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Dolapo Coker (MSc Food Sciences & Nutrition 1975)


I am the first female graduate in Microbiology from the University of Ife, Nigeria. I came out in 1972 with a 2nd class Upper. I worked as a Research officer at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, in Nigeria. After my Master's program in Reading, I got an employment at the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Nigeria, as Head of the Food Section. I retired as a Director having attained 35years of working for the Federal Government of Nigeria,

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

I learned that it was the best institution for Food science and Nutrition. I wanted to broaden my horizon from Microbiology.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Living and studying in Reading gave me a broader perspective of the world. I met and made friends with people from various parts of the world, and realized that human beings were basically the same. Bridges Hall was warm and friendly. My Tutor, Prof Ayleward, was like a father, going over what I did not understand.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Refer to your lecturers when you do not understand a subject. Keep a friendly disposition with all around you, as they might turn out to be beneficial. Be studious.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am retired, but I write articles in magazines and give talks on Nutrition when invited.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Make the best of your education. If you cannot get the kind of job you want readily, set up a cottage industry.

Why did you decide to give to the University of Reading?

The student world is highly populated now, they need assistance.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

Reading means Quality Education to me. My favorite memory was the class graduating party.

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