Betty Siham

Meet Betty Siham. Betty is from war-torn South Sudan and is here on a scholarship at Oxford Brookes thanks, in part, to the generosity of our alumni and friends.

Betty is fulfilling her ambitions by doing her master’s in Development and Emergency Practice through CENDEP – our internationally respected Centre for Development and Emergency Practice.

Betty’s commitment and determination are clear. She has three young daughters who are living in the safety of neighbouring Uganda with their grandmother, so that Betty can get this degree. Her husband is working in South Sudan to support the family.

Will you support more students like Betty?

CENDEP has trained nearly 1,000 passionate and dedicated graduates, who are working with local communities affected by natural disaster and armed conflict around the world to provide sustainable, humanitarian and development support.

Betty knows that with this degree she can provide a greater and more stable future not only for her and her family, but equally for the people of South Sudan.

Betty's story

A scholarship gave Betty Siham the opportunity to study at CENDEP and her course is giving her the confidence to help rebuild her home country, South Sudan.



Support more students like Betty »

Humanitarian and development work are as urgent as ever. You can support CENDEP students like Betty to start a life-long career that will bring long-term, exponential benefits to communities facing hardship worldwide.

Your gift will make a meaningful difference in several important ways:

  • scholarships – to support current students who face financial hardship. We also provide scholarships to fund distance-learning students working in demanding humanitarian contexts in the field
  • field visits – to provide current students with an invaluable opportunity to put the knowledge and understanding learned in the classroom into direct practice in the field – a transformative experience
  • research – CENDEP’s teaching is research-based, so continuing world-class research is vital to continuing to provide the most relevant teaching to prepare our students for the realities and challenges they’ll face in the field.

By giving to CENDEP, you are supporting futures like Betty’s.

Supporting CENDEP students like Betty means supporting far more than one individual – you will be empowering communities that require assistance in building resilience, autonomy and security.

Thank you!