Inspired by a module in her LLM, Amaka Oriji decided to stay at Aston University to focus her PhD research. She hopes her research will someday alleviate poverty and hunger in Africa and Developing countries.

During her LLM at Aston Law, Amaka discovered how a simple commercial document and warehouse receipts could help the development of a country’s economy. This sparked her passion for research on how these receipts can facilitate access to finance for agribusinesses in Nigeria.


Tried, tested and confirmed

Having studied her LLM at Aston University, Amaka knew exactly what to expect when it came to her PhD studies as she has tried, test and confirmed their exceptional standard of education. She felt comfortable at Aston knowing there was support from staff, numerous opportunities for international students, and the university is in the heart of the multicultural city of Birmingham.  

“Aston University is special because it offers a welcoming environment. Its staff are friendly and supportive. It also has excellent facilities that makes studying easy and enjoyable. Another special feature is its diversity and the equal opportunities given to its students. It enables students to meet with blue chip companies in the UK and beyond. This gives students an edge when applying for jobs as it gives them an insight into what they require from potential employees or in business associations.

Acquire a diverse set of skills

Amaka enjoys that being a PhD student at Aston University has allowed her to research a topic she is passionate about and develop a diverse set of skills from project management to communication. 

She enjoys the freedom she has for her research and the opportunities her studies have opened her up to, like, accessing materials from a variety of intergovernmental sources and networking with specialists in the field whose work she has studied for her own research.

What does the future hold for Amaka?

Amaka hopes to share the knowledge she gains from her PhD with colleagues and students by becoming a lecturer. But her ambition does not just stop there, as she wants to use her expertise to help raise the profile of warehouse receipts, a relatively new area of commercial law. She aspires to become a thought-leader through publishing research for governments, working with international agencies to provide international standards and organising and speaking at conferences about this topic.