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Enyinnaya met the team from University of Reading at a UKEAS exhibition in Abuja in 2018. By then he was already considering studying in the UK. Speaking to the team and based on personal research, he was convinced that Reading was the place for him.

“It had the exact course I wanted, with a fantastic array of modules in the areas of commercial law I wanted to specialise in.”

Feeling supported

Enyinnaya made a lot of amazing memories at Reading across his academic and social life.

“Modules like Competition Law, Legal Aspects of Financial Regulation and International Commercial Arbitration were very insightful and the lecturers were amazing in the delivery of the modules. They also provided the necessary support, guidance and pastoral care.”

 On the social side, the visit to the UK Supreme Court stood out for him. He was awestruck to be at the location where distinguished jurists like Lord Denning had sat.

 “I learnt about Lord Denning in the Law of Contract module while studying law in Nigeria. His pronouncement on promissory estoppel in cases like Combe v Combe was captivating. The visit gave me the opportunity to know more about the English legal system and in particular how courts function in the UK.”

Stand out from the crowd

While at Reading, Enyinnaya delivered a conference paper at the Commercial Law Research Network Nigeria (CLRNN) inaugural conference hosted at the University.

 “All the presenters and participants were PhD students, lecturers and experts in their respective fields and I was the only LLM student. The experience was amazing and helped improve my research and public presentation skills.”

In the course of writing his assessments, Enyinnaya developed considerable proficiency in research and academic writing to the extent that he later published some of these essays in reputable international journals. One of the publications was nominated for the 2020 Antitrust Writing Awards organised by Concurrences and George Washington School of Law.

These publications and research experiences gave Enyinnaya an edge in his PhD scholarship application.

“Working on my LLM dissertation, it became clear to me that my topic needed to be explored further. With the support of my supervisor, I developed a research proposal and applied for a PhD. I am now a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar in Competition Law and Emerging Economies at the University of East Anglia.”