A Nigerian student who overcame language barriers has graduated with a 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Health from Edge Hill University.

Grace Bajo, who moved to the UK with her family seven years ago, threw herself into university life to improve her English and started an Edge Hill Nutrition Society.

With a passion for how science can make food more nutritious, Grace will now go on to study a Masters in Food Bioscience at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Grace, from Sudbury, said:

“Coming from Nigeria I could speak English, but I found it hard to write academic essays. My tutors encouraged me to get involved in University life and gain experience. I also wanted to improve my confidence level as well as do something for the University and my fellow students. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and became a course representative and helped establish the Nutrition Society.

“By going to meetings, talking to lots of people and organising society events I increased my understanding of nutrition and this also had a positive effect on my academic writing.”

Thanks to Grace’s involvement with the Nutrition Society, the group won the 2019 award for the best new society. Grace added:

“I’ve always had a passion for nutrition. I’m conscious about what I eat and the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. I’m particularly interested in food safety and how science can be used to make food more nutritious, so aside from people eating healthily and being active, the food we eat can be improved so it’s also better for us.

“For instance, how polyphenols (micronutrients) in dark chocolate could fight free radicals which are harmful to the human body.”

Grace’s lecturer, Hazel Flight, Programme Lead on the BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health degree, said:

“Grace has been an outstanding student who has made a huge impact on the course. As English is not her first language she struggled at times in her writing ability, but she persevered and as the student representative never missed a meeting. She has been a strong student voice over the three years and is an excellent ambassador for the course.

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