Hayley McDonald

Hayley McDonald

Hayley McDonald

Why did you choose to study at MUARC?

I chose to study at MUARC because of the high quality research that staff and students at the centre undertake across a number of areas, including in road safety. I knew that joining MUARC would provide me with the best opportunity to develop my research skills, by working alongside experienced researchers who are committed to reducing trauma on the roads.

What was your thesis topic?

My research explored the deterrence of risky and illegal driving behaviour. In particular, my thesis sought to examine the influence that legal and non-legal sanctions have upon encouraging drivers to use the roads in a safe and responsible manner.

What was your favourite thing about studying at MUARC?

My favourite thing about studying at MUARC is the friendly atmosphere. I think being much smaller than many other areas of the university means students can feel very much part of the centre.

What advice do you have for anyone thinking about studying at MUARC?

If you are interested in any of the areas that MUARC undertakes research, I would definitely encourage you to study here. You will be joining a centre that places priority upon ensuring that students are given every opportunity to build and develop their research skills, and importantly to make a contribution to the knowledge in their chosen research area.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I would definitely like to continue undertaking research in the road safety area. As I undertake my PhD, I have found there are so many other areas that are closely related to my thesis topic that further research would be beneficial and I would like to contribute to this research. Additionally, I also feel the skills I am developing in my PhD will open up many other opportunities beyond research, so I hope to also explore these after I graduate.

Hayley was a proud recipient of the John Lane Memorial Scholarship