Stephanie Ejegi-Memeh

Research Associate and Postgraduate student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Stephanie Ejegi-Memeh

After qualifying as an Adult Nurse in 2008, I worked and volunteered in HIV prevention abroad.

During that time, I also undertook a Masters in Nursing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health. But once I had completed these courses, I had a desire to continue learning so I sought out PhD opportunities. I returned to the UK in 2014 when I was awarded a PhD scholarship by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

I am now in the final stages of writing up my PhD, which focusses on the sexual health of baby boomer women living with Type 2 Diabetes and communication in health care contexts.

Earlier this year, I began working on a research project which explores the lived experiences of people living with mesothelioma. My doctoral research along with the research that I am undertaking as a research associate has allowed me to continue developing my understanding of the lived experiences of health, illness and communication in health care contexts.

I feel very fortunate that I continue to receive significant support from within my department, which is allowing me to continue developing my skills as an early career researcher and teacher.

My plans for the future include finishing up my PhD and continuing to learning new things. I also really hope that I can be a positive role model for up and coming BAME students.