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Dean's Scholarship Lunch


On 3 November 2017, the Executive Dean, Professor Ian Everall and the Dean of Education, Professor Patrick Leman met with the winners of the Dean’s Scholarships 2017. The winners were Harriet Welch, Matthew Bowdler, Itzia Perez-Morales, Tilly Hawkins and Lea Laurenz who were all awarded the scholarship based on the academic strength of their application.

We caught up with Harriet Welch after the Scholarships’ lunch to find out more about her. 

Harriet Welch is currently enrolled on the War & Psychiatry MSc, and studied her undergrad in Psychology at Durham.

Hi Harriet, thanks for meeting with us! How are you finding life at the IoPPN?

It’s going great, I’m really enjoying my course and I have just confirmed my dissertation title with my supervisor. I have actually done a module in beginners Russian, which was free to do as a King’s student. King’s is good like that, there are a lot of perks. King's just really look after you, really friendly and supportive.

That’s cool. What about your course, what’s that like? How are you finding the format and is it much different to your undergraduate degree?

So it’s a taught masters, so a little similar to my undergraduate degree in terms of contact hours. It is entirely essay based and so I can pick which essays I want to do at the start of the year. Then we have our dissertation on to work on.

What will your dissertation be about?

I’ll be using data from an Operational Mental Health Needs Evaluation study. It’s very cool that we can access this data, and it’s nice to know that I can write a paper on something that could potentially have a lasting impact. PLUS it’s really interesting. I really like all the affiliations that King’s has.

How has the scholarship impacted you?

Well, I took a year out because of the sheer cost of living in London. The scholarship has been very helpful. It’s very motivating – I am determined to do well and to strive to achieve. I applied for several scholarships but this one was a total surprise.

And what do you like to do when you’re not studying?

In London? I often babysit. It’s good pay and very grounding. I really like the National Gallery. I actually nearly went on to study Art. I also play a lot of Judo, and will be competing in BUCS this year. Judo really helps me take some time out and focus on something else.

Exciting! What’s in store for the future, then?

Well, I had considered going into clinical psychology but was put off by the years in education. After a year out I realised I just really want to get back into education! I think I’d like to go on to do the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology…  

Great. We wish you all the best

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