Press Releases 2014-2015

Psychology Graduate Receives Prestigious Research Bursary


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Swansea psychology graduate has received a prestigious student bursary from the British Psychology Society (BPS) to present her dissertation to the Society’s Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, held in York next month.

Rebecca Crabtree, twenty-two years old and from Yeovil, graduated last month with a first-class honours degree in Counselling Studies and Psychology. As well as securing the bursary, she was also awarded the prize for Best Psychology Student within her cohort.

At the BPS Conference Rebecca will be presenting her research exploring the links between men’s implicit attitudes, masculinity and engagement in health checks.

Rebecca said: “Receiving the BPS award and a bursary to present at the Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference has topped off an amazing three years at this University. I absolutely loved researching into men’s health and it is something I am hoping to continue in the near future. I am sad to be leaving such a great lecturing team who have supported me so much over the last three years.” 

Dr Ceri Phelps, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Rebecca’s dissertation supervisor, said: “Rebecca has completed some really exciting research in the area of men’s health, taking her work into the local community and clearly having potential to take this research further in the future. We are delighted that we will have the opportunity to keep working on this topic with Rebecca over the coming months.” 

The BPS is the learned and professional body, incorporated by Royal Charter, for psychologists in the United Kingdom.

All UWTSD Swansea psychology courses have the prestigious BPS accreditation. As a result, all students on the joint honours BA and BSc psychology programmes will have the BPS status awarded with their degree, provided the minimum standard is achieved. Students who gain the BPS status will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Note to Editor

1. Photograph: UWTSD graduate Rebecca Crabtree receives her student award at last month’s graduation ceremony.

2. For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 07872 423788 or email

3. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

4. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.