PhD students at PsyPAG

Recently, four of our first-year PhD students - Olly Robertson, Claire Melia, Emma Harrison, and Zainab Alyobi - attended the annual Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) Conference. PsyPAG is the official BPS postgraduate group and the conference is aimed at encouraging excellence, sharing research, and building connections between Psychology postgraduates from a range of areas. The keynote speakers included a talk on sexual bullying by Dr Kate Milnes from Leeds Beckett University, and Dr Merim Bilalić talking about his work on problem-solving biases in experts. 
PhD students at PsyPAG, Emma, Claire and Olly

At the conference, Olly Robertson presented a poster on her work on venting as an emotion regulation strategy which was well received by other conference delegates. Emma Harrison also presented a poster on her research into bullying in Higher Education. Emma’s poster was of exceptional quality and we are delighted that she won first place in the poster competition. In addition, Claire Melia gave an oral presentation on her PhD work regarding discourses of alcohol use which won her third place in the presentation competition across the conference. Finally, Claire was also elected as an editor for PsyPAG’s official peer-reviewed journal, the Quarterly.

Over the past few years Keele has been well represented at the PsyPAG conference, with multiple PhD students attending. This conference has proved to be a positive event for our students and we are delighted with the successes of this year’s attendance.