Growing up in Nigeria, I always wanted to have a University education.

I would sometimes go to school, walking several miles with no food, but didn’t achieve any GCSEs.

After moving to the UK, I enrolled at a Business School before eventually gaining admission to the University of Essex Online Business and Management Top-up degree.

I graduated in 2014 and achieving a degree is a dream come true; I am the first person in my family to hold a degree! The course has also inspired me to become an entrepreneur and I have started developing my own products. The learnings from the course will come in very useful for building my own business.

Naomi Mc Laughlan

After considering whether I should share part of my personal story openly, I have come to the conclusion that my struggles over the past years may motivate somebody.

Andy Robertson

Being a naval chap, I thought that I was a broad, adaptable, comfortable manager.

Tawa Bishi

My life has changed for the better since studying for my business and management degree with the University of Essex Online.