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Driving change; undergraduate nominated for road safety study award

Posted on 20/09/2016
Khadija Naeem

Khadija Naeem, nominated for Sean Morley Memorial Prize

Khadija Naeem, who graduated this summer from the Department of Psychology, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for her research into road safety.

Eating and driving is as dangerous as using your mobile phone

Khadija has been nominated for the Sean Morley Memorial Prize for her research into the dangers of driving whilst eating. She compared the effects of eating and driving to talking on a mobile phone and driving. Using a driving simulator she looked at how drivers reacted to hazards, like pedestrians stepping into the road. She found that eating whilst driving was as dangerous as talking on the phone, which has legal implications, as currently only talking on the phone is subject to legal restrictions.

Khadija said, “Having this research shortlisted for the Sean Morley road safety award is a privilege, and will allow an opportunity for the results of this research to be shared, and further awareness raised into road safety. Not many people realise eating whilst driving is just as dangerous as talking on the mobile phone and especially because it is still legal, at present, to eat whilst driving, people assume it is safe to do so.”

Psychology at Holloway a “great experience”

We spoke to Khadija about her time at Royal Holloway and she told us “Completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Royal Holloway has been a great experience, and has given me the opportunity to develop many academic as well as non-academic skills. The psychology department at Royal Holloway I found, was especially good, with many resources to offer. I especially enjoyed going to the psychology career talks and the ‘Meet our Grads’ events where external speakers came in to talk about their jobs and careers, which was very useful to me.”

“I was also part of the committee on the K-pop society at Royal Holloway, which gave me the chance to learn about new cultures and meet new people. I would highly recommend anyone coming to Royal Holloway to get involved and make the most of the different resources and opportunities offered to you whilst studying, as this will help to develop further skills and experience alongside your degree, which is valuable for the future.”

In memoriam

The award is named for Sean Morley, a 20 year old History and Politics undergraduate at Aberystwyth University who was killed in a hit and run in September 2012. The prize is an initiative from road safety charity Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers (AIRSO). The prize is open to UK undergraduates who have dissertations or other projects in road safety.

The prize will be awarded on the 3 November at the Palace of Westminster.

Find out more about life on campus on our Student Life pages and by visiting the Students’ Union. You can find out more about the research being done by the Department of Psychology by looking at our news pages or by visiting its website.


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