Congratulations to Kester Poon, MSc Occupational Psychology graduate who won both prizes associated with the Institute of Work Psychology’s programmes at winter graduation, held on 13 January 2016. He was awarded prizes Best Student and Best Dissertation, sponsored by Arup and Pearn Kandola respectively.
Dr Carolyn Axtell said: “It is unusual for a student to receive both prizes, but Kester’s outstanding performance across the course as a whole and within his dissertation made him a worthy winner for both. He has graduated with Distinction and achieved the highest overall programme score within his cohort. His dissertation examined the role of manager flexibility in the implementation of HRM practices.”
Kester (pictured above, left) was employed by the Ministry of Defence in Singapore prior to the MSc and has returned there since finishing the course. His role allows him to apply knowledge from different areas of Occupational Psychology – ranging from selection, to training analysis and evaluation, to organisational behaviour, statistics and employee satisfaction and wellbeing.
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”.
Another recent graduate, Joel Ockwell (pictured above, right), was invited to the Indigo Gold Innovation Awards in 2015 to present details of his dissertation project which looked at scoring methods for situational judgement tests. 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 had worked with Pearn Kandola on developing alternative scoring systems after successfully applying for a Sheffield University Management School company-based dissertation project. Since graduating he has been putting his learning to good use after accepting a job offer from PriceWaterhouseCooper where he is working as a Business Psychologist on selection and assessment practices.