar to practice law at 22. I have taken up a plethora of roles in the different sectors that I worked in. I possess an in-depth knowledge of relevant principles, techniques, terminologies and legislation.

I have liaised with globally recognised regulatory authorities to advise on multi-national transactions. I recently worked as an In-House Attorney for Eko Electricity Distribution (arguably the biggest electricity distribution company in West Africa).

At the end of my course, I intend use my knowledge to secure a challenging and fulfilling new leadership role which will utilise all my existing expertise while providing scope for continued professional development and growth in the future. I intend to tackle home-grown and international legal problems in a bid to find a lasting solution to them. I have always wanted an opportunity to see the world, to understand how laws work in various jurisdictions. Teesside University has made that dream come true for me.

Faizan Naeem Sayed

Faizan Naeem Sayed
India
MSc Mechanical Engineering (with Advanced Practice)

I completed my bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, India. With three years of experience in mechanical design and quality, I have acquired technical skills and knowledge in my field. Working for a manufacturing company, I'm now adept at team work, resolving problems, finding alternatives and using the available resources wisely. I'm also involved in many social activities. I have been associated with the Rotaract Club for more than 5 years. As a team we have organised events like blood donation camps, youth development programs, youth leadership awards and fundraising events for charity.

My career goal is to work in the design or research and development departments in a multinational company. I have a passion to connect, communicate, and work with different people coming from different communities. I intend to develop a strong technical background and serve humanity.

The modules offered on my course are well formulated and designed with respect to global trends and demand. Teesside University has always supported me regarding academics, extra-curricular activities and financial advice. The university provides proper career support and guideline for students. Being a student at Teesside University has given me an opportunity to achieve new goals.

Xaiochuan Wang

Xaiochuan Wang
China
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I come from China, where I graduated from Beihua University with a degree in mechanical engineering. I also have some work experience in China as a teaching assistant and as an engineer’s assistant in Zhuhai Guanyu Group.

I achieved straight As in my High School Achievement Test then attended a summer camp held by Swansea University in July 2018. I achieved a 6.0 IELTS grade and won the Distinguished Prize in the Small Vehicles Hitting the Wall contest. I published a paper titled Discussions on Vehicles Marketing Based on the New Media as an Intermediate in Modern Marketing in March 2019.

I love my course and I look forward to the future. I hope to improve my education at Teesside University, because knowledge is in direct proportion to working ability. After graduating from Teesside, I will probably take the postgraduate entrance exam. I really hope I can be an excellent engineer in the future so I will study hard in the UK.

January 2020 Scholarship recipients

January 2020 Scholarship recipients

Ishmam Ahmed

Ishmam Ahmed
Bangladesh
LLM Master of Laws
I am Ishmam Ahmed. I’m from Bangladesh, a South Asian country enriched with natural and cultural heritage. I have completed my Bachelor of Law degree from Leading University. After completing my degree, I worked as an apprentice lawyer in Sylhet Judge’s Court and as a case work assistant in Immigration Ace, an immigration consultancy.

I am keen to learn from new experiences and like to judge myself with various challenges. I have been awarded Best Counsel Award in the Leading University Model United Nations 2018, while representing France in the International Court of Justice. I consider myself blessed to be awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, which has not only inspired me to join Teesside University to pursue my LLM Master of Laws, but also encouraged me to achieve my potential throughout my study at the university. The outstanding teaching and learning environment at Teesside University would allow me to become a distinguished professional in my field.

Ayman Mohamed Abdalla

Ayman Mohammed Abdalla
Egypt
MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems (with Advanced Practice)
I’ve always been so driven by a passion to be distinguished in my career, so I applied for Alexandria University in Egypt and chose the electromechanical engineering major. It’s such a male-dominant major but this never stopped me from pursuing it with extreme ambition and determination..

I’ve competed in multiple international competitions and worked as an electrical field engineer in a multi-billiondollar gas plant for BP in Egypt. I was the youngest and only female field engineer in the field engineering team. After being involved in this rewarding experience for over a year now, I’ve decided to pursue MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems at Teesside University. This qualification will provide the proper base for creating and engineering sustainable power for future eco-friendly projects, will enrich my knowledge of the profession to make the lives of others easier and will earn me my chartered engineer license.

Mosunmoluwa Adesanya

Mosunmoluwa Adesanya
Nigeria
MBA Master of Business Administration (Applied)
I am from Ijebu, West Nigeria. I have worked as a project engineer in indigenous and multinational industries. I have a great passion for effectively and efficiently planning resources and executing projects in a timely manner.

With this background, I acquired BEng and MSc Petroleum Engineering at Teesside University. The university has outstanding tutors, facilities, laboratories and student excursions. To further pursue my dreams, I want to acquire advanced skills and knowledge so that I can become an outstanding manager in my industry. I applied to study the MBA Master of Business Administration (Applied) program and was privileged to receive the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship.

My dreams are to improve indigenous industries in Nigeria, to be an outstanding global manager and to be a good ambassador for Teesside University.

Basanta Dhungana

Basanta Dhungana
Nepal
MSc Bioinformatics
I’m from Kathmnadu, Nepal. I graduated in Bachelor of Biotechnology from Purbanchal University in 2018. I have two years of combined experience working in different institutes. I worked as research assistant for Truffle Research Center for six months and I spent six months at Himalayan White House College as a Lab Assistant.

Achieving the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for my MSc Bioinformatics at Teesside University is a great pleasure for me. More than just supporting me economically, this scholarship will also boost my confidence to the next level. Teesside University has always encouraged students in variety of ways and it is a pleasure for me to be considered an eligible student for this scholarship.

I am looking forward to performing well academically, working as an ambassador for Teesside University and securing an ideal job after my study programme.

Cindy Wangechi Chomba

Cindy Wangechi Chomba
Kenya
MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
My name is Cindy Wangechi and I am from Nairobi, Kenya. I am ambitious, headstrong, disciplined and bold. I like new experiences and I am not afraid to venture into uncharted territory.

I am a strong believer in seeing the world from different perspectives and from other people’s eyes in order to enrich my own scope of understanding. It is because of this that I feel greatly privileged to be awarded this scholarship at this immensely prestigious institution. The cultural exposure I am sure to get, coupled with the world-acclaimed topnotch academic standards this university is lauded for makes me feel destined to grow my professional skills to international level. Ultimately, I will use my experience to develop the relatively young petroleum industry in my home country, Kenya.

Gisselle Fernandes
India
MBA Master of Business Administration
I am a confident, ambitious and hard-working individual from India. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with honours from Mumbai University and I have studied at St. Andrew’s College.

Soon after graduation, I was hired by JP Morgan Chase Bank. I worked for JP Morgan Chase for four years and it has been a journey of self-development. I learned management and interpersonal skills and I have grown into a much more reliable and responsible individual. I want to pursue a career in business.

I want to continue my studies by pursuing an MBA and get international recognition and exposure in the business world. I was offered a great opportunity to join Teesside University to pursue my MBA. I am so grateful to receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. It is a privilege to be an eligible student for this scholarship. I look forward to being a valuable part of Teesside University.

Shaheryar Khan

Shaheryar Khan
Pakistan
MA Visual Effects
I am Shaheryar Khan, known for being a good listener and clear communicator. I grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. From childhood, I was fond of meeting new people from all walks of life and expressing myself freely.

Being the youngest child, I was always given special importance by my parents and this led me to become a confident individual with strong moral values. During my A-levels, I realised that I am a creative individual so I decided to pursue a graduate degree in interactive systems and video game design from the University of Bradford.

After discovering Teesside University, I realised that I need to equip myself with a postgraduate education to make me competent in my field and help me become the leader I have always wanted to be and inspire people around me. I feel very honoured to receive such a prestigious scholarship and I hope to live up to the expectations of the university.

Rhoda Olawumi Oloba

Rhoda Olawumi Oloba
Nigeria
MA Multimedia Public Relations
I am an outspoken and open-minded Nigerian lady who holds a Bachelor in English Education. I grew up as the youngest in a family of four girls. During my childhood, I loved meeting new people from diverse backgrounds and learning more about cultural differences. I am delighted to have received an offer to study MA Multimedia Public Relations at Teesside University. I have decided to study this course to help mitigate all the communication problems in my country, Nigeria, and to step up as a global leader for communication and public relation matters.

I am optimistic that after studying my course at Teesside University, I will be more self-confident with a higher level of professional skills and a reflective awareness of contemporary issues in the communication field. I will ensure I work very hard to make history and contribute positively to the university’s history.

MD Ubaydul Hoque
Bangladesh
MSc Civil and Structural Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
I am Md Ubaydul Hoque, a graduate in civil engineering from University of Asia Pacific, Bangladesh. Being born in and brought up in Bangladesh, I have seen many buildings being constructed and this played a vital role in my passion to become structural engineer. I am going to study MSc Civil and Structural Engineering (with Advanced Practice) at Teesside University.

I am a self-motivated and hard-working person and this qualification will help me to reach my career goal. Studying at Teesside University is a great opportunity for me as it will broaden my technical knowledge of specialised areas of civil engineering. This degree will also have a substantial impact on my employment prospects. Receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship further motivates me to study hard to achieve the honourable status of becoming a global ambassador for Teesside University.

Zeinab Moustafa

Zeinab Moustafa
Egypt
MA Animation
My name is Zeinab and I’m an Egyptian. I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a motion graphic design diploma. I followed this with two years of experience in the graphic design field. Due to my passion for and obsession with animation, I decided to advance my skills to a higher level by taking a master's degree.

Teesside University was my first choice because of its top ranking, the informative course modules and the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, which I have been thankfully awarded. My goal is to work in Walt Disney, Pixar or one of the biggest animation companies in the world. If I have to delay this goal due to lack of opportunities in my home country, I will develop and widen my knowledge and open an animation faculty in an Egyptian university, where I will teach what I have learned.

Kantaphon Phumphungphut

Kantaphon Phumphungphut
Thailand
MA 3D Games Art
I was born and raised in Thailand, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. I have also been working in the architectural community for two years. However, I am a passionate gamer and have always dreamed of working in the computer games industry. That’s why I plan on studying MA 3D Games Art at Teesside University and becoming a level designer one day.

I love experiencing new things and exploring new cultures because not only is it the ultimate adventure but it also exposes me to new types of people, different ways of living, and opens my mind. By being a student at Teesside University, I am expecting to obtain new knowledge and experiences to help achieve my dreams in the future.

Annise Ming Yee Siaw
Malaysia
BSc Nursing Studies (Adult) (Pre-Registration)
I am from Malaysia, which is a multi-cultural country brimming with different races, ethnicity and cuisines.

I decided to pursue BSc Nursing Studies (Adult) because I want to do something in my career that is challenging, rewarding and can make a difference in people’s daily lives. Ever since volunteering at a retirement home in college and living with a brother with a condition called Cornelia de Lange syndrome, I have had an interest in the medical field.

I am most looking forward to starting my lectures and meeting new people at Teesside University. I can’t wait to get used to the cold weather in Middlesbrough as I am used to living in a country that is hot and humid year-round. Upon finishing my nursing degree, I will become a registered nurse through the Nursing and Midwifery Council and will be able to pursue diverse job opportunities in the nursing profession.

Hema Narayanasamy Ramakrishnan

Hema Narayanasamy Ramakrishnan
India
MSc Bioinformatics (with Advanced Practice)
I am a great admirer of nature and have deep faith in hard work and optimism. I came all the way from India with huge aspirations after graduating in Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

I feel extremely honoured to be a recipient of this prestigious scholarship and this has instilled an enormous amount of confidence and zeal in me to work towards my goal. I want to understand the molecular and biochemical changes happening in the case of fatal tumours and to find the most appropriate method to treat them. I believe that studying at Teesside would help me achieve my ambition of creating a revolution in the field of oncology and preventing many fatal clinical conditions.

Great Katwishi Tayali

Great Katwishi Tayali
Zambia
MSc Bioinformatics (with Advanced Practice)
I am an energetic, innovative, enthusiastic and resultoriented Zambian man with a yearning to become a global business leader. The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is my window of hope to successfully pursue the MSc International Management (Applied) at Teesside University because it offers critical support in meeting my financial requirements for the course.

I passionately aspire to acquire this qualification at Teesside University because it will enhance my global business career prospects and give me the strategic innovativeness, creative thinking and practical problemsolving skills that I need to become a pioneer in the evolution of economic and human development in Zambia.

Binod Charukshi Wijesinghe Unagollage
Sri Lanka
MSc Computing
I’m a passionate and hardworking Sri Lankan who holds two bachelor degrees from Abertay University, UK and SEGi University, Malaysia. I graduated in 2018 as the Student of the Year with the best results among all the degree programmes conducted at the university and as the Chancellor’s Award winner. Soon afterwards, I started to look for a university to pursue my master’s.

Gaining admission and receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for my studies is a great privilege for me and my aim for the next two years is to obtain the MSc Computing qualification. I will be happy to become a computer engineer, step up as a global leader and use my knowledge to help people in my country and the wider world through technology. I’m certain that this qualification, along with the knowledge, skills, experience and global exposure I will acquire from the university, will help me achieve my dreams.

Suraj Verma

Suraj Verma
Nepal
MSc Data Science
I am a young, energetic software engineer from Kathmandu, Nepal. I completed my bachelors degree in computer engineering in 2014 and since then, I have been working on multiple projects as software engineer. I have developed healthcare systems for hospitals, a social networking platform, a tourism platform for Nepal and have worked on many projects to help digitalise different sectors in Nepal. I have also worked for the US health care industry.

While working on such entrepreneurial projects, I realised that a huge amount of data is generated every day, which developed my interest in data science. The MSc Data Science qualification from Teesside University will help me enhance my skills and knowledge in data analysis, visualisation and prediction, which has a wide range of scope in Nepal. I feel honoured to receive the Vice- Chancellor’s Scholarship, which will help boost my skills and confidence.

September 2019 Scholarship recipients

Rita Niamatu Abu

Rita Niamatu Abu
Ghana
DCounPsy Counselling Psychology
I was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, where I completed my basic through to tertiary education. For my first degree, I studied BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Regent University, Ghana. Progressively, I completed MScs in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and in Counselling Children and Young People from the University of Northampton. I have considerable skills in working with children and young people as a counsellor.

I love travelling around the world and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to developing advanced skills in integrative therapeutic practice, research and broadening my knowledge on the dynamics of psychodynamic and psychopathology from Teesside University. My end goal upon completion of my studies is to work as a counselling psychologist in private practice as well as come up with publications in support of mental health awareness globally.

DJ BANU

DJ BANU
China
BA (Hons) Business Finance and Accounting
My Chinese name is Di Jie Balu and I got it as a transliteration from my English name DJ Banu. My dad is from India and my mom is Chinese, and I have lived in four different countries since I was young. Being born an extrovert and growing up in a multicultural family like this, I’ve learnt to embrace and celebrate diversification and challenges, so I’m truly excited about becoming a member of this community in which I will experience cultural collision, exchange and integration.

Aside from gaining satisfying academic results, as a senior student, I’m looking forward to further developing my skills and potential in the accounting and finance field and to becoming an innovator with the invaluable capability to spot opportunities. In this coming school year, I hope to create unforgettable memories, make a personal impact, and contribute greatly to Teesside University!

Cecilia

Cecilia Sarpong Boadu
GHANA
MSc International Management (Applied)
I am a passionate and hardworking Ghanaian national who holds a bachelor degree in French Education. My vision is to acquire a Master’s degree in International Management (Applied) in order to return to Ghana and obtain a managerial role in a high-profile business or education sector in Ghana. I am confident that the new set of knowledge, skills, exposure and experience, and the global qualification I will acquire at Teesside University will serve as a springboard to attain my dream. This will make me very appealing to employers and give me a competitive advantage over my compatriots in Ghana.

As an individual, I will grow and develop high-level professional and interpersonal skills. Teesside is well resourced with industry-professional lecturers, academic facilities and offers a work placement which will shape me to be highly resourceful and impactful to the next generation of young women in Ghana.

Garikai Maremera
ZIMBABWE
MSc Food Science and Biotechnology (with Advanced Practice)
I was born and raised in Mutoko; a remote town in the Mashonaland East province of Zimbabwe. I had my primary education at Mutoko Primary School and proceeded to Mutoko Government High for Secondary Education. I progressed to Mutoko High School for Advanced Level studies before enrolling for a Postharvest Technology degree at Chinhoyi University of Technology. In 2013, I studied a Master of Agriculture degree in South Africa, which was not sufficient to equip me towards my career goals.

Teesside University’s MSc Food Science & Biotechnology has a perfect balance between research and industry. I expect to graduate with the essential academic and professional skills and experience required to stand out as a global leader and a distinguished food scientist. I aim to continue my studies to Ph.D. level in order to gain extensive research experience needed not only in Africa but across the world.

Bakiyavathy Parthasarathy

Bakiyavathy Parthasarathy
INDIA
MSc Data Science
I did my Bachelors of Information Technology in my home country from 2012 to 2016. Further studies were always a priority for me but it was my belief that I should first gather some valuable work experience in order to get a larger perspective of the industry. I joined Accenture and gained a lot of experience where I got to know about the responsibilities of data scientists in industry. In order to acquire additional data analytic skills, I decided to do a Masters of Data Science that would enable me to realise aspirations and interests that exceeded my existing career.

Being a student at Teesside University , I will have an opportunity through my degree programme to explore and broaden the scope of my understanding through course work. After my graduation, I would like to work as a data scientist and I believe that my studies at Teesside will lead towards many other options in more specialised areas like working as a business intelligence reporting professional.

Moreover, I will uphold the reputation of the University and become a strong brand ambassador for the programme.

Yogesh Vasant Saste

Yogesh Vasant Saste
INDIA
MSc International Management (Applied)
I’m from Pune, Maharashtra State (India). I graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in 2014 from PREC Loni. To date I have five years of experience in two different firms. I worked as a development engineer for three years and then spent two years with Amazon UK as a senior risk investor.

Receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for my MSc in International Business Management at Teesside University is a great privilege for me. This scholarship will not only support me economically but also has boosted my confidence to the next level. Teesside University is always encouraging students in a variety of ways. It’s a privilege for me to be considered as an eligible student for this scholarship. I’m looking forward to performing well academically and securing an ideal job.

Shasha Johari

Shasha Johari
BRUNEI
LLB (Hons) Law
I am 18 years old and I am from Negara Brunei Darussalam. There are quite a few things that I am very excited about regarding being at Teesside University, and one of them is to study my desired course which is Law (LLB). I would also like to see how I handle the pressure out of my comfort zone as a student because as said by many previous students who took law as their degree, it is a very challenging course which requires both physical and mental strength. Since my ambition is to become an honorable lawyer, I am very much looking forward to obtaining the required skills and knowledge to achieve my dreams as well as participating in any future events that could help me enhance my engaging and social skills so that I can develop into an overall well-rounded student.

Eduafoa Orleans--Lindsay
GHANA
MSc International Management (Applied)
I am a very outspoken and open-minded lady who grew up in a family of five. As I was growing up I knew I was a people person, and for this reason I love meeting new people from different backgrounds just to learn about their life experiences, cultures, heritage and moral values. I love experiencing new things and exploring new cultures and gaining more knowledge, thus my hobby in travelling.

Gaining admission at Teesside has been an honour for me and I’m looking forward to focusing on building experience through my course, and gaining global exposure. I’ll work hard to contribute to the history of the University, and will enhance my network and communication skills with the aim of becoming a global manager and creating a company of my own, using the skills I’ve learnt to manage, lead and organise people.

Arvind Pravesh Ramessur

Arvind Pravesh Ramessur
MAURITIUS
BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Mental Health) (Pre-registration)
I come from a multicultural island named Mauritius. To my understanding, nursing requires skilled behaviours, clear values and meaningful vision. The education and training that I will be provided at Teesside University will prepare me to practice as a nurse worldwide as well as allowing me to enter a world where care is paramount. The personal satisfaction behind bringing a smile, a helping hand, relief and support to others who are suffering is exceptional. As long as I see the bigger picture and I am working towards a goal, pursuing a meaningful career will be my adventure.

Aaron Kwame Tetteh

Aaron Kwame Tetteh
GHANA
MSc Computer Science
Having had so much passion for computers at a young age, as well as having practised professionally for six years, I saw the need to improve on my skillset, broaden my international network and increase my belief in the world of possibilities.

Teesside University is globally known for its renowned achievements, especially in recent times. It has produced graduates who demonstrate cutting-edge knowledge that makes them highly competitive globally.

I look forward to a career in research where my knowledge will not only be applicable in achieving my research goals but also make tremendous and sustainable contributions in solving security threats and challenges in Ghana such as cyber-attacks imposed by hackers, fraudster activities for example.

Thet Paing Tun

Thet Paing Tun
MYANMAR
MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems (with Advanced Practice)
I am an electrical engineer working in the field of high-voltage power systems and found Teesside University is the most suitable place to broaden my horizons academically because of its high ranking in engineering programmes. Furthermore, I was inspired by the curriculum structure that matches the standards of the real-life engineering world and very much supports my desired career in research & development in power system and energy engineering.

Fu Yiheng

Fu Yiheng
CHINA
BA (Hons) International Business Management
Born and raised in China, I hardly ever left my hometown until aged 19. However, I am really into challenging myself as I never stop exploring new things around me. This is why I decided to receive a western education and experience a completely different life. Teesside University is famous for classic British teaching systems, excellent student support, campus facilities, working opportunities and the beautiful countryside around Middlesbrough. All of those factors never fail to fascinate me. I am also very interested in the various student clubs, and the amazing chances to make friends from different countries, stay open-minded and integrate into the local society better. After graduation, I plan to find an internship in the UK to gain rich life experiences.

January 2019 Scholarship recipients

Brigid Arthur

Brigid Arthur
Ghana
MSc Project Management
"My aim for the next two years is to obtain a master’s degree in Project Management with Advanced Practice. I will be happy to become a project manager, step out as a global leader, and use my research capabilities to help alleviate the housing deficit in my country and the world at large."

Asamoah

Asamoah Baffour
Ghana
MSc Cybersecurity
"I believe technology will go a long way to solve problems we face today and because of this, I pursued Information Technology with Education so I can effectively share knowledge I have gained with others through my teaching career."

Jesmon Francis

Jesmon Francis
India
MA Human Resource Management (Applied)
"I look forward to focusing on the beneficial transfer of knowledge to the work place. The range of modules in MA Human Resource Management has a strong focus on industrial standards. I want to be an HR manager, so I will explore every opportunity to specialise in my field and the CIPD certification with this course is a bonus point."

Salai Sivagnanam

Salai Gunathangam
India
MSc Food Processing Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
"After completing my degree I was looking for a master’s course that would help develop my industrial skills and the experience I would require for my future endeavours. I found Teesside University had the perfect balance between the research and the industrial sides of the food industry, and so I decided to join the MSc Food Processing Engineering course."

Arsalan Khan

Arsalan Khan
Pakistan
MSc Food Science and Biotechnology
"When I arrived here, I was overwhelmed with the crisp cold air, the peaceful serenity and a plethora of activities there were within the University for students like me. However, the best part of it all is that after meeting some of my class fellows, I quickly realized that there is a promising career waiting for me at the end of my degree in the food industry.

Pawan Bhagawan

Pawan Rathate
India
MSc Mechanical Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
"Being a student at Teesside University I feel that I will get practical, fundamental, and advanced knowledge. Teesside University course modules are exactly related to the manufacturing industry and the University provides problem solving skills, research and techniques. My future aim is to increase fuel efficiency of mechanical vehicles and instruments and my master’s course knowledge will help me to achieve this."

Shalin Puthiyottil

Shalin Puthiyottil Shajay
India
MSc Project Management (with Advanced Practice)
"I believe that studying at Teesside University will allow me to gain self-confidence, have international exposure and I will work hard to make sure that I contribute to the great history of Teesside University."

hakim

Hakim Tabas
Ghana
MSc Food Processing Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
"In the next two years at Teesside University, I aim to understand all aspects of the food processing industry in the UK, this will help me start my career in consultancy and advocacy when I return to Ghana."

Siraj Siddiqui

Sirajuddin Siddiqui
Pakistan
MSc Food Processing Engineering
"Being from an underdeveloped country, I believe that studying at Teesside will provide exposure to the advanced level of food processing technology. Hence, this will bolster my chances of further career progression in the areas of food plant engineering, design and management."

Chidebele Ukomadu

Chidebele Ukomadu
Nigeria
MSC Civil and Structural Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
"I am optimistic that a master’s in Civil and Structural Engineering at Teesside University will give me the rare privilege of learning from and working with some of the best faculty in the field."

Muhammad Usman

Muhammad Usman
Pakistan
MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
"I am an experienced petroleum industry professional and I believe enrollment on this course will equip me with up-to-date industrial knowledge which will eventually help me resume my career in the petroleum industry."

September 2018 Scholarship recipients

Ammar

Ammar Khalid
Pakistan
MSc Instrumental and Control Engineering
"I am confident that Teesside University will lead me close to my future goals. After completing the MSc degree, I hope to become a control and instrumentation engineer, working in the petrochemical sector or fields including oil and gas."

 Emmanuel

Emmanuel Selasi Asumadu Agbefe
Ghana
MPH Public Health
"I have completed my education and dedicated my life to serving the less privileged in our society by taking free medical care to them. I really hope to have a greater impact in the near future as my dream is to join the WHO where together we can make our world healthier and more peaceful."

 

 Eslam

Eslam Ahmed Mohamed Adel Mohamed Eldoky
Egypt
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
"I am looking forward to completing my degree in Aerospace Engineering at Teesside University to expand my theoretical and practical understanding of the subject and to prepare me for a career in the aerodynamics field."

Meroline

Meroline Itambi Ambu Epse Asaah
Cameroon
MSc Energy and Environmental Management
"My country, Cameroon, is a third world country with high poverty rates, many killer diseases and a poorly managed environment. Therefore, there is a need for experts in this sector and I strongly believe Teesside University is the best place for me to develop the knowledge needed to address the needs of my country."

 

 Patrick

Patrick Nicholas
Indonesia
BA (Hons) Concept Art
"Having completed a heavily skill-based syllabus in Malaysia, I sought a curriculum that teaches thought process and I found that Teesside University has the correct set of classes for me. I am optimistic about my study at Teesside University and I will work hard to make sure that in the future, I will become a part in the ever-growing industry of entertainment."

 Pearl

Pearl Neo Canny Cunningham  
Botswana
MA Multimedia Public Relations
"I want change in the media world, not only in Africa, but also across the world. Being given the opportunity to study at Teesside University has been a dream, an honour and privilege. I pledge myself to be an excellent global leader and ambassador of Teesside University."

Usaid

Usaid Anis
Pakistan
MSc Petroleum Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
"MSc at Teesside University will increase my practical knowledge in the field of the petroleum industry and I cannot wait to be part of the vibrant community of professionals looking to advance in the field of petroleum engineering.  After completion of my degree, I plan to return to my Pakistan where I intend to deploy knowledge and skills acquired from the MSC programme to develop sustainable energy solutions."