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Lynda McPherson

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling/MSc Health Psychology

I have had such amazing experiences during my time here. The teaching has been outstanding, it’s been incredible.

Lynda  McPherson

Why Teesside University?

Going to university was not something I ever thought I would do. I left school with no real career aspirations but my husband returned to education to study child nursing and it inspired me. Teesside University is local to me and has a fantastic range of courses with excellent facilities. I came to an open day and the staff were knowledgeable and approachable – and that cemented my choice.

Best thing about your course?

The lecturers share their passion for psychology. The staff are approachable and always help if they can. Psychology is such an in-depth subject with so many facets – I love the variety of topics which have developed many transferable skills.

Did you do any extracurricular activities?

I signed up to Volun-tees, the University's volunteering programme, and completed over 500 volunteering hours in a range of settings including a memory clinic for dementia patients. I was on the University’s Psychology Society committee and a course rep. My volunteering experiences developed a range of new skills, and additional tools for my career.

Did you receive any financial support?

As a member of the Psychology Society, I secured student experience funding to travel to India for two weeks with colleagues on the Clinical and Ancient Psychology Programme. We visited the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences and the School of Ancient Wisdom.

I also did four weeks’ international work experience in Bali, living with a local family. I worked with a range of people across different establishments including deaf children, autistic children and people in a psychiatric hospital. The skills I developed were incredible and it taught me the importance of non-verbal communication.

Did you use any of the University’s support services?

I had support from Student Futures with my personal statement and CV. I also went to a useful workshop about promoting yourself through social media.

What are you doing now?

I’m currently studying MSc Health Psychology, which is a British Psychological Society recognised qualification for Stage 1 training. The course covers clinical and professional skills, current topics and interventions.

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