Zoe Smith wins The Katie Sullivan Prize in Psychology 2013

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 2013 Katie Sullivan Prize in Psychology is Zoe Smith.

Zoe, who is 22 and hails from Newport, enrolled on the BSc Psychology course after falling for Swansea University’s academic record as well as its ‘community vibe’

She said: “I chose to do a degree in Psychology due to the vast modules on offer. I believed that the various teaching methods available on the course would allow me to develop valuable skills and enhance my future employment prospects.  Also, a number of the Psychology lecturers were leaders in their field.”

“I was attracted by the university’s high standing amongst other universities and it was also highly ranked for its up-to-date research.  When I attended an open day I felt that Swansea University had a ‘community vibe’ which was lacking from previous universities I had visited.  Oh and the most outstanding beach just outside of the university did play a small factor too of course.”

Zoe’s achievements are all the more impressive, given that she suffers from a heart condition along with a long term condition that results in chronic pain.  She said: “The most challenging part (of the course) has been balancing university studies with a long-term illness.  This led to a suspension of my studies for a year after my first year of uni which has made my studies challenging to complete.

“My favourite part of the programme so far has been attaining invaluable skills and accumulating knowledge that can be applied to everyday situations.  I have also enjoyed being a participant in other students’ projects and I’m currently looking forward to conducting my own piece of research.”

Zoe now hopes to graduate with a good degree and has her sights set on a Master’s in Criminology. She adds: “Winning this award has really boosted my confidence going through into my final year and I feel motivated to push as hard as I possibly can to honour the award I have won.”