Last week the Department of Applied Psychology was proud to officially launch the Psychological Literacy Award (you can find out more about the award here: https://psychcardiffmet.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/graduate-skills-the-psychological-literacy-award-2/). Students and staff came together to find out more about the new development.
We were delighted to be joined by many of the Psychology BSc students as it is their development that is central to the goals of the award.
Dr Dan Heggs, Programme Director for the Psychology BSc (Hons) Programme, said:
“Helping students develop skills for future careers is central to the degree programme, and students have been successfully completing placements as part of their studies for many years. We now have a range of work-related modules in all years of the programme so from the first year onward students are supported and encouraged to think about how they can use and apply psychology. What’s so great about the new Psychological Literacy Award is that it recognises more of the extra-curricular work that students complete, and will help them show that to potential employers.”
We were also pleased to be joined by staff from the Department of Applied Psychology, the Student Union, the Careers Service and Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University. Professor Chapman is a well-known psychologist and a former President of the British Psychological Society. The Department of Applied Psychology was very keen for Professor Chapman to be involved in the launch of an employability initiative which is tailored to the skill of psychology students, especially as to how their psychological literacy enables them to engage in the many work areas.
Dr Lalage Sanders, Head of the Department, was very supportive of the launch event and the award:
“I was delighted with the launch of this innovative development for the Department. Our Vice-Chancellor was clearly impressed by the Award and its launch and is keen to be kept abreast of its progress. I think we may see other disciplines follow this lead. Another first for Applied Psychology!”
We are thrilled to be home to such an exciting initiative and look forward to keeping you updated about the progress of the Psychological Literacy Award. Please also take a look at our Facebook page for more photographs of the event!