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Amina Atta. Amina Atta

MA International Development Management

What do you do for a living now? 

Currently, I am a Program Officer at a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Rural Women Empowerment and Youth Development Foundation (RWEYDF) in Nigeria.  I am responsible for developing proposals to organisations and government for funding on HIV and other issues affecting women and youth in the community. I also participate in monitoring and evaluation of the organisation’s credit exposure to rural youth and women micro-projects.

Do you think your time at the University of Bradford (UoB) helped you to pursue this? If yes, how?

Yes.  My course modules at UoB provided the necessary foundation to build my skills in capacity building, project management, research and data analysis. My MA degree in International Development Management exposed me to issues that women in developing countries encounter such as poor access to credit and markets, generational circle of poverty and lack of social protection.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?

In the year immediately after graduating, I worked as a Research Associate at a consulting firm in Nigeria.

Where do you live now?

I currently live in Abuja, Nigeria.

Where did you live when you were a student?

When I was at the University, I lived at a rented apartment at Cottam Avenue.

Why did you choose the University of Bradford?

I chose to attend the University of Bradford, United Kingdom for several reasons. First, the University has a high rating for my course, International Development Management. Secondly, the cost of studies was relatively less expensive than the other Universities I considered. Lastly and most importantly, I chose the University because it is known to have a highly diverse mix of students from different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds which I found very appealing.

Did you enjoy your time at the University of Bradford?

Yes I did. I made so many friends from different countries.  During my stay, I participated in International fashion show and cooking competition which I won. I co-organised and participated in a Cultural show for my class mates where we learnt to prepare foreign foods. At the end of my Postgraduate program at the University, I can confidently say that I have a friend in almost every country of the world, from the Kingdom of Lesotho to Portugal to Indonesia to Papua New Guinea.

What surprised you most about Bradford?

The diversity and the affordable cost of living.

Who was your favourite lecturer and why?

My tutor and lecturers were very supportive and the Learner Development Unit staffs were very helpful with essay writing support.

What was your most memorable moment as a student?

My graduation day

Are you still friends with anybody you met at UoB?

I am still friends with everyone I met at UoB and we stay in touch through the social media network.

Would you send your children to UoB?

I would send my children to UoB and I recommended UoB to my friend who is currently studying at the School of Management 2012- 2013 session. I hope to return soon as a Research student.

Describe the University of Bradford in 3 words?

Diverse, Fun and Knowledge for Life

What would be your one top tip for someone about to come to university?

Interact with your lecturers and classmates. Attend all the workshops at Learners Development Unit

What would be your one top tip for someone about to graduate from university?

Stay in touch with your classmates and lecturers.