Sean Kennair

Psychology BSc

At Kent, we have so many initiatives, like Café Psychology where researchers talk about their passion projects.

Why did you choose to come to Kent?

Making the choice to come to Kent, obviously the field is incredibly competitive.

It can be hard to look at [university league] tables and try to distinguish between three different places on the tables and go okay that's definitely better because if you go back a couple years it's going to be different.

So for me, coming to Kent and seeing Canterbury, seeing the beautiful campus and hearing the focus on trying to be this inclusive European society. Those were probably as important to me as looking at the great results that have been coming over the past years for the University.

Why study psychology?

I think the reason I chose to study psychology, and really anyone's choice to study psychology, is always going to be a very individual one.

I've had a lot of experience with psychology throughout my life, with both my parents being psychologists.

It's nice for me because I think you get a deepened understanding of not only yourself but also other people and the way things work.

From one angle, you can take that into helping others and I think that's always been really important to me. But similarly, also trying to further that understanding through research has been huge for me with my father being a researcher himself.  

So when I saw that the School of Psychology had such a focus on that and really wanted to improve that it made the choice easier for me to come here.

Tell us about a recent piece of work you’ve enjoyed?

I’m in my second year now. In the first year, for statistics, much of the work is quantitative. For the second year, and I think this really shows how varied the School of Psychology's assignments are, we did a qualitative piece of work where we reviewed interviews that we did with other schoolmates. It was really nice because you felt like you got this deep understanding of what you were investigating.

With quantitative data you get nice results and it's easy to evaluate but it can be really nice to look at and talk to a person and really understand how they feel beyond a very basic one to five [score].

Do you feel like part of a learning community?

To me, being a part of a learning community is more than just going to lectures and seminars and the people you meet there. To me, a learning community is about everything that happens there, but also what happens around it.

At Kent, we have so many initiatives. We have Café Psychology which is bringing researchers in to talk about their passion projects as well as initiatives by the Psychology Society where you have top people in their fields coming over to give lectures for us.

Staff are so inclusive and reach out to you and talk to you and everyone seems to want to improve and that's what I feel like a learning community is.