Kirsty Hill wins The 2014 Katie Sullivan Prize in Psychology

Awarded by the College of Human and Health Sciences Psychology Department to the best student in the second year of their studies, the lucky recipient of the 2014 Katie Sullivan Prize in Psychology is Kirsty Hill.

Kirsty Hill - Katie Sullivan Prize 2014Kirsty, who is 21 and from Port Talbot, is registered blind.  She enrolled on Swansea University’s Psychology course after developing a love for the subject while studying for her A Levels at the Worcester Residential College for the Blind.

She said: “When applying to study at university, Swansea immediately became my first choice.  As well as being closer to home, I was enticed by the enthusiasm and helpfulness of both Psychology department staff and students.  Also, the fact that Swansea University has an on-sight transcription centre (meaning that all of my work can be made accessible), definitely influenced my decision to study here.”

“My highlight whilst studying at Swansea is being nominated for the Katie Sullivan Award.  I feel honoured to be nominated for this award. It feels amazing to know that all my hard work has paid off, and this award has definitely given me the motivation and determination to continue working hard during my final year.”

“Swansea University has given me a much greater sense of independence and self-assurance with regards to my studies.  I have enjoyed meeting new people and have become less shy and a more confident person.”

“I would happily recommend Swansea University to other students, particularly to those with a disability. The level of help and support has been brilliant, and I personally couldn’t see myself studying anywhere else.”

On completion of her degree, Kirsty hopes to study for a master’s in Clinical Psychology, obtain a PHD and become a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in chronic pain.

She added: “My current studies will be vital in achieving my chosen profession.  They will enable me to gain sufficient knowledge and interest for my future career, as well as providing me with the necessary skills, in order to be successful.”