Postgraduate Bursary Recipients

Daniel Bowen

I come from the Welsh valleys, which are not exactly known for being an economic powerhouse these days. I got a part-time job and got Student Finance help, but I still would not have been able to comfortably live in Bangor without the bursary. The bursary, in effect, pays half of my tuition for the year, which means I have more money to pay for essentials such as rent, but also to travel to places in the UK which would be beneficial for my postgraduate degree. For example, I can now afford to go to a Conference on Ethnomusicology in the North of England in April, which I would have previously been unable to afford.

I plan on undertaking a PhD in Musicology in Sweden after completing my Master’s, with a long-term goal of becoming a lecturer.

Ceri Owen

I am a single parent to two children and live in Conwy. I graduated with a BSc Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor and am now undertaking a MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice. I'm the first of my family to have gone on to postgraduate study, something which has only been possible as a result of receiving a Widening Access Bursary. I feel proud to be showing my children that you can achieve your dreams if you work hard.

Upon completion of my Master’s, I hope to work in the Criminal Justice system, supporting victims of crime or developing interventions to prevent victimization.

Sam Harper-Barber

I'm a student from Manchester who has completed an undergraduate course at Bangor University and I'm currently doing a postgraduate course in Applied Marine Geoscience at Bangor this year. I am diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and I am aware of the limitations this can have on me, which is why I’m grateful for the support that this bursary brings.

Sandra Williams

I am currently studying for a Master’s degree in Counselling here at Bangor University. This has been a dream of mine since my graduation in 2012 and I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Mrs Delyth Murphy and the Widening Access Centre for this bursary.

I am enjoying this wonderful experience and I am looking forward to the next two years with enthusiasm.

Richard Ward

I studied Psychology at Bangor as an undergraduate and am currently undertaking my MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology, after which I look forward to pursuing employment in a profession related to Clinical Psychology. I am enjoying the opportunity to pursue topics relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders and child development in more detail than at undergraduate level. In addition to this, I have also started volunteering at a mental health drop-in centre in the local community, where I hope to gain more insight into working in a caring profession relevant to Clinical Psychology.

Kirsty Williams

I’m currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Marine Environmental Protection here at Bangor after graduating in 2017 with a First Class Honours degree in Marine Biology.

I started my school life in an English-medium primary school in Rhyl then went on to learn Welsh at secondary school in Saint Asaph and acquired all GCSEs and A Levels through the medium of Welsh.

I am now studying for a Master’s Degree in Marine Environmental Protection, I have interest in the effects of microplastics on marine organisms. During this year, I hope to acquire the skills needed to steer my career towards mitigating the effects of plastic pollution on the marine environment.