Derby academics have love on the brain

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Derby academics have love on the brain

Date posted: 12 February 2014

A couple of love-struck academics at the University of Derby are engaged after a most unusual proposal.

PhD psychology student and researcher Michael Batashvili invited his girlfriend, researcher and dramatherapist Sarah Buxton, to the lab at the University's Kedleston Road site in Derby where they both work, under the pretence of taking part in an experiment to measure live brain activity.

Once the headset device was in place and recording, he started the 'experiment' which suddenly, to Sarah's surprise, turned into a marriage proposal.

Michael, 25, who is originally from Ilford, said: "I was very nervous, but my colleagues were in on the plan and helped me get ready for it. Sarah likes unique things and so I wanted to propose in a way that no one else could.

"Not only did it all go perfectly, but we have a really special souvenir showing what was really going on inside Sarah's head!"

Sarah, 28, from Derby, added: "I had no idea Michael was planning to propose so I was genuinely surprised. It still feels like it's all been a dream, but a wonderful and very happy one. I am delighted to be his fiancée!"

The pair, who met as psychology undergraduate students at the University of Derby, have been together for more than six years and live together in the city.

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