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Studying at UCS allows you to become part of team where you and your cohort, lecturers and support staff are in this together and I think there is a real comfort in knowing that, if you ever feel like you need help or you are unsure then there will be someone there to guide and support you.

Applied Psychology Graduate Rebecca really made the most of her time on the course and gained an array of invaluable real world experience working with West Mercia Police, Shropshire Mind, We Are With You and more.

"I decided to study at UCS because of their personalised learning experience combining high quality, small classroom teaching with the supportive nature of UCS staff and students. Studying at UCS allows you to become part of team where you and your cohort, lecturers and support staff are in this together and I think there is a real comfort in knowing that, if you ever feel like you need help or you are unsure then there will be someone there to guide and support you.

There are many highlights to my university experience, including my applied independent and group research projects where I have been able to work with local authorities and charities including Shrewsbury Street Pastors and West Mercia Police, developing my research skills, teamwork and passion for helping support the excellent work of those in the community. These opportunities are unique to the Applied Psychology course where I have been able to see the real-world applications of psychology within society and put these principles into practice. One of the many benefits of studying at UCS is their emphasis on employability skills which is illustrated through the work based learning placement and UCS excellent careers and employability guidance service. Another key highlight of my university experience was my work based learning placement working with victim support were I was able to apply my psychological understanding to gain a deeper insight into the impact of hate crime and support those affected by crime.

Throughout my first and second year studying I took part in various voluntary pursuits including volunteering at Shropshire Mind which gave me an excellent understanding of the client perspective of mental health, focusing on their experiences and victim support, working with vulnerable and hate crime victims and developing bespoke support packages. During my third year studying I worked at my ongoing research internship with We Are With You young people’s team profiling those vulnerable to county lines within Shropshire and exploring the parental experiences of those affected by child criminal exploitation.

My lecturers have been a significant help during my time studying which they did by always providing guidance, advice and constructive feedback through assessments, office hours and email. The Applied Psychology Team are a leading team with their wide range of expertise, passion for teaching and use of engaging teaching styles helped to encompass my learning experience.  My personal academic tutor has also been a real boulder for support, her dedication to student wellbeing is admirable, always offering support and checking in as well as providing me with encouragement in all my voluntary pursuits and when applying for postgraduate study.

I feel very lucky to have studied at UCS and I am truly sad to see it come to end, UCS has allowed me to become part of a supportive community whilst developing a range of academic and personal skills that will assist me in all future endeavours. I would definitely recommend UCS to others, UCS has provided me with a high-quality learning experience with interactive lectures and dedicated lecturers, excellent student services, unions and societies as well as the opportunity to meet some amazing people."