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Psychology graduate wins prestigious Jonathan Sime award

Robert Hickman, who graduated from the School of Psychology this year, has been awarded the Jonathan Sime Award for his outstanding final year dissertation.

The award, which is open to all undergraduates attending a UK University, recognises a significant contribution to the field of people-environment research in an undergraduate dissertation.

Robert’s dissertation explored student attitudes to environmental waste policies including adding charges to non-biodegradable products such as coffee cups and plastic bags to greatly reduce their harmful effect on the environment.

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Robert receiving his degree certificate from Head of School, Petroc Sumner

All Student entrants submitted an extended abstract to a Panel of Assessors on a subject area related to Environmental Psychology. The panel was comprised of national and international Environmental Psychologists who then shortlisted the applicants into three finalists to submit their full dissertation for review.

The panel were very impressed with Robert’s work and added that it “provided a novel insight into the predictors of individuals’ acceptability of different waste policies. The work was very well written, presented in a very professional, concise and polished manner” Robert was delighted with his award, and said “I’m thrilled with this award and very proud to have my work recognised by a global panel of academics. This has given me great confidence and strengthened my interest in pursuing a career in research; an area I hope to continue during and beyond my postgraduate studies.”

Robert extended his thanks to this supervisors, “I’m extremely grateful to my supervisors Dr Capstick and Professor Whitmarsh for all their advice and support with this project. The award is testament to the fantastic work of the Social and Environmental Department at Cardiff’s School of Psychology.”