Psychology student profiles
Read our student profiles to find out what it’s really like to be a Psychology student at Brunel.
There are loads of reasons to choose Brunel: the impressive courses, the extensive social opportunities, and sporting facilities. When I was looking at different universities and researching courses, Brunel stood out to me. I thought the psychology course included a wide range of interesting modules from Brain and Cognition, to Social Psychology. Additionally, the campus is very lively and there are numerous societies and sports clubs to join.
I started out at Brunel doing a standard three-year Psychology course. However, I changed to the four-year thin sandwich course because I saw that it had good prospects. Seeing as I am interested in several aspects of psychology - mostly psychotherapy - having the option to do two placements is very practical as I can grasp what I am good at and what I enjoy. Moreover, I believe having work experience will be a great asset when looking for graduate jobs after graduation.
I am currently on placement at HAGAM, a service for addiction management, which focuses on drug and alcohol misuse. My role on placement is volunteer project worker. This means I help co-facilitate the different group projects that range from acupuncture, to the allotment group to yoga. Additionally, I am able to shadow key working sessions, so I have visuals on one to one sessions with clients. As a project worker, event planning also comes under my role. I have put together different awareness visits to the local colleges and to Brunel, including ‘Stoptober’, National Alcohol Awareness Week, and Healthy Lifestyle event. Another role I have is being part of the outreach team.
What I have liked most about the placement is that I have many opportunities to have actual interaction with the clients. Also, being in a work environment is very good insight into what employment may be like when I finish university.
On all the open days at Brunel, all the students and staff that I met were welcoming, friendly and happy to help, which is what initially attracted me to the university. The campus is also a main factor for me as I love how all the buildings and amenities are in one place rather than spread out, as it makes it seem less daunting and more homely.
The services that Brunel offer are amazing – from lectures and the library to Locos and Academy. Everything a student could want is situated on campus, so you never feel like you’re left out or lacking in something. I also love being so close to London as there are loads of opportunities for days or nights out, and I personally love the ease of transport, as there are bus stops all around campus, which also make it easy to get to the town centre.
The Professional Development Centre at Brunel are always willing to help. I am currently doing a work placement that they helped me to find. I’m really enjoying it and am very grateful to everyone there. They also post lots of jobs online for students to browse and apply for, both on and off campus, which means that wherever a student lives, there is likely to be something for them. Being in greater London also helps with job opportunities, as it is so easy to get into the Capital.
The number of clubs and societies offered is amazing! They have everything, and are always willing to listen if you have an idea for a new club you might want here.
I love the diversity of cultures at Brunel, my grammar school had a small boarding school attached which housed people from all over the world, so Brunel feels like a home away from home and also provides the opportunity for me to learn more about other cultures.
I chose to study Psychology at Brunel for its unique placement opportunities, and graduated with a first. I completed my first placement at the Institute of Psychiatry in London as a research assistant, while for my second placement I worked as a Therapeutic Care Worker in a psychiatric rehabilitation hospital. Working alongside clinical psychologists, experienced nurses and psychiatrists in the 24-hour care of vulnerable adults with mental health problems at the hospital was an extremely fulfilling experience.
Through my two placements I developed a keen interest in schizophrenia, and I subsequently chose to investigate lay perceptions of the disorder for my dissertation. Furthermore, with the support of my dissertation supervisor, Professor Taeko Wydell, I have since managed to get my dissertation project published in the science journal, PLoS ONE. I plan to develop my career in clinical psychology/psychiatry and have been working toward this goal.