The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that Shanika Yoshini Koreshi, of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Batch 15 alumna of the BSc (Hons) in Psychology has been made the Manager for Academic Partnership Development at the Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology (CIRP). This position has gained her internationalisation opportunities which she has been excelling in, as evident in a recent successful credit transfer agreement between CIRP and the Faculty of Science at the University of Western Australia, a leading university in Australia.
Shanika’s blossoming career as an academic at the Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology, Sri Lanka, an autonomous franchisee of Coventry University UK, began as an Assistant Lecturer in January 2015 following graduation. A year later, she was promoted to a full lecturer leading modules for social psychology and occupational psychology in the BSc (Hons) in Psychology Programme. She conducted workshops and training for corporate professionals in both Sri Lanka and in the Maldives. Shanika was recognized for leadership and innovation, and was appointed as the Programme Lead for the International Foundation Programme offered at CIRP. She was involved in getting the International Foundation Programme accredited by Coventry University. She felt that developing curriculums for the programme were very fulfilling achievements.
According to Shanika, carrying three titles is challenging, but has largely moulded her as an individual who is self-confident and responsible. It was during this time that she also managed to completed the Master in Business and Organizational Psychology from Coventry University. Since joining, CIRP, she also had the opportunity to present at the 2016 Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society in Nottingham, UK, with two current research papers are under review for publication. One of her supervisees from the BSc (Hons) Psychology Programme was awarded the best research paper during the 2017 CIRP graduation and this was for her, a moment of validation of the long hours of hard work and toil. We, at the Department of Psychology wish Shanika continued successes in her journey through academia and life.