As well as making the most of the plethora of opportunities on offer at Edge Hill University, Psychology graduate Husnain Shah also dedicated a lot of his time completing voluntary work with vulnerable children.

At his graduation ceremony today, Husnain was also awarded with the University’s Adam Bell Scholarship in recognition of his achievements and contributions to raising the profile of Edge Hill in the wider community, after being nominated by five members of staff.

“I was really surprised when I received the award – it suddenly felt like all that hard work over the three years was worth it,” said Husnain.

During his second year, Husnain, from Blackburn, began volunteering with Action for Children, a charity helping disadvantaged children across the UK, with the aim of gathering the skills he’ll need for his future career.

“I mentored a child who had suffered severe emotional trauma in the past, which led to a number of behavioural, social and academic problems. I planned sessions and activities with them weekly over the course of a year, and although it became difficult at times to juggle with increasing university workload and other commitments, I made sure to attend every week without fail as I didn’t want to let them down. I recently received an award from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool for completing the programme and making a significant difference in the life of the child I mentored and his family.”

As well as volunteering, Husnain has made the most of his time at University by taking on numerous roles after being voted Psychology course representative and faculty representative for Psychology and Sports and Exercise Sciences, organising departmental and external events, and taking extracurricular Spanish classes.

Husnain has decided to continue his time at Edge Hill with an MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Edge Hill. The course was really engaging and staff have been extremely helpful, and I was given a lot of opportunities and support. I can’t wait to start my Masters in September.”

Husnain also has some advice for students looking to secure jobs and graduate positions.

“Do as much as you can to enhance your CV and personal profile,” said Husnain. “From taking on extracurricular activities to helping out within your department, the experience counts for a lot when you are looking for a job and really helps you stand out from the crowd.”

After contacting a Senior Educational Psychologist in Bolton and impressing them with his CV, Husnain was successful in securing an opportunity with the Bolton Educational Psychology Service. He is helping implement a working memory intervention programme, called Meemo, for children with special educational needs in three schools in the Bolton area. He’s also involved in creating resources for teachers and parents, such as materials to help parents understand psychological assessments used on their children, as well as providing translations of these materials to Urdu and Hindu in which he is fluent.

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