Last week was a very busy week in the Department of Applied Psychology!
We hosted induction activities for several new cohorts across all of our programmes. The BSc Psychology programme was certainly the busiest with most staff involved in induction sessions for over 130 students! The induction took place Monday to Thursday, with Wednesday and Thursday being an opportunity for staff to get to know students in smaller tutor group sessions. These sessions involved the dissemination of important programme information, treasure hunts to get to know the campus as well as team building activities to get to know each other; of the smaller group activities Amie Prior (one of our Level 4 Tutors) said: “it was great opportunity to meet the new students and for everyone to have a bit of fun getting to know each other during the team building activities.” As a Department we are aware that the induction activities can be a deluge of information, so we try to include some more lighthearted sessions as well to ensure some fun was had. Deiniol Skillicorn (another of our Level 4 Tutors) said: “It was great to see so many new faces at psychology induction this week. There was just the right mix of essential information giving and getting to know you activities.” We were also delighted to greet a new cohort of Erasmus student from Turkey, Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain who were welcomed by Jenny Mercer, our Erasmus Co-Ordinator.
Several members of staff were also involved in the induction programme for the Foundation in Social Sciences course which involved students getting to know each other in a speed-dating type activity and putting together posters to illustrate their new found knowledge of the university.
We also hosted inductions for several post-graduate programmes. We welcomed several students to the Post-Graduate Practitioner Programme in Forensic Psychology, a relatively new programme to the Department of Applied Psychology which is going from strength to strength; as well as receiving a new cohort of students onto the MSc in Forensic Psychology.
With regards to the MSc in Health Psychology Caroline Limbert (Programme Director) stated that “we have a very enthusiastic group of new students who bring a wide range of different skills, interests and experiences with them, which will enrich the programme. We look forward to getting to know them and working with them.”
Dr Debbie Clayton has also taken on a new role on the Masters in Research Programme: “I am delighted to be taking over the Programme Director role for the MRes and look forward to working with our new and existing students.”
We would also welcome old students, new students, graduates and anyone interested in psychology to follow our Departmental FaceBook Page (which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/PsychologyAtCardiffMet) and the Twitter account for the MSc Health Programme which is @cardiffhealthps
After a long and surprisingly hot summer we are all refreshed and ready for a new and exciting academic year.
Last year was busy. The Foundation in Social Sciences and the BSc (Hons) Psychology programmes were reviewed successfully in April, and while with the overall outcomes we were especially pleased that the panel members recognised the hard work and commitment of staff members to supporting students and that students talking to the panels said positive and useful things about the programmes. The British Psychological Society also confirmed accreditation for the BSc for a further five years.
We have also welcomed three new members of staff this month. Amie Prior and Heidi Seage will be joining us as lecturers for using mainly on the BSc Programme while Claire Nagi joins us to support our increasing provision of post-graduate teaching and supervision in forensic psychology
After a year of reviews we will not be resting. After two years of hard work and planning two new modules will be starting this year. Work, Volunteering and Applied Psychology modules for second and final year students are now in place. Our lecturer in Work-Based Learning, Alison Walker, has done a fantastic job of procuring a range of exciting and challenging placements for students. The placement modules build on skills prepared during the first year in Psychology for Learning and Work and help students apply their psychological knowledge to work situations. The degree now focuses strongly on providing a good psychology education for students while preparing them for what comes next.
This year we will be building on the placement modules, looking at how we support and develop students for a range of graduate destinations. We are looking forward to running a placement conference for all our students during March, and we will, of course, be reflecting on what we are doing across all modules to best support students.
At the moment, everything is focused on induction week. We are looking forward to welcoming back old students and saying hello to new ones. We have a busy week ahead of us, and then an even busier term.
We wish everyone the best for the new academic year!