22 July 2015
A psychology student graduating from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with first class honours hopes to use her degree to help people suffering from eating disorders.
Kerys Herbert, who is originally from Shropshire, says her motivation for studying psychology was always to help others but she realised while studying that she wanted to specialise in mental health.
The 21-year-old now hopes to gain a doctorate in clinical psychology and in the meantime is hoping to secure a research assistant post, having already undertaken an internship with UCLan’s research department as part of her degree.
She also carried out a work placement at Fleetwood Nautical College researching human responses to survival situations.
During her internship, Kerys completed an undergraduate research project on the effect of anticipatory stress on cognitive performance following fire-fighter training. Her work was one of two UCLan research projects selected to be showcased at the ‘Posters in Parliament’ exhibition, which saw Kerys present her research to politicians at the Houses of Parliament.
“I’m so happy to be graduating with a first and now looking forward to hopefully doing my doctorate so I can go on to help people suffering from eating disorders.”
It was a double achievement for Kerys, who admits the biggest challenge she faced while studying was overcoming her fear of giving presentations.
She said: “I was really shy before I came to university and the thought of having to get up in front of large groups of people terrified me, but I think I’ve managed to overcome that now.”
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at UCLan, one of the things that first appealed to me about it was that it had a really great atmosphere and the psychology department was brilliant.”
“My favourite part was the clinical modules and that’s what helped me to decide that clinical psychology was the route I wanted to go down. I’m so happy to be graduating with a first and now looking forward to hopefully doing my doctorate so I can go on to help people suffering from eating disorders. It’s something I’m passionate about.”
Kerys is one of 4,000 students who graduated in front of family and friends at Preston’s Guild Hall last week.