Location: Birmingham, UK
Institute: University College London
Course of study: PhD Research
Male victims of domestic abuse in migrant communities
Having achieved straight A grades in her secondary and further education, in 2011, Suriyah gained a place to study for a BA Human Sciences at Magdalen College, Oxford University. During her undergraduate studies, Suriyah was awarded an exclusive scholarship to study at Stanford University in California and graduated with a 2:1 in 2014.
Suriyah has proven through her ability to overcome various sociocultural barriers and discrimination that she is a committed learner who has the ability and zeal to learn and give back to the community. Continuing into postgraduate studies, Suriyah went on to study at SOAS for an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies and graduated in the summer of 2015.
With the support of the Gift of Knowledge scholarship, Suriyah is now a PhD candidate at University College London under the supervision of the expert anthropologists, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Dr Claire Dwyer. Her research will look into the subject of family dynamics of migrant families and how migrant husbands are treated in some families. Through her studies, she hopes to be able to continue to make a positive social impact at grassroots level, including the establishment of a helpline for male victims of domestic abuse from South Asian and/or Muslim communities.
Suriyah is currently in the first year of her PhD studies and hopes to graduate in September 2018.