Class of 2024: Madhusree Dasgupta

We’re so proud of our Class of 2024. They’ve overcome enormous challenges, helped others, grasped opportunities, and developed their skills, showing their Essex Spirit in so many ways. Here, we’re taking the opportunity to share some of their stories.

  • Date

    Thu 11 Apr 24


Described as one of the most "exceptional students I have met" by her supervisor, it is no surprise Madhusree Dasgupta has made our Class of 2024.

Psychology student Madhusree has gone from strength-to strength whilst being at Essex and studying for her Masters.  

Her passion for wellbeing and intersectional justice has underpinned her dissertation research, which looked at how experiencing weight stigma effects the embodied selves - the idea that bodies carry trauma - and how this influences enriching physical relationships. 

As well as balancing this ambitious project, which saw her study 600 people, Madhusree has worked in the Department of Psychology's world-leading BabyLab.

Incredibly she also managed all this while volunteering at several community organisations, including a befriending service for elderly people- whilst also working in the Lakeside Theatre.

Madhusree said: "I chose the University of Essex because of its impactful research and research facilities.

"During my time here, I explored various methods and engaged in multiple studies. A fantastic supervisor and supportive professors helped me push my boundaries, enhancing my academic skills.

"Beyond the department, I enjoyed the university's library and theatre. The presence of a theatre kept my passion for watching plays alive. The library became my go-to spot for relaxation, whether with books or my laptop after a hectic day.

"As a graduate, I confidently assert that Essex has changed how I approach research, revealing new ways to explore ideas I thought were confined to my imagination. This experience not only influences my current work but also lays a solid foundation for my future."