Merseyside Young Psychologists and Life Scientists Launch

Blog post by Lucy Bentley, Assistant Project Officer for Merseyside Life Scientists and Merseyside Young Psychologists, a Shaping Futures funded project. 

During February half term, students from Liverpool, St Helens, Widnes and the Wirral made their way to the University of Liverpool campus for the first event of the Merseyside Young Psychologists and Merseyside Young Life Scientists programmes. It was an early start for many, but by the time everybody was buzzing.

We started the day off with a behind the scenes look at the facilities used for research and teaching. Academic staff and PhD researchers were on hand to give advice about preparing to study psychology, or how to choose from the eleven different life sciences courses on offer at the University of Liverpool.


This was just a brief glimpse of what’s to come next; in March students will experience a day in the life of a University of Liverpool undergraduate, attending first year lectures and carrying out practical work in labs.

Several Year 12’s cited the campus tours delivered by Student Advocates as a highlight of the day and while not everyone was keeping count, it’s fair to say we covered a lot of ground. One Student Advocate clocked an impressive 13,000 steps on her Fitbit while delivering a campus tour.


Over lunch students met the PhD students who will become their academic mentors, finding out more about their pathways to PhD study. Joanna shared her journey from undergraduate study to her research speciality in forensic psychology, while Marisol gave some insight into her experience of conducting studies in the field of veterinary medicine.

The day was a huge success, and it was great to meet the students who’ll be making up our first cohort of Merseyside Young Psychologists and Merseyside Young Life Scientists.

If you’re a Y12 student interested in studying within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool, Shaping Futures will be hosting Y12 students at the University of Liverpool Open Day in June. If you’d like to find out more or register your interest, please contact Lucy Bentley:

We’ll be providing further updates on the Merseyside Young Psychologists and Merseyside Young Life Scientists programmes as they move forward, so watch this space! In the meantime, Shaping Futures partner institutions offer a huge range of Psychology and Life Science courses, which you can find out more about here:

You can also study a Foundation Degree in Applied Microbiology at University Centre St Helens. If you want to know more about what a Foundation Degree is, UCAS can help! To push your research even further, you could find out more about career pathways offered in Psychology and Life Sciences on the Prospects website.