Student profile
Oluwatoyi Adeniji

Oluwatoyin Adeniji

"The School of Health Sciences helps students to become independent researchers and provides unique opportunities to contribute to healthcare systems and policy both locally and globally."

Entry year

2021

A passion for research

I’ve always loved research. While practising as a physiotherapist in Nigeria, I observed a gap in providing healthcare for people with long term conditions and the vulnerable population, especially musculoskeletal conditions. Based on this I conducted a few studies, but at a point, I figured out I needed to do extensive research in this area. I decided I’d have to get a PhD to learn how to do research relating to complex interventions in healthcare services, especially for musculoskeletal patients.

A supportive campus

The School of Health Sciences helps students to become independent researchers and provides unique opportunities to contribute to healthcare systems and policy both locally and globally.   

The library services have been a great resource for my research. Also, the IT services have been invaluable, especially in this era of Covid where remote working is the order of the day. The security services are also great, they’re always on their toes and I’m impressed with their level of responsiveness.

My supervisors at Surrey are wonderful. Due to their expertise in research around improving healthcare services for a diverse range of people, they’ve been able to provide intellectual guidance as well as pastoral support. They also helped me settle in with my studies and establish relationships with the NHS where my research will be conducted.

"Surrey provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with people from around the world"

 

Global collaborations

Surrey provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with people from around the world. My PhD is in collaboration with the University of Wollongong, Australia which helps me to network internationally and also provides opportunities for cross-contextual learning.

 

Guildford feels like home

When I commenced my study at Surrey, the University provided me with accommodation, which enhanced the smooth transition from my country to the UK. The university accommodation is beautiful with all the necessary facilities. The accommodation services, warden and security respond to queries and requests promptly.

Guildford feels like home. It’s serene, safe to live in, beautiful, and with good transportation links. Moreover, it's located near Heathrow and Gatwick airport, making international travel easy!

Looking forward

I hope to work as a researcher in an international health research organisation after my PhD. This will allow me to utilise my research skills, do what I enjoy doing, and influence healthcare services' guidelines and policies for long term conditions and vulnerable patients.  

Find out more about postgraduate research at Surrey, and our Health Sciences PhD