Bethan Burnside

Recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence.

Greenwich became a solid foundation and springboard from which to dive into the rest of my personal and professional adult life, and I’ll always cherish both the exposure to research and the close friendships and connections I made there.

Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence

The Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence exists to acknowledge and reward the excellence our students demonstrate daily. The fund was used to create an endowment to provide awards to students who have demonstrated excellence, from academic innovation to supporting the local community.

Bethan Burnside

Memories of Greenwich

I came from a bit of an unusual background whereby I didn’t attend high school. After teaching myself to pass two AS/A Level subjects as an external candidate, I worked as an English Second Language (ESL) teacher for two years – both in Latvia, where I grew up, and in Ecuador – before completing the first two years of my BSc Psychology at the University of Greenwich's sister campus in Athens, Greece.

During my time at Greenwich, I was an active member of the Amnesty and Performing Arts (P.A.) societies. I was particularly involved in the latter; not only did P.A. become like a second family to me, but participating in its improvisation event and end-of-year play was paramount to developing my confidence regarding speaking in public, listening to my intuition, and thinking on my feet. I was also incredibly appreciative of our Student Union and President at the time, who were just fantastic at facilitating a safe space for student advocacy, communication, and innovation.

Receiving the Award

I'd never heard of the Award until I received an email last year with the news that I'd won it – I was completely surprised, but absolutely thrilled! Due to my lack of prior formal education I’d never received anything of the like before and was quite proud of the progress I’d made over the past few years to get to that point.

Joining the Alumni Community

Greenwich became a solid foundation and springboard from which to dive into the rest of my personal and professional adult life, and I’ll always cherish both the exposure to research and the close friendships and connections I made there. I’ve just finished my MSc, and I’m currently moving abroad and searching for a PhD on the nexus of research, design, and mental health policy. I also aim to build upon my experience in organizing the NeuroArt competition and exhibition at Greenwich, through continued involvement in the BioArt scene.