Laura Campbell came to UCLan on the back of enduring a difficult time at another university. Three years later, she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology, after enjoying her time at UCLan far more than she ever thought she would.
At her graduation ceremony in 2017, Laura won three awards, which recognised her ability and potential. She was awarded the Hugh Wagner Memorial Prize for The Best Undergraduate Project within the School of Psychology, the School Award for Best Research Project by a student on the course, as well as the School Award for the Best Overall Performance.
After gaining an incredible 100% in her Psychology A-Level at college, it was both inevitable and unsurprising that Laura has achieved all of the above. She firmly believes that her skills developed greatly after coming to UCLan. Laura Said: “I have developed immensely in all aspects of myself since attending UCLan.
“I loved that I was in University every day for a significant time, which was more than my previous university in comparison. I felt I was engaging more with my studies and I also enjoyed having the choice of modules, as it made me feel as though I had a say in my own education.”
The transition from one university to another isn’t a very common step to take so understandably Laura was quite apprehensive at first. However, through the support of her tutors and peers she soon realised that she had nothing to worry about at all.
Laura said: “Due to my negative experiences at my previous university I was particularly anxious about having to start afresh, especially as I didn’t know anyone and I was worried that I may have the same experiences as I did the previous year.
“The transition was much easier than I expected, which I believe is down to the fantastic staff and support base I was provided with before and upon my arrival. I was quickly introduced to an amazing group of friends who helped me greatly with settling into the University.”
It’s that same support system which Laura talks about the most about when discussing her time at UCLan, labelling the support and opportunities she has received at the university as “second to none.”
Outside of the course itself, Laura got involved with numerous different things across UCLan. In her second year, she became a student ambassador whilst also taking the chance to become a research assistant within the Psychology department.
Laura said: “Being a research assistant provided me with valuable insight and knowledge regarding research techniques which later assisted me with my own research in my third year dissertation project.”
She continued: “Becoming an ambassador has also provided me with the opportunity of becoming a Mobility Support Worker over the past year, which has helped my personal and professional development immensely.”
Having now graduated, Laura is currently working towards publishing her dissertation, while she has also decided to remain affiliated with UCLan. After initially going into another job, she returned to work at the University in May this year, and now works as an assistant on the Future U project based at UCLan, as well as volunteering in the Psychology department.
15 November 2018