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Year 12 students take part in Psychology competition at Royal Holloway University

On Friday 30th June a group of Year 12 psychologists visited the Royal Holloway University of London to take part in a competition against other schools in the country. The posed question was: ‘How can you use psychology in your everyday life?’, and to answer this we had to send in a 3 minute video and prepare a display board for the day of the competition.

One of the two groups was made up of Airlie Groves, Leah Parren, Catrin Bell-Jackson, Elise Gibson, Maddie Howson and Lolly Platt, who chose the topic of domestic abuse and the role psychologists play in helping the victims of it. In the other group were Molly Strange, Olivia Fox, Gracie Richmond, Chloe Jones and Emily Beale, who decided to research into the impact psychologists have on victims of terrorism.

When we arrived at the university we were shown to a room where all of the groups had their display boards and posters, whilst in the background the videos we made before were playing. Each group had to go around and ask the other groups about what they had researched while the judges and psychologists were observing us. Whilst the votes were being counted, we had the chance to go into a lecture hall to listen to psychologists and lecturers talk about studying psychology and some of the research they have recently been undertaking.

Overall, it was a great and thought-provoking experience which not only gave us an insight to other students’ research on various topics, but it also gave us more information about studying Psychology at university and the many sectors that it can lead to.

Gracie Richmond

Head Girl


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