Conference leads the way for the next generation of professionals

Posted on Tuesday 21st February 2017

Students have been leading the way with the second annual Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling Conference.

Organised and developed by students in the Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives Society, a day of inspiring lectures in the SLZ covered a range of exciting topics from all psychology pathways.

Professor David Hopkins

Over the course of the day hundreds of students attended lectures by Professor David Hopkins, Dr Duncan Cross and Life Management Coach, Rachael Setareh.

European, World and Paralympic Swimming champion Jonathan Fox MBE gave an enlightening lecture on climbing the ladder of success, and the setbacks he has faced during his sporting career.

The Mayor of Bolton 

The conference also raised money for Alzheimer’s Research with £1125 being donated to the charity; £625 raised by the PPC Conference with £500 match funded by Lloyds bank.

‘After the Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives Society’s Vice President Joanne Jones lost her mother to the disease we have all been inspired to raise money and awareness about the condition, and to put on an even better conference than last year,’ said Laura O’Brien, one of the organisers of the conference.

‘We’ve had to work with a lot of different areas across the University in organising the event and received tremendous support every step of the way.


‘Because it’s a student led event, done by students for students, it has been a real success. In organising it, everyone has been able to network and build employability skills with local businesses and distinguished guests.

‘We have also learnt the importance of communication skills which will be vital for us after we graduate. Conferences like today’s teach us the way forward and inspire us as the next generation of professionals.’

The event was also attended by the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Lynda Byrne, who opened the event and senior members of the staff from the University.


‘This conference is of particular interest to me as I qualified as a nurse in the 1970s‘ and for the last 25 years of my career I have worked as a disability officer, assessing the needs of people with disabilities and providing equipment and adaptations,’ said Mayor, Cllr Lynda Byrne.

Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic), Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi spoke on behalf of the University: ‘Working together and inspiring one another is one of the key goals of both the Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives Society and the University as a whole.

Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi

‘As a Teaching Intensive, Research Informed University, supporting students in their personal and professional development is crucial to helping them achieve their goals.

‘Conferences such as today’s, our TEDx event and Sport TIRI Conference, are vital platforms to talk about the research being done at the University and to inspire, interest and motivate students, the future of this University.


‘The University already has world leading research taking place on campus, and we intend to make all teaching informed by high quality research in every area we teach.’