Welcome to Psychology!☺️
**Please note that this information was written for the incoming 2020 cohort so some of the information may not be applicable (e.g.: Changes to staff list or dates of events). For the most up-to-date information check the deprtment website and welcome page**
Hello and a very warm welcome to Warwick and the Department of Psychology!
It’s so exciting that you’ll be joining us and I hope that you’re excited to start as well!
I know that you’re probably drowning in a lot of fun admin work, but with the academic year looming by, I thought that it would be helpful to gather and point you towards some of the Psychology-specific resources that are available for you. You have probably been given a lot of this info already!
So, let’s get straight into it!
🧍 KEY MEMBERS of STAFF
You can find a full list of staff in the department here, but here’s a quick intro to some of the key members of staff who you may run into often:
- Emily Biggs is our Academics Programmes Manager. Emily oversees admin and processes extension and mitigating circumstances requests. you can find her office next to the Psychology Office.
- Liz Farmer and Jody Roche work in the Psychology Office (H1.41 – opposite the common room). If you need any help with module (de-)registration, monitoring points, or other admin-y stuff that you may complete (e.g.: for research projects), Liz and Jody are here to help!
- Nicola Grant is the Postgrad Secretary but you may have met her during one of the open or offer holder days (you will probably see Nicky more often if you become an ambassador for Psychology).
- Linda Wilson is our IT manager. If you have any problems with accessing material on the department’s website or modules not showing up on Moodle, you can contact Linda and she’ll help you get it sorted!
- Sam Johnson is the Academic Support Librarian for Psychology should you need any help with finding the right material for your studies.
- Prof. Derrick Watson is the Head of Department.
- Dr. Fiona MacCallum is the Deputy Head of Department.
- Dr. Adrian von Mühlenen is the Director of Undergrad Studies. You can speak to Adrian if you’re unsatisfied with the course (hopefully that won’t be the case!).
- Dr. Jag Jutley-Nielson is our Director of Student Experience and Progression (DSEP) and SSLC convener. You can speak to Jag if you have any course-related concerns or feedback or just need help with general signposting.
- Dr. Hester Duffy is the Senior Tutor in Psychology. You can speak to her about any personal difficulties or mitigating circumstances if you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your tutor. If you wish to switch tutors for any valid reason, speak to Hester as well.
- Dr. Kate Messenger is the Programme Director for Psychology with Linguistics and Head of the dept’s Ethics Committee.
- Dr. Michelle McGillion is the Programme Director for Psychology with Education Studies .
- Dr. Liz Blagrove and Dr. Gemma Gray are your points of contact if you are on a degree where Psychology is not your home department (Philosophy/ GSD & Psych). Liz is also our Director of Teaching & Learning.
- Siobhan Qudiar is our Career’s Consultant. You can arrange a meeting with Siobhan on MyAdvanatge or email her directly if you would like an appointment to discuss anything career’s related!
- Dr. Gitit Kadar-Satat is our Placement Officer. Gitit can advise you if you need help with finding a placement/ work experience opportunities.
- Dr. Olga Fehér coordinates Study Abroad in the dept, so if you’re interested in taking one, Olga is the person to speak to!
- Your Personal Tutor (can be viewed on Tabula soon) is someone who is your main point of contact. You can talk to your personal tutor about anything, whether that’s about academic advice or if you just need a little chat with someone. They will also be the person to ask if you need a reference as well.
- Your Year Coordinator is also someone that you can raise any feedback to.
- We have 3 mental health first aiders in the department to, should you need to speak to them. They are: Jag, Liz Farmer, and Nicola.
🗣️ SPEAKING to YOUR TUTOR/ MEMBERS of STAFF
The staff in the department are really friendly and do look out for us, so please don’t be afraid to ask your lecturers any questions if your confused with any of the material. They will be happy to help you where they can! You can pop them an email or visit them during their office hours.
The same goes for if you need any support or advice (even if it’s struggling with integrating yourself into university life). I’m always asking my personal tutor very random questions, including random adulting advice, and even dealing with mice! It doesn’t have to be your personal tutor if there’s another member of staff who you would rather speak to.
Lastly, be sure to check out the staff profiles as they are very happy to have a chat with you if you are interested in their area of expertise!
📂 MOODLE & the UNDERGRAD GUIDE
Moodle does take a fair amount of time to get used to. It’s pretty much a maze of folders… and more folders! Whenever you have some free time and you’re bored, I would suggest just clicking through the folders and material within each module so that you familiarise yourself with where everything is. This will also save you the pain of coming across some super helpful resources a little too late!
Your Undergraduate Guide will contain all the information you could possibly know about your degree, the department and wider university resources. It should look something like this:
It contains material from the university’s marking criteria, list of office hours, course specifications and handbooks, important forms, regulations, and procedures, to responses from feedback that you provide, and careers, study, and research experience-related stuff! It’s all in there!
📧 DESP NEWSLETTER
Jag sends out frequent newsletters and they contain all the updates happening in the department, from events, feedback, and opportunities that you can get involved in. It saves the department sending out too many emails at once and it’s very efficient. Jag spends time collecting all of the info for us all so please, please read them so that you don’t miss out on anything that may be of interest to you!
🚦 FEEDBACK & SSLC
Feedback forms (all anonymous!) are used by all members of staff. They are really helpful in informing any changes that need to be made, so make use of them and be honest!
As well as members of staff, you will have student reps who you can pass your feedback onto, you can raise any concerns with your reps at any time. If you’re a PsychEd student, I like to use anonymous forms as they have worked really well in the last year, so keep an eye out for those!
We are so lucky to have such a strong student voice in the department. Any concerns or feedback (positive or negative) that are raised are taken into account and discussed in bi-termly SSLC (Student-Staff Liaison Committee) meetings. You will be given an overview of feedback from each module and receive feedback on the points that you raise and any changes that may be made as a result.
You can find a list of your reps and meeting notes in the undergraduate guide and on the SSLC notice board (opposite the Common Room). Maybe consider if you would like to become a rep for your year. This will be especially helpful if you are on a joint course and receive communications from more than one dept!
💻 CAREERS & WORK EXPERIENCE
Again, loads of info can be found in Moodle on the Undergraduate Guide page. Other resources:
- Join the Psychology Careers Facebook Page for updates on loads of different opportunities.
- Check out MyAdvantage for vacancies to. Can be tricky to figure out at first but play around and you’ll get the hang of it soon!
- Warwick Volunteers is a personal favourite of mine. They have opportunities from befriending and buddying, and tutoring, to creative arts, baking, and even animals and agriculture. Of course, things are looking different this year but make sure you attend the volunteers fair for more info.
- Interested in research? Besides the research projects that you’ll be completing, the department also has the Psychology Research Skills Development Scheme if you are interested in helping out with some of the research conducted by academics and PhD students. There’s also the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (deadline in January) and IATL (apply any time) bursaries if you would like to conduct you own research project.
- We also have guest speakers come in every Thursday evening to talk through what they do in their jobs or to inform us about some of their research. I’m not sure if these will be continuing in some other format this year, but definitely keep an eye out for them in the future if not as they are so informative and intriguing!
Remember that we also have Gitit and Siobhan and any of the academics, who you can speak to as well!
🧠 PSYCH SOC
Asifa Rapaiee, PsychSoc’s Secretary, has kindly put together a little paragraph about what PsychSoc is about. They organise and liaise with the dept. to organise loads of fun events for you! Here it it:
‘PsychSoc is an active, academic society for anyone and everyone– as long as you’re interested! Our society regularly organises multiple events throughout the year, including socials, conferences, meet-ups and most excitingly, our an annual PsychBall! Join us for our 2020 planned events such as our online Kahoot! Quizzes and movie nights!‘
They have planned a Fesher’s quiz (17th Sept) and Netflix Movie Night (24th Sept) – Check the PsychSoc’s SU page, Facebook, and Instagram pages for more detail on these, see who the Exec team are, and to keep up-to-date with what they have planned!
All modules in 1 and 2 year are core as they are required as part of the BPS accreditation. However, you get the option to choose one optional module (unless you’re on one of the joint courses)! In your 1 year, this can either be ‘Psychology in the Real World’ or you have the opportunity to take a module form another department (including learning a language)! Check out the Module Catalogue to explore your options. You can filter by subject, year of study, and CAT points. If Psychology is your secondary department and you need to make a choice between Psychology modules, the module catalogue will be helpful here to. Find something you like? Contact the module leader to check availability or for more info. The full process of applying to take an outside option will be explained to you within your first few weeks.
It may also be a good idea to remind yourself of what you’re getting yourself into before your course fully starts as well!
📞 GET CHATTING to PEERS
Join the WhatsApp Group Chat(s) if you’re not on it already. It’s a really useful forum for you all to get to know each other and help each other out. See PsychSoc’s pages to get access to it. There’s a separate one for PsychEd students (you can get in touch with me for the link to this). I’m sure you all will, but please remember to be kind to each other! We all come from very different backgrounds, so just be cautious of that.
🤝 WOULD YOU LIKE A BUDDY/ MENTOR?
In conjunction with PsychSoc the dept. runs a peer mentoring scheme. If you decide that you would like to take part, you will be matched with a 2nd or 3rd yr student (based on the answers to the questions that you provide). You will usually meet with your mentor once or twice a term. They are able to speak to you about a range of topics, such as Psychology-specific advice, settling in, independent living, accommodation, and wider university resources.
If you are interest you can sign up using this form.
I hope that this was somewhat helpful. I hope you have a great (virtual) Welcome Week ahead and that you settle in okay. It took me into my 2nd Year to get used to student life, so don’t feel like you have to settle straight away!
Remember, if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask anyone. We’re all here to support you in any way that we can! 😊