Student stories (PhD)
I chose to apply to the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield for two main reasons. First, the broad range of research topics and postgraduate scholarship schemes. Prior to embarking on my PhD, I had completed an MSc in Nursing Science, a PG Cert in Public Health and had worked and volunteered in sexual health clinics. I knew I wanted undertake research in the area of sexual health and well-being but was not sure how to take research proposals forward or where to receive funding. So I jumped at the chance to apply for a PhD scholarship in sexual health and older adults as it combined my passions for sexual heath, nursing and research. Knowing that I would be working alongside academics with a long history of international publications in my area, was very important to me. As well as being fortunate enough to work with established academics, the support that the School provides is also second to none. Support which has given me confidence to pursue my goals be they collecting data, presenting my work to other academics or applying for jobs in preparation for the end of my PhD.
The second reason that I applied to the University of Sheffield was that I wanted to live in one of the greenest cities in the UK. Sheffield has an abundance of parks and the Peak District right on its doorstep. Even if you are not a nature lover, there are loads of other things to do. Cafes, pubs, restaurants, libraries, cinemas and theatres. This list is endless!
Through a combination of these things, my time in Sheffield is proving to be both fulfilling and worthwhile.
The PhD experience not only shaped my personality but also allowed me to discover my potential and reformulate both my short and long term goals. Thank you all for your direct & indirect contributions to my personal achievements of 2013.
I really can't thank you enough for all the inspiration and motivation you have given me. Your endless encouragement and ideas outside the box have brought me the educational experience that I was always looking for.
Dr Mansour Al-Yami of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health was awarded his PhD from the School of Nursing & Midwifery in 2013.