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The University of Southampton

Graduation 2010

Published: 30 July 2010

Psychology graduates and postgraduates at the University of Southampton celebrated their graduation at their awards event.

Several students won special prizes, and all felt they had really enjoyed their time at the University, even if it meant a lot of hard work.

Graduate Kenny Brackstone said of his experience as a student, “I really enjoyed the whole thing, but my third year project on emotions and self-awareness was especially fascinating.” Kenny, who has a hearing disability, says he didn’t find it any problem during his course. He also gained a BPS Wessex and Branch Award for the highest grade in his undergraduate final year project, and he now wants to specialise in Nostalgia, going on to a Masters and a PhD at Southampton in the new academic year.

Rebecca Wilson and Cara Davies who went to Amsterdam on an Erasmus project for part of their Psychology course. Cara says she really enjoyed continuing to study cognition and sociology in Holland, and Rebecca, who also went to Amsterdam, says she loved cycling everywhere and made the most of the social life. She now has a job in London.

Stephanie Gadd, who obtained a First for her BSc Psychology, already has an internship in a marketing company in London. Her mother, who came to see her daughter graduate, was full of praise for the help Stephanie received during her course, particularly from her tutor, Sarah Stevenage.

Another graduate, Vera Hughes, has now returned to work on a contract as a researcher on a project in Pschology at Southampton. Vera, who won prizes for the top overall year 3 performance and for being the best-performing student in year 2 and 3, is enjoying the chance to return to come back as a member of staff. Vera is pictured above receiving her degree certificate.

Jessica Weir, was awarded the Blossom Galinski prize for Best Literature Review. Jessica is pictured, second from the left, on the undergraduate section home page.

Postgraduate Katherine Cornes, who obtained a PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2008 and had come to receive her degree, had been in the USA doing trials for two years before coming back to the UK to start a job. She is now working at DSTL defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Fareham.

Kate Willoughby, who completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology last Spring, is now working for the Community Adult Mental Health service in Southampton.

Head of PsychologyNick Donnelly said, “It was a great way to celebrate our successes – I’m really proud of all our students.”

with her parents and Dr Nick Maguire
Kate Willoughby

This was a great way to celebrate our successes – I’m really proud of all our students

Professor Nick Donnelly - Head of Psychology, speaking at 2010 graduation award event
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