Within three months I was in my first Assistant Psychologist role.


Josie Lester, our BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling alumna went on to work as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist with an NHS Trust three months after graduating.

Josie started as a mature student and reflects on her first experience with the University of Greenwich: "I had taken a year out after finishing my access course and I was very anxious about going to university as a mature student. I felt like a fish out of water. When I arrived at Greenwich for the open day, it was a really relaxed atmosphere. Everyone was very friendly". She goes on to say, "Greenwich also offered some bursaries to people from low income households. I felt that this was important and made me feel as though Greenwich understood the struggles of its students and the barriers some may face in accessing education".

Throughout her course, Josie faced many challenges, but the level of support she received from her lecturers really took her by surprise: "Greenwich was academically challenging, engaging and the course leaders, lecturers and tutors were so supportive. Someone always had the time to sit with me and explain something. While at university I was diagnosed with a learning disability. I had extra support in exams and was provided with equipment which meant I could study more effectively". She goes on to say: "The lecturers really do know their stuff and as my degree progressed, I started to see how passionate they all are about their subject of expertise. The learning environment is so rich. The lecturers' enthusiasm really enhanced discussions and captured my interest. The course exceeded my expectations and more. I thoroughly enjoyed my course, even the statistics!"

The course is based at the Greenwich Campus which is located just next to the River Thames. It is surrounded by several historical landmarks like the Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory and the Maritime Museum along with many shops and places to eat in the near vicinity. The Campus has first-rate teaching facilities, as well as student accommodation and is a single DLR journey away from central London.

"I am now an Assistant Clinical Psychologist working with Essex Partnership NHS Trust, and I am still learning. I think I always will be".

"I cannot thank the university enough. I feel so lucky to have had such wonderful academics who were so passionate about their field". She goes on to say, "I left university and within three months I was in my first Assistant Psychologist role. Every day I need to call on what I learnt. Everyone in my year was friendly and we always offered support to each other, even if you only knew them to say hello. I made some really good friends at Greenwich and they will be friends for life. I would highly recommend the course".