Students encouraged to “dream and do” and have “self-belief”

Students were inspired by Roehampton alumni Steve Lukito to “dream and do” when he spoke at the fourth annual undergraduate Psychology Student Conference on Thursday [25 April 2013].

Posted: 2 May 2013

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Steve Lukito, who graduated in Psychology in 2007, encouraged current students to pursue their dreams through hard work and determination. He also gave an account of how university had prepared him for an array of dynamic opportunities at a number of world class institutions including the Max Planck Institute in Germany and The Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.

The Undergraduate Psychology Student Conference is an opportunity for final year students to showcase and celebrate their experiences of doing research through oral and poster presentations. Students gave outstanding presentations on diverse topics such as mental health, identity, autism, parenting, neuroscience and social media.

Two keynote speakers presented at the conference. The first address was given by Dr Aric Sigman who is well known for his work in child development and social media and also advises the Government on the harmful effects of screen time for young people. Aric used a range of experiences and examples from his work across developing countries to demonstrate his passion for his work and to motivate students to chase their dreams.

Speaking about the event, Dr Sigman said: "I was genuinely touched by the happy, warm atmosphere of the conference and the comfortable relationship between the students and staff. It was heartening to see students and staff exhibit an uncanny open-mindedness. This is the spirit of proper academia.”

The second speaker was the Professor Mike Eysenck, from Roehampton's Department of Psychology who is one of the best known and most influential figures in British psychology. He praised the students for all their hard work and achievements and said that he had been “genuinely impressed by the quality and range and of student work” produced by the undergraduates. Professor Eysenck spoke about his career in academia and research and encouraged the students to have “self-belief” and faith in their good ideas.

Second year students Kathinka Ekeberg, Mia Simonsen, Julia Normann, Lisa Maria Moholdt and Jeppe Fensholt were presented with the British Psychological Society award for the best Ethics Dos and Don’ts Guide video, produced as part of their coursework on the module Preparing for Independent Research.  Their video provided a humorous take on the precautions that need to be observed when conducting research ethically and professionally.

Other activities at the conference included a careers and employability fair. Students were able to speak to representatives from: Victim Support, SANE, The Metropolitan Police, Rethink Mental Illness, Arts for Dementia, The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. They could also gain information and advice from the Employability and Entrepreneurship team representing by Bright Futures, Employability Advisors, The Money Doctor and Unitemps.

The formal conference proceedings were closed by Head of Department, Dr. Diane Bray, who said “this year’s student conference has been fantastic”. She urged the finalists to hold their heads up high and to be proud of their achievements as they prepared to leave Roehampton.

The event concluded with the Roehampton Steel Band followed by an after party with a special performance by the Psychology staff/ student band, “The MANOVAs”.

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