Graduate Chelsea Courts has spent a total of 7 years from 2014-2021 at USW completing her BSc(Hons) in Psychology with Criminology before moving on to completing her PhD.  Since starting her PhD in 2017 Chelsea has been a valuable part of USW’s alumni community giving back her time delivering talks to post-graduate students whenever she can.  

What has life been like since finishing your course?

I continued living in South Wales after graduating and I now work as an Assistant Psychologist for CTMUHB. Since completing my PhD, I have applied and been successful in securing a place on the Doctorate for Clinical Psychology which I will be starting in October 2022. I am excited to undertake an additional postgraduate qualification; I’m particularly looking forward to working therapeutically with a variety of clinical populations as my current experience has primarily been with working-age adults.

What are the benefits of volunteering for you personally?

I have enjoyed delivering talks to post-graduate students for a range of purposes: to support student induction, to discuss/disseminate my research, to speak broadly about research/research methods, to deliver sessions on how to present research by poster, as well as to discuss potential careers.   

I enjoy meeting new people, sharing what knowledge/experience I have, and having discussions about how research can improve so many aspects of life. I have found volunteering as an alumni member to be highly rewarding and thoroughly enjoy my continued involvement with USW. I would definitely recommend other alumni members to get involved and volunteer with USW if they are considering this.