Posted: 25 July 2014
Graduation is the highlight of the academic calendar. It is a key milestone for final year students and a chance for their families and the academics who have taught them to say “well done”. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the additional accomplishments of students who, for example, demonstrated excellence through research in their dissertations. At this year's Psychology graduation ceremony, awards were given to Philippa Gibbs, Elizabeth Payne and Charlotte Vang.
Head of Department, Dr Diane Bray, said: “The completion of a degree is a great accomplishment. Congratulations, class of 2014, you did it!
“Graduation Day is the highlight of the academic year – the department is so proud of our graduating students who have accomplished much to receive their awards today. On behalf of the department and your tutors, I wish you every success for your future – wherever your journey takes you. Please remember to keep in touch.”
Philippa won the Martin Glachan Memorial Prize for best developmental psychology essay. Her work on the Home Literacy Environment integrated multiple and challenging sources of information extremely well, maintained a focus on critical evaluation throughout and made excellent use of the key mediation/moderation concepts that were taught in the course. In addition, the research evidence was not only assessed in terms of academic qualities, but also against its wider societal purpose in a very skillful way.
Liz received the Martin Glachan Memorial Prize for best undergraduate project. Her project concerned the influence of the home literacy environment on pre-reading skills in nursery age children. She conceived, designed and managed this time-consuming project exceptionally well.
Charlotte was the winner of the British Psychological Society Prize for most inspirational final year project, as voted by second year students. The personality trait neuroticism is a well-recognised risk factor for depression. However, it is unclear how neuroticism can ultimately lead to depression. Her exciting project compared responses to positive and negative words in non-depressed individuals with high and low levels of neuroticism. Her results showed highly neurotic people were quicker to respond to negative words, such as 'ugly', and slower to respond positive words like 'confident'.
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