What a busy term it has been!
All levels have been busy getting into the swing of the new academic year and all have had a deadline filled last week of term… with the final year students also now busily working away on their projects!
Another piece of news (as announced on our FB page) is that we are supporting Ty Hafan this year and will be holding fundraising activities. Ty Hafan is a children’s hospice in South East Wales that provides specialist care and support for all members of the family.
Our first fundraiser was a film night earlier in the term where we showed ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’. This is a classic film, with Jack Nicholson playing the role of R.P.McMurphy, a convict who feigns madness in order to escape the hard life of prison and be admitted to a psychiatric ward; while there he brings life and spontaneity to the ward and also challenges the rule of Nurse Ratched.
After the film we had a short discussion about some of the issues of psychological interest that were presented in the film. One notable theme was the nature of (in)sanity and the group came to the conclusion that McMurphy was sane, but Nurse Ratched was insane. We also discussed how treatments of mental illness have changed in recent decades, as well as the power relationship between patient and practitioner.
Dr Katie Thirlaway, Head of Psychology, felt that the film night went very well:
“The film night was a great success and wonderful to raise so much money at one event for Ty Hafan. Although for old timers like me it is a little depressing to realsie the film was made almost 40 years ago. It was useful to reflect how in some areas our understanding and response to mental health has moved on, but also sobering to recognise that it is still a very stigmatised and underfunded area in the NHS”
As well as showing the film we raised money by selling refreshments and hosting a couple of fundraising activites. In total we raised nearly £70 which is a fantastic beginning to our support of Ty Hafan.
This week we have also hosted a social evening to mark the festive season. On Monday evening staff, students and families met in the Atrium to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. This was well attended with students from all three levels, including some of our Erasmus students. Some staff also brought their children which gave a lovely family feel to the evening. The children in particular were very impressed with the decorations in the CSM building:
Dr Daniel Heggs, Programme Director for the Psychology BSc Programme, was very pleased with the evening:
“It was lovely to see so many students attend on Monday. It gave staff a wonderful opportunity to get to know them outside of the confines of lecture theatres and our offices”
This is the first time we have hosted a Christmas social event and we will definitely be repeating it!
We will be continuing to host events throughout the academic year which will be advertised by email, poster and on FB, so please sign up to our FB page to keep up to date. If you would like to find out more about Ty Hafan then please visit their website at: http://www.tyhafan.org
Finally we would like to wish all of our students and colleagues a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
One of the reasons we have been very busy this term is due to some filming we have been doing. Today we received the results of our hardwork:
Dan Heggs, Katie Thirlaway and Leanne Franklin were very nervous about being filmed, but also very proud to represent our colleagues. We are very pleased with the end result and are very proud of our students who took part and so we must say a very heart-felt thanks to Kate, Ellie and Martin.