Olabusayo’s baby daughter watches her mum graduate thanks to support from tutors

Date posted

7 July 2023


Olabusayo was in the midst of studying for an MSc in Advanced Materials Engineering and keeping up with the busy rhythm of deadlines, lectures, and lab practicals when she discovered she was expecting a child.Olabusayo Kukoki with her baby daughter

Initially, she was apprehensive about how she would cope with studying alongside the demands of pregnancy and motherhood. Balancing her various university activities with hospital appointments and safety in the lab seemed daunting, and Olabusayo was keen to find reassurance that her needs would be accommodated.

Fortunately, she received an abundance of support from her tutors in the School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment. Olabusayo praises her Module Leader, Neil Shearer, explaining that Neil assured her that she would be offered any help she needed to juggle her pregnancy and progressing her studies.

She was also supported as she began writing her dissertation in January, and she felt that she always had someone to turn to for guidance.New Edinburgh Napier graduate Olabusayo Kukoki

Olabusayo says: “I got all the help I needed. It was so smooth and easy – I wasn’t left to do things alone. It was just a great experience for me”.

As Olabusayo’s dissertation presentation quickly approached, so did the arrival of her baby; her scheduled presentation date even clashed with her due date, but her project supervisor Mark Dorris helped her to have the presentation date brought forward.

Now, Olabusayo’s hard work has paid off as she triumphantly graduated with daughter Keonna in her arms.

She concludes: “My graduation journey has been such a blessing, and I’m grateful for all the help I got from my lecturers during term time”.