PhD student Aishatu Mohammed Lawan discusses how the support and encouragement of her supervisors has been instrumental in shaping her research journey.
Becoming a researcher
My research focuses on Digital Transformation, particularly the socio-technical implications of the 'algorithmic divide' in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). My journey began with a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, Nigeria, in 2012. Following that, I pursued a master's degree in ICTs for Development from the University of Manchester in 2017. I am currently a Lecturer at Gombe State University, Nigeria. My passion for teaching and research led me to pursue a PhD to delve deeper into the digital era's transformative effects on businesses and society.
Choosing to continue my studies at the University of Salford was a natural decision due to the welcoming environment and the presence of a vibrant Nigerian community. This sense of belonging made the University feel like a second home. Moreover, my supervisors, Dr. Mohammed Ali and Dr. Maria Kutar, have been incredibly supportive and encouraging, which made the decision even more appealing. Their unwavering support and encouragement have been instrumental in shaping my research journey.
Studying for a research degree at Salford has been a fulfilling experience. The research community fosters collaboration and diverse perspectives, enhancing the quality of discussions and ideas. The University's facilities provide ample resources for in-depth research. What I've enjoyed most is the opportunity to engage with fellow researchers, exchange insights, and learn from each other's experiences.
To those considering continuing their research studies at Salford, I wholeheartedly recommend it. The university offers a nurturing environment, a supportive research community, and exceptional facilities that foster intellectual growth and cultural connections.
My research has already begun to contribute positively to my professional life. It equips me with in-depth knowledge and insights that I can apply in both academia and the real world. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, my research positions me to contribute to discussions and strategies that bridge the 'algorithmic divide.' This progress is also intertwined with my personal growth, as I expand my horizons and create meaningful connections within the academic and professional spheres.