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ASM 2014 Bursary Winners

In 2014 we provided 5 conference registration bursaries to:

  • Emily Gartshore, Nurse

Emily Gartshore

Emily said: “As a junior nurse and researcher, receiving the UKSBM Bursary allowed me to attend and present at the UKSBM 10th Annual Scientific Meeting in December 2014. This conference gave me exposure to high quality research relevant to all fields, it was inspiring and thought provoking allowing me to not only learn but discuss and challenge current research and practice. Networking with national experts in behavioural medicine was an invaluable part of this experience; the welcoming atmosphere has helped to build my confidence in presenting and networking with senior colleagues across a variety of contexts. Overall receiving this bursary has helped me to excel in my path towards a clinical academic career as a nurse and researcher. It has left me feeling inspired and motivated and strengthened my application for a successful PhD studentship, which will be starting in the next academic year.”



  • Raluca Matei, AHRC-funded PhD Candidate in Music Psychology (‘Health promotion among musicians’), Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Raluca Matei
Raluca said: “I am grateful for the registration bursary that I was offered to attend the UKSBM Conference in December 2014, without which I could have probably not participated. I consider myself lucky to have been supported not only in delivering my first conference presentation, but also in doing so as part of a really respectable scientific event! I gave a brief overview of my Master’s research on the acceptability of an intervention aimed at reducing sedentary behaviours and increasing physical activity among older adults – the talk was part of a symposium on habit formation as applied to behaviour change, convened by Dr Ben Gardner, my supervisor at the time. Fortunately, we also published the paper in the meantime. I perceived the audience as responsive and friendly, and I found the entire conference very well organized. I particularly enjoyed the breadth of behavioural medicine facets that have been covered – namely, a wide range of applied behaviour change techniques, a rich array of health related contexts and conditions, as well as the different perspectives of patients, the general population and policy-makers. For someone who had just started to explore the multidisciplinary nature of behaviour change, this proved to be a really good opportunity!”


  • Sarah Ellis, Clinical Paediatric Dietitian and PhD student (part-time)

Sarah said: “My PhD is looking at the field of weight management in pregnancy.  A large part of this research is to evaluate an existing intervention programme as per MRC complex interventions guidance. During my reading time it became apparent that I needed to become more familiar with behavioural science, and quickly. I was fortunate enough to receive a bursary from UKSBM following acceptance of a seminar presentation which allowed me to attend the conference in 2014. This bursary allowed me to attend the event and, literally, immerse myself in the subject. I was able to talk directly to the people who had authored the journal articles that I had read to clarify points and ask additional questions – the networking opportunities were second to none. This conference was also the first where I had presented research to an international audience and this experience will allow me to feel far more confident for future presentations. Since the conference I feel I have a better understanding of behavioural science and have been able to direct my research with more focus than previously. I would thoroughly recommend other students take the opportunity to submit their research to the conference, and to apply for this bursary.”


  • Katrin Hulme



  • Fozia Ikram Bashir

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