"I had an extremely enjoyable and challenging time at Goldsmiths studying for my ESRC-funded PhD in Psychology on the Forensic Identification of Unfamiliar Faces in CCTV Images. The years I spent on this project were some of the most interesting of my life, and I received absolutely first class support from my supervisor, the Department of Psychology and the entire College.
It was the perfect balance of being able to pursue my studies independently, while being able to call on immediate advice if and when necessary. Yes, sometimes it was stressful, sometimes I wondered what I was doing, and doubted my own capabilities, but there was always someone to discuss any problems that arose.
I even managed to conduct a large part of my research at the Science Museum in London. This experience definitely provided the necessary skills to continue research in associated facial identification topics while employed as a post-doc for three years at Goldsmiths. I also gained paid experience as a visiting part-time lecturer, and I am sure that this helped when I successfully applied for a Senior Lectureship at another London university. I have there for four years now and I am still conducting research and publishing in the same general area as before.
The media training I received at Goldsmiths also helped to prepare me for interviews on TV and in newspaper articles. Furthermore, my affection for, and my contacts with Goldsmiths remain strong, and I have a joint book contract with my PhD supervisor (due 2013), and together we instigated the South East Eyewitness Network for academic staff and post-graduate students in the field."