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Expectant mum Martha delivers degree success… just in time

Published on 16 November 2022

It is a month filled with important milestones for one University of Dundee graduate who has crossed the Caird Hall stage only one week before her baby is due to be born

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Martha Umeh Ude-Eze is among around 2500 students to receive their degree from the University of Dundee this week.

Martha (31), who graduated in Social Work MSc, is nine months pregnant with her third child. She and her husband Prince Nelson are expecting a baby boy, who will join their other two children, nine-year-old Isaac and seven-year-old Vanessa.

Although her Graduation day and her expected due date are quite close, Martha said there was no chance she would miss the occasion, even if her baby was born in the days before.

“I’m so excited for our new arrival, but I wouldn’t miss Graduation for anything,” she said.

“I had always planned to attend my graduation, even if I had the baby beforehand. I’m lucky to have a lot of supportive people behind me who would step in and offer help to allow me to cross the Caird Hall stage.

“It’s amazing to have that kind of support. My children are very understanding and proud of me, and my husband is incredibly encouraging and supportive in every area. I have to give him credit for some of my success.”

Martha and her husband, Prince Nelson

Martha, who is from Nigeria, has secured a job in Essex as an Adult Social Worker and is due to start her post early next year, not leaving much time for rest after giving birth. She said she is leaving Dundee excited for the future and proud of what she has left behind.

“I have been resting since June, so I am ready and excited to start my new job next year,” said Martha. “For me, the end of something is the beginning of something else. I always thrive to learn more and top my achievements.

“Throughout my time at Dundee I have had two successful election runs. I was elected as a member of the Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) Executive as Vice-President of Academia, and in the last year I have held the post of President of my School.

“I have spent a lot of time engaging with the black community and the international community, promoting DUSA and the elections, and showing how we can give back, make our voices be heard and influence change.

“I can lift my head high and say my time here was worth it and be proud of what I have achieved. I’m looking forward to what the future brings.”


Jessica Rorke

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