UWTSD graduate receives award from British Psychological Society Wales for Best Dissertation


UWTSD BA Counselling Studies & Psychology student Amy Bendall has graduated with a first class honours and has also been awarded the British Psychological Society Wales Best Dissertation Award.

Amy’s dissertation looked at the prejudice suffered by parents affected by sudden death infant syndrome – a subject very close to her heart after the death of her five-month-old daughter Lily.

Amy said: “I was keen to look closely into this area after my own experiences of losing my daughter to cot death. My research found lots of work still needs to be done in this area to support parents.

“I am over the moon to have received the award and I was really surprised. Although the subject area was personal to me, I enjoyed completing my dissertation as a way forward for me and others.”

Amy is now looking to take a year out from her studies before returning to UWTSD to undertake a Masters.

UWTSD’s Dr Ceri Phelps, Director of Academic Discipline: Psychology at Yr Athrofa, Institute of Education said:  “Amy has been a fantastic dissertation student and thoroughly deserves this award. She chose a subject to research that was close to her heart. She carried out her research so professionally throughout and we are all really proud of her.”


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