Course studied: MSc Global Food Security and Development
I was attracted to NTU because it provides a unique atmosphere for international students to learn, network and build other life skills and experiences.
More about Sidney
Sidney Muhangi is currently studying for his PhD, as well as being the co-chair of Africa Regional Hub and a Research Associate at the Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Communication (MECCE) project.
Why did you decide to study at NTU?
I was attracted to NTU because it provides a unique atmosphere for international students to learn, network and build other life skills and experiences. The course in particular was relevant to solving current global and national food security and other development challenges.
What did you learn – both inside and outside of lectures?
Outside the class I built lasting relationships which have been instrumental in my career. In class, I met extraordinary students as well as lecturers with whom I have kept in touch. I was exposed to new ways of learning and the experience was fabulous. I definitely miss Brackenhurst!
What does your current role involve?
I am currently focused on completing my PhD as a visiting scholar at University of Nottingham, UK. I also continue to discharge my work as a Research Associate and co-Chair. My work is in climate change which is in line with my MSc studies given the impact of climate change on food systems, particularly for smallholders in the African context. In the future, I envision myself in academia or international development work.
What advice would you give to NTU students?
Towards and after graduation there is always a feeling of uncertainty and frustration, especially if there is no job opportunity awaiting. My advice to all graduates who may be feeling that way is to be patient but give it all. Make good use of your time at campus to build valuable networks, this tends to be helpful.
What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
Doing a PhD is a grilling process, but it is worth it. Loneliness crept in because at PhD level a student is entirely in charge of the project, so this means long hours working on your own. To combat this, I make sure to speak to family and friends regularly as well as making time to hang out with friends. This is very helpful in relieving stress. It is easy to get overwhelmed when studying for a PhD, so I try to break down the project into small and manageable tasks.
If you could back in time, what would you tell yourself?
Have some fun and try to tour other parts of the UK if the budget allows.