The leadership side has taught me who I am and the research side has allowed me to understand others better.
Rossi Redgrave knew he wanted to study Psychology at the University of York as soon as he visited the Department. Having just finished his second year of a Psychology degree he has ambitious plans for a future career as a Social Neuropsychology Researcher and Lecturer.
With this in mind Rossi was looking to do a Summer internship and when he heard about the Laidlaw Scholarship it fit the bill perfectly. He said:
“I love learning and want this to continue after my undergraduate degree. The scholarship seemed like a great opportunity for me. It is providing me with valuable research experience, access to a network of like-minded people and it is challenging me to see what I can achieve.”
Rossi’s research project combines psychology with social linguistic research. He is focusing on whether the processing of ambiguous words is affected by the social environment i.e. whether participants are more likely to consider multiple meanings of ambiguous words when in the presence of other listeners. Furthermore he is monitoring brain responses to measure the empathic responses taking place.
On the leadership side of the programme Rossi already had some experience from his voluntary role as Press and Publicity Officer for the charity York Nightline. He is also actively involved in Open Minds - a programme aimed at educating students about mental illness - and has been leading group discussions and organising roles in workshops taking place with Year 10 students.
Whilst he had some insight into the various elements of leadership, the leadership development activity which forms part of the scholarship has surprised Rossi. He has learnt about his strengths and preferences and it has taught him “who I am and who I am not.”
And what advice would Rossi give to students considering applying for the Laidlaw Scholarship in 2018?
“Make sure you are passionate about what you want to research and believe in yourself. The programme will develop you in ways you won’t have imagined but you need to be open to it. It’s one of the best experiences I have had at university.”