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Psychology student's award joy

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September 7 2012

A student who has overcome blindness to achieve success in psychology has been given a university award.

Sue Lees, a first-year student on the British Psychological Society-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology degree at Glyndŵr University, has been awarded the inaugural Professor Alex Carson Award for the university’s psychology student of the year. 

The prize is awarded to an undergraduate student from any year of study who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to overcoming personal difficulties to achieve success in their studies.

Sue, from Johnstown, is a mature student who has refused to let her blindness become a barrier to her goal of following a career in psychology.

She said: “I was so pleased when I heard I was to be awarded the Professor Alex Carson Psychology student of the year prize.  For the first time in my life, I was lost for words as this has shocked me.

“The goal was to pass the first year - never in a million years did I think of having an award. 

“All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart to everybody who has supported me, especially the psychology department for all their encouragement and the support worker who supported me through the year”.

Staff said Sue was an inspiration to both her student colleagues and to the teaching team, and that she fully deserved recognition for her hard work and dedication.

Sue added: “The experience of the first year was hard and frightening, not knowing the unknown.

“But through attending the lectures and getting to know the tutors and other students, it was a good experience all round. 

“The tutors were very good in explaining on what was needed and helping you if you got stuck.

“Everything from the timetable to the lectures were made clear so you knew exactly what you were doing from day to day.”

Professor Chris Lewis, Glyndŵr University’s academic leader for psychology said: ”The division of psychology here at Glyndŵr University is constantly seeking to be the best at student engagement and student satisfaction.

“This mission was reflected in us being ranked first in the recent guide for student satisfaction and 10th overall in the Guardian league table for psychology. 

“Our students play a vital role in this student satisfaction – Sue Lees has been an inspiration to all within psychology and has worked closely with the team to ensure that everyone’s needs are met.  I wish Sue all future success with her studies.”

Glyndŵr University’s BSc (Hons) Psychology degree focuses heavily on practical experiences, with students including Sue using the university’s flight simulator, forensic science suite, sound broadcasting studio and science discovery centre Techniquest Glyndŵr on a regular basis for practical experiments.

For more information on the course click here or attend the university’s forthcoming open day on Saturday, September 15.

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