I’d previously studied a masters in the UK, and when I was searching online for the best place to study a PhD, I knew that Plymouth was where I needed to be. The people, the structure and the expertise here were outstanding.
“My PhD focuses on businesses, but I really want people to know what they can do as individuals to take on climate change.
"We hear about climate change all the time and it can feel like it’s too much for one person to effect, but if we all do something small, collectively the something can become ‘big’. So I came up with the idea of a carbon reduction symposium and called it ‘What can I do about climate change?’.”
He said: “Only with education can you change people, and by changing people, you can change the world.”
“Coming alone from Nigeria, I knew I had to make friends, and Plymouth, as a University and city, was very welcoming. But I knew there were other people who had come to the city that might not have had the confidence to find a support system, so I started volunteering.”
When you’re an undergraduate, you tend to be taught alongside many other people so have the opportunity to make friends. PhD study is very independent, so you don’t get those natural meet-ups in the same way.
“It’s all about doing things to help people feel a little less lonely in what they’re doing. By feeling a sense of belonging, we can start to feel empowered. And, with steps in the right direction, empowered people can change the world.”
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