Elaine Fernandes, BSc Psychology & MSc Health Psychology graduate


The opportunities and experiences that Aston offers have enriched my future. I am certain I’m not the only one - I couldn’t recommend it enough! 


I am currently employed and work for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (NHS). My employer offers screening every two years to men and women aged 60 and over. The screening programme aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when treatment is most likely to be effective. Screening is key area of public health and my employer has strong links with research and health organisations, working to improve the service and uptake.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Aston University in 2008. I chose Aston for its small size, friendly campus atmosphere and it's placement opportunities. It also has a perfect location, walking distance to the station, prime shops and social venues, what more could a student want? I visited Aston on an open day and got stuck in traffic and unfortunately missed a majority of the day. Despite this the lecturers and students I met that day were more than accommodating and made sure I still got everything I possibly could out of the visit. This impressed me the most and it showed that Aston values each individual.

Having studied at Aston University for my undergraduate degree, it was the natural choice when looking to study a Masters. I chose to do Health Psychology because the course is accredited by the BPS and provides stage 1 training towards chartered health psychology status. I chose to stay at Aston purely because I know how dedicated and supportive the staff are. Aston also has a helpful and friendly careers service, giving great advice. The programme staff have active links with research, NHS and health organisations which gives key insight into various job prospects that health psychology can lead to. In addition the MSc really enhances your research skills and provides great resources for applying knowledge. My favourite part of the course was the lectures lead by health professionals who currently work in the field. It gives lots of opportunity to ask literally anything about areas of research, careers and to understand first-hand how theory applies in practice.

I’ve met some amazing individuals and built life-long friendships; and it’s the people that shape the best memories I have of Aston.