Psychology student's poster to be displayed at British Psychological Society annual conference

Psychology student Sandy Metwally has been given the prestigious opportunity to exhibit a poster on her research at the British Psychological Society (BPS) annual conference in May this year.

Psychology student Sandy Metwally has been given the prestigious opportunity to exhibit a poster on her research at the British Psychological Society (BPS) annual conference in May this year.

The poster forms part of the work that Sandy undertook during a ten-week studentship, funded by the School of Social Sciences. This took place between her second and third year and involved working as a research assistant.

Sandy's research explored young people's perceptions of cyberbullying, examining how much they thought they were at risk in comparison to their friends, students of their age, younger students, people older than them, and strangers.

The study showed that those with greater knowledge and more experience online were found to have more accurate perceptions of risk, as they showed a lower third-person effect. Across all the young people who took part in this study, it was female respondents who thought they would be more likely to experience cyberbullying.

In her role as research assistant, Sandy was involved in data collection, data analysis and the write up of the report, as well as the creation of the poster. She also had the valuable opportunity to learn additional and more advanced statistical methods, as well as gaining a precious insight into how research is conducted in practice.

Sandy said: "I am both overjoyed and slightly stunned that my poster was accepted at such a prestigious event. I never thought at this age I would be able to present something I had worked on. This opportunity just affirms how valuable schemes like Scholarship Projects for Undergraduate Researchers (SPUR) are."

As well as having her poster displayed at the BPS annual conference, Sandy will also be presenting her poster at the Houses of Parliament.

Psychology student's poster to be displayed at British Psychological Society annual conference

Published on 4 March 2015
  • Category: Press; School of Social Sciences

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