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Postgraduate students chosen to take psychological knowledge to Parliament

14 December 2018

Two recipients have been selected for a joint scheme between the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), which will see two postgraduate students work to produce briefing notes for parliamentarians.

Margaret Laurie, a PhD student at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, and Lois Donnelly, a PhD student at the Centre for Violence Prevention at the University of Worcester, will spend time with POST during 2019 to produce briefings on a specific topic.

Whilst these topics are yet to be confirmed, Margaret Laurie’s work at the University of Edinburgh is focused on how digital technologies shape interpersonal interactions in autistic children, and her POST briefing is likely to be in a related area.

Lois Donnelly’s postgraduate work looks at the wellbeing of victims of domestic abuse as they go through Family Court proceedings – her work with POST will be on an aspect of social psychology potentially related to gendered violence.

The BPS POST award is made annually, and the successful candidates will produce briefing notes which will be available in 2019.


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