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5 minutes with Modupe Oshadiya

Modupe Oshadiya is in the 2nd year of a Doctorate in Education (EdD) and her research is focused on empowering BAME students in academia. She’s also a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing Education and Deputy Head of the Department of Mental Health. We took 5 minutes with Modupe to learn more about her experience doing an EdD and her life outside of academia…

Briefly, tell us about your background and career up to this point?

When I was 18 , I started a degree in Education and practised briefly as a secondary school teacher before relocating to the UK. I worked in a mental health support role and continued my nursing education at South Bank University (now LSBU). Towards the end of my training, I had a specialist placement in addictions. I felt so fulfilled from the opportunity to work autonomously with patients and to be able to provide biopsychosocial interventions.

I worked in addiction-related care until my return to teaching in 2016. My healthcare leadership experience has proven to be transferable, and I employ these skills daily in my current leadership roles.

What has your experience of doing a Doctorate in Education been like so far?

In 2021, my doctorate journey started after years of needing to decide whether to do a PhD or an EdD. I had worried that an EdD would be restrictive, especially if I were to return to clinical nursing. I enjoy the collegial nature of a professional doctorate and constantly learn from ’walking in’ the students’ shoes.

How do you think your research has changed your teaching practice?

I now place more value on the student’s gaze. Whilst many theories are relevant, every situation is unique. Students need to be agents of the change they desire. We need them at the table - and not in a tokenistic way.

What do you do with your time outside of work?

As a woman with strong Nigerian heritage, I am engaged with my community and enjoy sharing my skills. Now with a mature and less needy family, I can travel more and enjoy solitude without feeling guilty. I also love cooking and trying out new recipes, especially one-pot meals.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Life is not always about you, but about what you make of it. Be intentional about your choices but be prepared to forgive yourself for wrong choices.

Who inspires you most and why?

I am inspired by older women, especially those ready to share the wealth of their experience and knowledge with younger folk, creating thoroughfares in the wilderness. Amazingly, they do this without an agenda, ever so quietly and they are probably unaware of their impact or legacy!

Quick-fire...

Favourite quote: ‘Chew the hay and spit out the sticks like a wise goat.’

What’s your hidden talent? I can do basic freehand outfit cutting and sewing.

Where is your happy place? My home, my bedroom, my boudoir!

One thing you could not go a day without: I love my perfumes.

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Modupe  Oshadiya

Modupe Oshadiya

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing Education

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