High Praise for Work Psychology Prizewinner - Class of 2016

— 02.02.16

by Jody Dalton

At the 2016 Winter graduation ceremony, Kester Poon, who is currently employed by the Ministry of Defence in Singapore, was deservedly awarded both prizes of Best Student, sponsored by Arup, and Best Dissertation, sponsored by Pearn Kandola.

Upon receiving the awards Kester said:

“The MSc has been an invaluable experience in refreshing and updating my knowledge in these areas as well as in the forging of networks with peers, academics and practitioners alike.”

Kester Poon, MSc Occupational Psychology 2016

Kester has used his experience to develop his role within the MoD, applying knowledge from the wider aspects of Occupational Psychology including organisational behaviour, and employee wellbeing.

Fellow alum Joel Ockwell also received high praise for work contributed through his dissertation; an organisation-based project at Pearn Kandola, a leading business psychology consultancy firm, which looked at scoring methods for situational judgement tests. Following the project, Joel was invited to present details of his work at the Indigo Gold Innovation Awards 2015. These awards look at how innovative the project is along with scoring based on academic credibility and how transferable the work is to current and future commercial environments. The judges were impressed with Joel’s thorough analysis and he was put through to the final round of discussions, before finally being named as runner-up.

Joel continues to put his research-led knowledge into practice in his new role as a Business Psychologist working on selection and assessment practices at PriceWaterhouseCooper.


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