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Niall Niall Lally, President (3rd year)
NĂ­all completed an undergraduate degree in psychological sciences and information technology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, an M.Sc. in Neuroimaging at Bangor University, Wales and a Ph.D in Neuropsychiatry at University College London. He is passionate about advancing treatment and awareness of mental health conditions and also in reducing stigma towards those suffering from psychiatric conditions.
James James Oliver, Vice President (2nd year)
James studied his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Following this he worked as a healthcare assistant on an acute psychiatric ward. He later completed a postgraduate certificate in low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy at University College London and worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. Currently in his second year, James is interested in Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, and is particularly interested in the use of talking therapies within Psychiatry
Tom Tom Shortland, Treasurer (3rd year)
Tom did a Liberal Arts degree at University College Maastricht and then a Latin American Studies Mphil at Oxford University. Volunteering for a mental health charity convinced him to change course. His interest in psychiatry stems from the fact that the speciality does not just try to heal a particular part of the body but instead integrates social, physical, mental and behavioural aspects to treat the patient as whole person.

Fola Ajekigbe, Events Rep (2nd year)

Fola previously studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Manchester. During this time he volunteered for their Nightline, a non-directive, non-judgemental listening service. He found supporting people dealing with mental health issues was very rewarding and sparked his interest in the area. It gave him a desire for a more directive role in supporting people affected by mental health issues, which has led him to wanting to find out more about Psychiatry.


Kate Higgins, Website & Social Media Rep (2nd year)

Kate studied her previous degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Lincoln. She then went on to work as a healthcare assistant in a forensic mental health facility, which is where her interest in psychiatry started. She has always been keen on addressing and reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Having seen members of her friends and family struggle with mental health issues, she is keen on relaying to others how important psychiatric healthcare and support is at all levels.


Rheanna Morton - 1st year rep

Rheanna's previous degree was in psychology and she has always had a keen interest in mental health. She volunteered on a psychiatric unit for 2 years whilst studying for her undergraduate degree. She is interested in psychiatry as she feels it will give her the opportunity to make a significant difference to the lives of others.


Sumi Manirajan - 1st year rep

Sumi's undergraduate degree was in Clinical Sciences. She explored the field of psychiatry during her degree and chose to complete her research project on Schizophrenia. Learning about mental health conditions and it's prevalence in the western world, she realised the importance of psychiatry. Since graduating, Sumi worked with dementia patients and appreciated the effect their disease had on their health and mindset. She believes psychiatry is an up and coming field and with the focus the NHS is now putting on a holistic approach to medicine, it will be an excellent career choice.