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2017

Abertay graduate shortlisted for prestigious award

13 January 2017

An Abertay University graduate has been shortlisted for a prestigious British Education Award.

Rachel Smyth, who graduated with a first class BSc in Psychology in July, is being honoured for her ‘brilliant academic result’ in the Degree category.

She has now been invited to attend the British Education Awards Ceremony on 30 January in London.

At the glittering event, young people and their families, teachers, politicians, senior government ministers, professionals and celebrities from across the UK will celebrate the successes of those nominated.

Rachel spoke of her delight at the honour. She said, ‘I feel amazing about being nominated for the award, and very proud to have been shortlisted as a finalist.

‘The incredible support that I received from Abertay, my fiancé, family and friends helped me achieve a first class honours degree.

‘I am my own worst enemy - I tend to doubt myself a lot. But achieving a top degree and now being a finalist for a prestigious award has given me confidence in my abilities that will help me in the future.’

Dr Lynn Wright, lecturer and BSc Psychology programme leader in the School of Social & Health Sciences at Abertay University, said this was ‘a tremendous achievement’ for Rachel.

She said, ‘This nomination reflects Rachel’s hard word and determination which she demonstrated throughout her studies on the BSc Psychology programme.

‘Our suite of psychology programmes gives students the opportunity to learn about human and animal behaviour, and, as part of their honours project research, our students can also choose to specialise in a particular area of psychology.

‘For her honours project, Rachel chose to conduct her project in the field of mental health and well-being, and this is something that she highlighted as one of the most enjoyable parts of her degree programme.’

Find out more about Abertay’s BSc in Psychology

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