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Top performing psychology student wins national award

Published: Tuesday, 18 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A top-performing graduate who excelled at the University of Bolton has become one of only eight people to scoop a national award for her work.

Psychology graduate Caitlin Jenkins gained the highest marks in her class to be awarded a Citation for Excellence by the British Psychology Society.

The award related to her final-year project and is in addition to a British Psychological Society Award and a Governor’ Prize from the University of Bolton that she has already claimed for her work.

Ms Jenkins, who lives in Bury, was nominated for the latest award by Professor Jerome Carson of the University of Bolton’s Psychology department.

She said she was delighted to scoop the Qualitative Methods in Practice (QMip) award and said having her work cited for excellence is “profoundly rewarding”.

Describing her dissertation as “a real labour of love” that related to some of her own experiences in the mental health sector, Ms Jenkins said she had enjoyed creating it.

She added that her passion for qualitative methods had made the award even more rewarding.

The project produced scored a mark of 92 – the highest ever given to an undergraduate – and investigated service user experiences of psychiatric diagnosis.

Professor Carson said that staff at the university were “astonished” by the work Ms Jenkins produced, describing her research as “just amazing”.

The external examiners were equally as impressed, saying they had never seen a student of her calibre before.

Professor Carson added that the standard of writing was a doctoral level and said he felt “blessed” to have worked with her.

Ms Jenkins is planning to put her skills to good use by training to be a clinical psychologist and is already planning to secure a place on a doctoral course.

The QMip and other awards should help in this regard, while she is also planning to stay in close contact with those from her course.

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