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Psychology at the University of Strathclyde – Kayleigh

Kayleigh, 20 years old, is enjoying studying Psychology at Strathclyde. She is interested is how the mind works, and how peoples' behaviour can be interpreted.

Where are you from? What brought you to where you are today?

I am originally from Paisley, Scotland where I attended Todholm Primary School from P1–3. I moved to Kirkintilloch when I was seven, where I continued my primary school education at Harestanes Primary school before attending Kirkintilloch High School. In my sixth year of secondary school I took Psychology as a Higher subject and this is when I discovered my interest in the field.

What is your degree?

I am now in my 3rd year of a BA Psychology degree at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

What inspired you to study this subject?

As mentioned above, my Higher qualification in this subject was the deciding factor for me. However, I was always interested in how the mind worked and how people’s behaviour could be interpreted and Psychology is the perfect subject through which to investigate that.  

What qualifications did you have for your course?

I have 2 Advanced Highers and 4 Highers (Advanced Highers – Music (B), English (C); Highers – Art (A), Maths (B), Psychology (B), Graphic Communication (B)).

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

Strathclyde is a highly esteemed university and has an accessible campus which makes student life that little bit easier. The university has a great reputation for innovative teaching techniques and this was also a good decider for me.

What do you like about the course and your university?

I like the variety we are offered on this course – the chance to sample different areas from the subject of Psychology.

What learning methods does your university employ?

In this field work experience isn’t feasible, but outwith our regular curriculum there are Psychology seminars. These include talks from esteemed Psychologists or other speakers working in Psychology-related fields to educate us about the career opportunities out there for us.

What aspects of the course are you finding difficult? Does the university support you well?

The coursework can be extremely overwhelming at times, especially now that I have started my 3rd year of the course. As each class runs separately by different lecturers, there is the odd chance for assignments to fall within a day or two of one another. Although this can be stressful at times, the university’s online facilities are ample and there is always someone around within a few hours to answer any questions you may have.

How are you funding your studies?

As a Scottish student, my course fees are covered by the Scottish Students Awards Association (SAAS) and I am also granted a bursary from them to help with my living costs. To help me along with money and allow me to save for my future, I also have a part-time job as a Support Assistant, working with special needs adults. I got this job after gaining some initial experience working in a nursing home. Both of these jobs will hopefully be useful as relevant experience in my future career after university.

What about the social side of things at university?

Like any student, I enjoy the ample opportunities of student nights out. Attending a university in Glasgow city centre helps! Apart from that I like to spend time with my friends when I’m not working, and I try to make the most of that time.

What do you plan to do once you’ve graduated?

After graduating university I would like to travel for a few months before committing to further study. I aim to do a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology with the hope of working with offenders in the prison system as a Forensic Psychologist.

How is your university supporting your career aspirations?

Strathclyde University has a great careers service which, as well as running drop in sessions for anyone to go and seek help or advice, also runs presentations for students on their specific subject and the career opportunities open to them.

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