Student profiles

  • Rachel Grenfell-Essam, BSc Psychology '08, MSc Psychology '09, PhD Psychology

    “I decided to study at Essex after attending an open day. I felt at home and was impressed by the excellent teaching and research ratings. I have always been interested in psychology and my interest continued to grow throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies. This made the decision to continue with my PhD at Essex easy.

    “I really enjoy the freedom I have in my PhD. I particularly like designing my own experiments, running them and analysing the results in my own work space. I also have an extremely supportive supervisor which is great. My Department is fantastic, any problems are dealt with quickly and the staff are always friendly and helpful. I also enjoy helping out as a teaching assistant in several classes and lectures.

    “I really like the compact layout of our Colchester Campus, everything you need is within a five minute walk from the offices to the library or the SU bar. There is also a great atmosphere and student vibe here; I have always felt safe when walking through campus at any time of day or night.

    “My best memory, so far, was when I was told my first paper was accepted into a journal, it was such an achievement. Once I have completed my PhD, I would love to become a lecturer. Essex is one of the leading universities for research, so completing a research degree here will stand me in very good stead when I start applying for jobs.”

  • Annelie Harvey, BSc Psychology '10, MSc Research Methods in Psychology '11, PhD Psychology

    “I completed both my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Essex before starting my PhD. I developed an excellent working relationship with the staff and I found my Department to be an innovative and stimulating environment. I previously studied MSc Research Methods in Psychology, which put me in an excellent position to study at PhD level. It provided a grounding in conducting research independently, as well as advancing my statistical and analytical skills.

    “The University is a very welcoming environment and my Department does a fantastic job of making students feel comfortable. I cannot praise the administrative, technical and academic staff enough; they are approachable, helpful and supportive. Working closely with my supervisor, I am learning more each day about how research is conducted, analysed and reported. The Department is second to none and the facilities allow for a broad range of research to be conducted.

    “On completion of my PhD, I am keen to begin a career in academia. Being able to further research, as well as encourage young minds into the field, is very appealing to me.”