“The main reason I decided to study at Essex was the University's strong Research Assessment Exercise
rating; psychology is a science, so a good research ranking was important to me. Furthermore, the University
seemed modern and up-to-date (eg equipment and technical support) and, as an overseas student, it was very
convenient to come to Essex, since Stansted is close and London about 45 minutes away.
“I came from Norway to Essex with no connections or friends but the University offers great student
accommodation which makes settling in easy, so you make friends in no time. I lived in one of the Towers with
13 others, so it was impossible not to become friends. In addition, being a campus-based university means
Essex creates a great student atmosphere. There are many clubs and societies around campus, so you can find
people with the same interests as you. All in all, student life is a great opportunity to socialise.
“For me, it was also easy to settle in academically. Being from Norway, where English is a great part
of our primary education, meant the language was not a barrier for me, however I know the University offers
support for the students who may have problems.
“The Department of Psychology is great. First of all, the academic staff are excellent and, whenever
you have questions or need something clarified, lecturers are always there to help. The teaching itself is also
very good, with aspects about the modules clearly outlined. On the technical side, my Department is well equipped
and all psychology students have access to great lab facilities, with modern computers and a range of software.
“I have also found the administrative staff in the Department to be lovely. Sometimes I feel that they
take over from my mom, as they are always there to help and never without a smile. After three years, I genuinely
feel that both the academic and administrative staff want us to do well. This level of support is just fantastic.
“After graduation, my plan is to stay at Essex and proceed with my PhD Psychology. I found an interesting
topic for my third-year project, which I hope to take further with postgraduate research. This is testament to all
the positive aspects that I have outlined about the University of Essex, which have made me decide to stay here
for at least another three years after my graduation.”
Le An is now a PhD student in the department.