Tamara Smart (nee Jewell), class of 2004

I am a Young Persons Mental Health Worker for Rotherham & Barnsley MIND.

I Love my job! In my role as a Young Persons Mental Health Worker I work with Children and Young People aged between 4 and 18yrs. I offer 1to1 support at a tier 2 – early intervention – level within schools, supporting children and young people who are experiencing a range of issues that impact on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. They may or may not have a mental health diagnosis.

Following my graduation I began work in Northamptonshire NHS. My first position was within an adult acute psychiatric treatment ward as a nursing assistant (a real eye opener and I feel it was a great starting point for me and I really enjoyed it!) Continue reading

Ashleigh Hillier, class of 2000

I am a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In this job I teach, conduct research, and engage in service work for the university and wider community. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have this position and every day I am grateful.

I teach various classes related to the field of Disability (and autism spectrum disorders) at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Continue reading

Carol Callinan, classes of 2007 and 2009

Since graduating from my B.Sc. I have worked as a research assistant at the University of Lincoln on a range of different projects. In 2009 I completed a M.Sc. in Child Studies and then moved on to study for a Ph.D. in Education. I am in the final write up stage of my doctorate and have just begun full-time employment in my current post.

My current Job

Lecturer in Special Educational Needs, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln. I support higher education students’ learning in a range of subjects including education studies and special educational needs and inclusion.  I love my job and really enjoy the opportunity to help students develop their potential and achieve their learning goals. It is all I hoped for and more. Continue reading

Kerri Walster, class of 2010

Studying at University was an amazing experience (I would honestly go back and do it all again). I had great support from my course tutors, I met brilliant friends who I still keep in touch with and I was able to learn about all the different areas of psychology (finding my interest in Clinical Neuropsychology).

I gained as much experience as possible through my degree. I completed two weeks work experience with a Clinical Psychologist, I volunteered for charities (Mind and Rethink) and I worked part-time as a Support Worker with adults with learning disabilities for three years. I was also fortunate enough to complete my third year project with Dr. John Hudson (clinically based research based on clients with epilepsy and their cognitive deficits). For this research I completed a battery of neuropsychological assessments and some psychometric assessments. This research was submitted for publication.

After graduation I started my first job as an Assistant Psychologist for Lighthouse Health Care. Continue reading