Meet our grads
Sara Webb BSc Psychology Graduate 2002
I am a child and educational psychologist working across different community settings including schools, children’s centres, hospitals and voluntary organisations. Most of my work is focused on supporting children and young people to achieve their potential. Work includes assessment and intervention on a one to one basis with children/young people, group work, consultations with parents/teachers/other professionals, training on psychological issues and on-going research. Gaining a degree from the Psychology Department at Royal Holloway, one of the top Psychology Departments in the country, supported a smooth transition from my BSc into further study as the reputation of the solid programme of study and the quality of staff and teaching went before me. In addition, the range and depth of areas covered proved to be invaluable in my further study and indeed in my current role, such as Developmental Psychology, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology and of course Research Methods! I am thoroughly enjoying my career choice and am thankful to the Psychology Department at RHUL for giving me a great start to my psychological career.
Samantha Powell, BSc Psychology Graduate 2005
I am currently Head of Psychology at Seven Kings High School and teach A Level Psychology and Sociology. I lead a team of three other Psychology teachers. Two of the Psychology teachers had just qualified as a teacher, when employed at the school. I was involved in their professional development so they passed their ‘Newly Qualified Teacher’ (NQT) year. I now performance manage one of the teachers. I am a form tutor in the sixth form and run the Amnesty International club. I achieved a First Class Psychology degree at Royal Holloway. This provided me with a range of skills and knowledge that helped me prepare for teaching. However, there are topics that I teach that were not part of my degree content. My future plans are to become either the Head of Department of both Sociology and Psychology or Head of Sixth Form.
Toomas Kull, BSc Psychology Graduate 2007
I work as a consultant at a reputation and crisis management consultancy called Regester Larkin. Some of my work involves client work, but most of my time is spent working on a major internal change management project which will enable much more efficient day-to-day working practices. It is challenging as I have been given a lot of responsibility, but as the organisation continues to grow internationally, we're having to improve the ways in which consultants share and exchange knowledge and information. The Psychology degree has helped me get to where I am in several ways: by providing me with key theoretical knowledge which we use in our client presentations and company models, and by giving me the necessary skills, for example, research, analytical thinking, communication, and team work. The variety of work is challenging yet exciting, and I like to think that the dynamic nature of the work will continue to develop my skills set.
Richard West, BSc Psychology Graduate 2005
I have worked in a number of roles since graduation and I am currently a Senior Sexual Health Adviser for a London based NHS Hospital. My role is extremely varied, from working in a busy GUM clinic providing support and counselling to people diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections and HIV, to delivering workshops in schools around relationships, to working with public health to develop local policies to reduce infections and sexual ill health. My time at Royal Holloway has definitely helped me in being able to deliver the broad ranging skills required to do my job. Directly, a number of the health behaviour models and theories I studied at Royal Holloway I use with patients every day and the skills I learnt in report writing and statistics I now use to write reports and analyse data for public health. Indirectly, studying at Royal Holloway increased my confidence in public speaking and mentoring and allowed me to get involved in a series of volunteering opportunities which paved the way for my career today.
Mark Gould, BSc Psychology Graduate 2009
I decided to pursue my PhD in Psychology at Royal Holloway shortly after completing my undergraduate degree in 2009. My PhD focuses on "Look But Failed to See" accidents involving motorcycles, whereby drivers pull out of junctions and collide with oncoming motorcycles; claiming not to have seen them approaching. My degree assisted me in gaining confidence in critiquing established research as well as a baseline level of understanding about the perceptual factors that underpin these sorts of accidents. In the future, I hope to pursue a career within industry with either a road safety organisation or a vehicle manufacturer.