Nigerian Student to Advise UK Ministers

A Nigerian PhD student is bound for the halls of Westminster after securing a post to advise the UK government on food science matters.
Daniel Amund, who studies at the London Metropolitan University, was hand-picked by the Institute of Food Science and Technology UK in conjunction with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology for a research fellowship. The fellowship is offered to just one PhD student, nationally, each year.
Daniel said he is thrilled to have won the fellowship after five years study at London Met and expects it to reveal more career paths in the food science industry. “This definitely feels great. The most exciting thing is that it allows me to see what else is out there and to test where this can take my career within the field of science,” he said.
At the beginning of his placement the 29-year-old will be given a research topic and be asked to write a briefing paper for ministers and public policy makers by October.
Daniel graduated with a 1st class degree in microbiology from the University of Lagos and was the first winner of the Murtala Muhammed/LondonMet Scholarship which gave him full tuition scholarship to London Met to do a Masters in food science in 2007, and is now embarking on his PhD on probiotic bacteria.
Richard Marshall, a Principal Lecturer at London Met’s School of Human Sciences said Daniel’s appointment validated years of hard work as he is a very dedicated young man.