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Durham University

Global Durham

Barbara Mutedzi

I came to Durham because I was awarded the Ruth First Scholarship. I was so pleased to have such a fantastic opportunity to study at one of the best Anthropology departments in the UK. 

Before I came to the UK I’d never been in an education system where I was on campus because I did my undergraduate degree online. I was a little bit nervous, but when I arrived everyone was very welcoming which was wonderful.

In the future I’d like to work with children and adolescents within health, in Africa or another low-resourced area. I wanted to have an international education so that I could look at things in a different way and come back and feed that back into African health systems, hopefully at some point I’ll get to talk to the World Health Organisation the United Nations or other big organisations that make health policies. As part of my Masters I went back to Zimbabwe to try and understand the day to day challenges that children and adolescents face in accessing HIV healthcare. At the moment, adults decide healthcare policies and children have no voice, so that’s where my interest lies.

Education isn’t an isolated event, being in Durham has helped me broaden my mind and do research outside of my little cocoon. The things I needed to make my student life work here were easily accessible which helped very much. I loved to take walks around Durham, it’s just so nice along the river. Having such a lovely environment really helped when I was stressed with my studies.

I’d definitely recommend Durham to other international students - I’ve been able to look at the bigger picture through working with people from all around the world and hearing different perspectives and I’ve had a great experience.