Our final international postgraduate student biography of the week is Saumu Ibrahim Mwasha, who lives at Keele with her husband Jabir Swai and her five lovely Children.
Where are you from?
I am from Dar as Salaam, Tanzania where I work as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Dar as Salaam in the Geography Department.
What are you studying/researching?
I am doing a PhD in Climate Change, and I am funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Currently I am in my second year.
Why did you decide to study/research at Keele/UK?
I decided to study in the UK, and at Keele in particular, because they have plenty of teaching and learning resources. I also wanted to experience new learning and teaching challenges which will help improve my career as my first two degrees were obtained in Tanzania.
What is your favourite memory of Keele to date?
I have plenty of good memories at Keele. Keele people are very supportive and lovely too. This was my first experience of the UK (although I have been to other countries as well), and I was given a huge welcome by my supervisor who came to pick me up from Manchester airport. He ensured I have everything I need, which made my settling in good and free from stress. Millions of thanks to his dedication to me.
The University has provided very important support to me, otherwise I would have had to terminate my studies for a while or proceed under intense stress. My family had to join me in the UK because my children are young so they need care from both parents. To manage family and studies was my great challenge. I had to request staff houses at Keele and given my circumstances the University gave me the first priority. This has made it easier for me to conduct my studies and support my family.
My family has been of great support to me. Much thanks to my lovely husband who had to sacrifice his nice job just to come and support me with my children and make sure I finish my studies. My children have been very patient for the six months when they were alone in Tanzania before joining me in the UK. Even here, they are still very supportive and patient because I have to go to my office regularly, even weekends., to work on my project
Although I am in a new country it is almost like I am at home because I know when I have a problem, Keele are very attentive and have a lovely heart to provide support.
This last international postgraduate student profile. The KPA Committee would like to express their thanks for all the students who have been involved in this project, for sharing their experiences and celebrating the international community we have here at Keele.