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Psychology Technician Scoops National Award

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A Psychology technician from the University of Worcester has scooped a national award in recognition of her contribution to education.

Laura Scurlock-Evans was chosen by The Higher Education Academy (HEA) because of the outstanding support she gives to the student learning experience.

“I was very proud to represent my department at the awards ceremony, and it has really inspired me to continue finding new and innovative ways of supporting and enhancing teaching and research at the University of Worcester,” she said.

After studying psychology at university, Laura worked in the care sector before joining the University of Worcester in 2009 as a Psychology Technician.

“Working within Psychological Sciences has allowed me to become involved in teaching and research activities, and I enjoy helping my colleagues to deliver a seamless, enjoyable and valuable educational experience for students,” she said.“I have also been able to start studying for a PhD with the department.”

Laura was nominated for the award by Dr Penney Upton at the University of Worcester.“Laura is an outstanding technician who goes above and beyond her role to support the staff and students here at Worcester,” Dr Upton said.

“She has played a significant role in other areas of work including research, marketing, student employability and enterprise initiatives.”

Laura won the award jointly with Charlotte Elwell, who works at York St John University.

The pair were presented with their awards at the Association for Technical Staff in Psychology (ATSiP) Annual Conference. They each received £150 and a framed certificate.

Dr Julie Hulme, Discipline Lead for Psychology at the HEA, said award nominations generally were of an excellent standard but the two best were inseparable in terms of the contributions they made.

Dr Hulme said: “Both demonstrated exemplary skills in using specialist psychological technology, software and resources to support students. Their commitment to the student experience and their active involvement helped to engage students in valuable research training and technology-enhanced learning.

“Both technicians are clearly highly valued by their academic departments and by the students they support, to the extent that it was impossible to separate these two outstanding nominations; I am delighted that the HEA are able to recognise both of their achievements with this double award.”

Applications for the award had to include evidence of excellence relating to one or more criteria. These included interaction with staff and students, development of learning materials and innovative use of existing technology to support the student learning experience.