On Tuesday 27 February, the Department of Psychology, at Westminster’s Cavendish Campus, hosted the successful taster event, Psych4Schools, to help school children engage with psychology, helping them to consider it as a future course or career path.

Deborah Husbands, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, organised the event offering a series of mini-lectures and workshops welcoming over 120 students from four secondary schools, including Beaconsfield High School, Kingsford Community School, St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College and Viliers High School, to learn more about the world of Psychology. Deborah worked in partnership with Education and Employers, Inspiring the Future and the Edge Foundation to secure contact with the schools.

The session included presentations from Dr Haiko Ballieux, Dr Samuel Evans and Dr Catherine Loveday, who shared their individual experiences and talked about their research in the world of Psychology.

The event also included a Human Library and psychology experiments allowing students to discover some key topics and areas of Psychology, including music and the brain, illusions, speech communication, and memory. A Q&A session gave students the opportunity to find out how staff got into psychology, along with tips for crafting a successful application to university from James Carlberg in the Outreach Team.

Chris Whitfield, Head of Psychology at Beaconsfield High School, said about the event: "I think Psych4Schools has great potential. The timing (in February) is appropriate for year 12 students who need to start thinking about 'which university and which subject?' type questions. It was also good to visit a central London university, which is easy to access and gives potential students a sense of excitement at studying a great subject like Psychology in such a diverse and vibrant location."

Professor Damien Ridge, Head of the Department of Psychology said: “I think Psych4Schools gives students a taste of what university is like for Psychology students, showcasing our enthusiastic teachers, and their ability to really engage students and get across new, sometimes complicated ideas. I learnt on the day that our staff also have very interesting life experiences beyond psychology, which students clearly relate to.”

Find out more about the Psychology courses at the University of Westminster.


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