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National award for Salford psychology technician

Jun 16, 2011

Psychology technician Robert Bendall has scooped a national award in recognition of his excellent work to support teaching and learning.

Robert, from the School of Social Work, Psychology & Public Health, won the 2011 Psychology Network Technician Award, in association with The Association of Technical Staff in Psychology (ATSiP), after impressing judges with his involvement in research, teaching and assessment.

Robert, Psychology Technician, said “I am very pleased to have won this award. It reflects the hard work of the whole psychology team.”

As well as being responsible for the smooth running of all the psychology laboratory facilities, Robert has been directly involved in research projects conducted at Salford, some of which involve experiments using innovative methodologies that have been applied in a field setting. 

He has also recently given a guest lecture on the forensic psychology module that focused around one of his research interests – lie detection.

Dr Catherine Thompson, Psychology Lecturer, said: “It is rare that a psychology technician is so highly qualified in the subject area, in addition to having the skills necessary for the role.  Robert consistently strives to continue his studies in psychology, making him an excellent role model for the students. 

“He understands the more theoretical perspectives of the research conducted and is able to identify novel approaches for many different research topics. His skills therefore expand the overall expertise of the team.”

Robert receives a prize of £150 and will be presented with his award at the ATSiP Annual Conference at Oxford Brookes University (6-8 July 2011).