Read George's story of being a Chevening Scholar at Swansea University

What made you decide to study at Swansea University?

I mainly chose Swansea University because it had a very unique program that is not anywhere else in the UK (MA Development and Human Rights). I also realised that Swansea is top-ranked for research excellence besides being in a small cultural city that is ambient for studies.

What did you like about your course? 

The master’s in development and human rights curriculum for sure was remarkably well designed in a manner that it cuts across human rights and international development, equipping me with cutting edge skills to apply in the field.

The modules were taught in a manner that was very practical other than general abstract knowledge – for example in one of the modules, we were partly assessed by hypothetically providing a consultant-type evaluation of a certain humanitarian organisation and producing a report as to whether their approach was consistent with human rights approach or not.

I really loved the independent reading setup that ran throughout the year enabling the students to do research on their own – that could be much – but truly beneficial.


What are your three favourite things about Swansea? 

Swansea has state of art university facilities which makes it attractive and enjoyable to study at besides the very friendly lecturers. I also love the fact that there are a lot of beautiful places to visit along the coastline.


Were you a member of any student societies? Did you take advantage of any other opportunities?

I participated in the student-organised cycling events around Swansea which were led by the Swansea University Ride Leaders - it was an easy way to get to enjoy my hobby with others and get to know places. I was also a member of the history society and the Christian union.

What do you have planned in the next 12 months?

After returning home, I will in the first instance be looking for what opportunities I can find for work – at the same time, I will be trying to develop a company portfolio as I want to be a consultant in the future. The time will, therefore, be spent working, broadening the networks, looking for partners for a future establishment.

What advice would you give to anyone considering studying at Swansea?

Swansea is, without a doubt, a great university. Ambitiously growing and with a very supportive community of both teaching and non-teaching staff. The wealth of materials in the library and electronic sources, serene location and the facilities add up to make studying at Swansea unforgettable.

A photo of George Ndung'u