Cardiff Met inspired Laura to undertake award-winning research
Studying for her undergraduate degree in Sport and Physical Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University led Laura Green to uncover a passion for academic research and rethink her career plan.
23-year-old Laura began her BSc in 2008 with the intention of becoming a PE teacher, but soon discovered she had far more academic flair than she had realised and was eager to continue her studies when she graduated First Class.
Laura said: "I really enjoyed my undergraduate degree, especially the research element. Rich Neil, one of the senior lecturers, recommended that I apply to study at Masters level and I'm so glad I took his advice."
In 2011, Laura started her MSc in Applied Sports Psychology, carrying out a longitudinal examination of stress and emotion processes experienced by female footballers.
Having played football every week since she was ten years old and competed in the South West premier division, it was no surprise that Laura's passion for the topic shone through in her work and she graduated with a Distinction.
Speaking about her MSc, Laura said: "I'm really driven to understand what makes people tick, and female football is becoming quite a popular research context in sports psychology."
Laura's postgraduate dissertation has since won the Cardiff Met Dean Award, and the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group's (PsyPag) 'Best Masters Research' Award.
The accolade from PsyPag also involved a £250 prize, and Laura was invited to formally present her research in the group's quarterly journal and at a national conference.
When Laura left her hometown of Gloucester to go to university, it was the unrivalled reputation of the research and facilities at the School of Sport which made Cardiff Met her first choice.
Laura said: "I've definitely thrived at Cardiff Met, particularly in the postgraduate environment, and I'd love to stay and do a PhD.
"The School of Sport lecturers are so down to earth, and take a very hands-on approach to help you develop all the skills you need to get the best degree possible.
Laura is currently saving up and applying for PhD funding, hoping to continue researching the role of emotions in elite sports performance.
Under the spotlight:
2006 Studied A Levels in Psychology, History and Physical Education
2008 Started at Cardiff Met studying BSc Sport & Physical Education
2011 Graduated with First Class BSc and started MSc in Applied Sports Psychology
2013 Completed MSc with Distinction and received awards for dissertation
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