“There are so many opportunities to get involved and try out areas of psychology that fit, from coaching, to clinical, to neuroscience, and research.”
Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?
I decided to start studying again as a change in career. As a mature student, being in an environment that was going to offer me a supportive learning environment, and some of the best academics in their field, was an easy choice to make. The interaction with the entire academic body and support staff has been a fantastic experience. From the very first interaction that I had with the administrators and programme director during my undergraduate application, all the way through my degree, through my Master's and right into my PhD, which I start in September 2014.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
The breadth of information covered in Psychology is vast. At City their seems to be someone specialising in almost every field. This means there is always someone who is willing to talk you through options, especially during UG years when everything is an option. There are so many opportunities to get involved and try out areas of psychology that fit, from coaching, to clinical, to neuroscience, and research.
What has been your favourite module and why?
It's no secret I really enjoyed the research-based modules. I had fantastic stats lecturers, who made it seem so easy to do. Learning how to design experiments, write experimental programmes and analyse the stats is a very challenging and rewarding task - you put in the effort and really get it back.
What has been a highlight of your course so far?
I think my highlight has got to be receiving a 4-year studentship from the Medical Research Council, to do my MSc and PhD with the Autism Research Group. I'm working on an amazing project looking at the effects of ageing on cognitive functioning in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a really important area in the field of autism research, and I've been very privileged to work with or at least meet some of the most prestigious researchers in the field.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I will stay in autism research and further my career. The next 3 years will be sure to present some new and exciting opportunities.
I think the Institution keeps going from strength to strength. It's a fantastic place to learn, work and socialise. City ,University of London is an institution I'm very proud to be associated with.