Alongside his academic studies, committed student Kyle Clark has dedicated much of his time to raising awareness of mental health and issues within the LGBT+ community, and this has earned him a prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship.

After stumbling across the course by chance, Wirral-born Kyle has never looked back, and has graduated from Edge Hill University today with a first class degree in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour.

“When it came to deciding on university options I was completely lost,” admitted Kyle. “I had a passion for both Psychology and Sociology and when I came across the Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour course, the modules sounded perfect.”

It was after attending an event on campus that Kyle was inspired to start writing about equality and diversity, two topics he is truly passionate about.

“I was invited to attend an I4P event at Edge Hill hosted by Jan Cunliffe, a representative of the campaign JENGbA,” said Kyle. “Afterwards, I had a good chat with Jan about the campaign and offered to write an article about the event and garner some positive social media attention. This ended up being my first article which was widely shared on social media, and it made me realise how much I loved writing articles and blogs and decided to setup my own blog where I could unload my thoughts and feelings toward contemporary topics of interest.

“After a while, I decided that I wanted to share my work with more people so I contacted literally hundreds of media outlets and news companies to see if they would be interested in sharing my work. It wasn’t until about a month later I received a reply from a Senior Editor at Huffington Post UK who loved an article I had written about ‘Coming Out in the 21st Century,’ and I was sent some login details for my own contributor account at Huffington Post.

“Since then I’ve had five articles published and promoted on their main pages. Alongside Huffington Post, I have had articles published with Time to Change and #MentalMovement Magazine. I am also in the process of having one of my pieces published in a print magazine, and I have recently begun an article series on queer representation in film and TV where I talk about how well (or not) a film or TV show has portrayed queer individuals.”

Kyle has received a coveted Chancellor’s Scholarship in recognition of his contribution to the Edge Hill community after being nominated by three of his friends.

Sean Creaney, Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, said:

“As a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and Mental Movement magazine, Kyle has written about important topics, including LGBTQ+ rights and mental health awareness. We hope he is as proud of himself as we are. Kyle and other students like him are the reason why the BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Analysis of Offending course has gone from strength to strength. Kyle is a caring and empathic young man with a very bright future ahead of him”.

Kyle will undertake a Masters degree at Edge Hill in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing and will continue to write and publish articles on a wide array of platforms on mental health and LGBT+ issues.

“I hope the Masters degree will give me the knowledge and expertise to enhance my writing skills and continue to write about the things that I believe in. I will continue to send articles to major news companies in the UK with the hopes of expanding my platform and giving underrepresented individuals in the UK a voice.”

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