The Scholarship and Access team is a sub-committee of the Oxford University Africa Society, focused on increasing access to African students to Oxford University.
Frank Tianyi is a candidate for an MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. He is on a Chevening Scholarship.
He is a motivated and passionate medical doctor from Cameroon and has spent the last five years providing primary health care services in rural parts of Cameroon. In his previous role as Chief Medical Officer he was responsible for addressing the health needs of 30,000 people and improving access to quality health care and preventive interventions. He is a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow and served as Vice-Secretary General for the Cameroon Mandela Washington Fellow Alumni Association.
He is passionate about diseases of poverty and the role they have in preventing sustainable development. Getting more Africans to access the quality education and the myriad of opportunities at the University of Oxford, could be the key to unlocking the immense potential and moving forward together as a continent.
As co-head of the Scholarship and Access Committee, he wishes to break the “myth” around the inaccessibility of African students to the University of Oxford and considerably improve admission and acceptance rates. Creating links with key actors in Africa and in the diaspora, increasing application fee waivers for disadvantaged applicants from Africa and increasing access to scholarships are key priorities during his tenure.
Temitope Oluwaseyi Ishola (preferred name Oluwaseyi) is an MSc student in African Studies at Oxford University and a member of St Antony’s College. Oluwaseyi recently graduated with a first-class honors in (BE) Economics and African Studies (minor in Statistics) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University in Canada. During her time at Carleton University, she served as the co-chair of the undergraduate research conference for the African society, worked as a teaching assistant in the Statistics department and a research assistant and analyst for a professor at York University and NGO respectively. Oluwaseyi is passionate about policies and project ideas that deal with environmental issues and focus on how these issues impact women in agriculture.
As the co-head of scholarships and access committee, she hopes to serve as a mentor and work closely with the team to provide African students with access to more scholarships/funding.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, teaching yoga, and traveling.