ATBU don gets £5,000 research grant from Newcastle University
By Ahmed Ahmed
A lecturer with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi State, Mr Mustapha Manga, has emerged winner of 5,000 pounds research award to participate in the conception X programme, Newcastle University London.
Manga, a PhD scholar, who lectures in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, ATBU, disclosed this in Bauchi at the weekend.
He said that the award has made Nigerians residing in the U.K proud, stressing that
apart from the 5,000 pounds cash prize, there would be paid travel and accommodation in a five-star hotel in London for the Demo day presentation.
He further disclosed that the 2022 prestigious conception X had been the most competitive with over 150 applications from all the U.K universities.
“The applicants typically go through four rounds of selection based on their innovation, practicality, relevance and impact to solving global issues.
“The conception X panel of juries recommended my ideas and solutions are top notch and deserved a scalable support.
“My impressive and innovative stride was recognised by the Newcastle University, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.
“My intellect, prowess and depth of thinking have earned me an award for rethinking smart cities through synchronization and embeddedness of docking station technologies to enable inclusive learning,’’ he said.
Manga further said that he was leveraging the resources available through hard work, prayer and determination to break the barriers of expectations in the U.K.
“It is unbelievably awesome. I still feel emotional when I think about it, it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me since the beginning of this PhD voyage.
“It’s wonderful to receive not just recognition, but public recognition for something you have done being displayed on the walls and posters of such a beautiful institution like Newcastle University,” he said.
The don stressed that Nigerians are all over the world, across different ivory towers and have been known for making the country proud.
“Academic excellence and recognition are becoming a hallmark of Nigerians far outside the shore of the country’’, he added.