Why Psychology at Warwick?
Continuing from my last post, I’m going to detail 5 (plus a bonous) reasons as why you should consider studying Psychology at Warwick. Let’s jump straight to it!
- STRONG STUDENT VOICE (FEEDBACK)
If there’s one thing that you will learn about Warwick students, it’s that they will fight to get their voice heard. However, there’s no need for petitions and strikes in the Department of Psychology!
The staff genuinely value what students have to say and will use feedback to follow up on current issues and make improvements to the course, individual lectures, and departmental activities and support. Whilst I always knew that our voices mattered, being part of the SSLC (Student Staff Liaison Committee) this year has really shown me just how much our comments are taken into account, so I would highly encourage you to utilise these resources. We are kept updated with what feedback has been given and the action points that have or will take place as a result. Current students can give feedback anonymously through feedback forms passed out in lectures, their reps, and year co-ordinator or our DESP and view meeting minutes and actions that have taken place on the ‘Have your say – SSLC’ Moodle tab under the general Undergraduate Guide, on the weekly DSEP newsletter, and on the SSLC board opposite the common room.
- PASTORAL SUPPORT
You will often get told that when you go to university, your lecturers won’t care about you. Please don’t listen to that. One thing that I am extremely grateful for is the emphasis that the staff in the department place on wellbeing. It’s not just brought up once and never mentioned again. We are continuously reminded throughout the year that we can speak to our personal tutors, lecturers, or one the three mental health aiders within the department if we feel that it would be helpful. It’s great for those of us who need a reminder or a bit of a push every now and then. You don’t get that everywhere and it makes such a big difference to your experience. Confidentiality is something that actually exist at uni, so you don’t have to worry about everyone knowing what you have disclosed to someone.
- ACADEMIC and CAREERS SUPPORT
The department provides us with many opportunities and resources to aid in our professionaal development:
- Careers Consultant (Siobhan) – You can book meetings with Siobhan to discuss all things careers-related. She can help direct you to any resources and information that may be helpful.
- Placement Advisor – We have a new Placement Officer who has just joined the department (welcome Gitit!) so if you need any help with work placement/ experience-related stuff, Gitit is the person to speak to!
- Psychology Careers Facebook page – Joining this page keeps you updated with any graduate opportunities, opportunities on campus and in the department, as well as helpful resources.
- The Psychology Research Skills Development Scheme (PRSDS) gives you an opportunity to get directly involved with the research conducted by your lecturers and PhD students by assisting them with conducting experiments and handling data.
- Guest Seminars – These took place every Thursday evening. Internal and external speakers come in to discuss a whole range of topics related to Psychology. They are really informative and though-provoking!
- Careers Conference – This takes place annually and is arranged by our DSEP (Jag). People working in academia, HR, clinical psych, education, forensics and many more industries come in to deliver sessions on the work they do and what you need to do if you would like to go into a career similar to theirs.
- DSEP Newsletters – They will contain all the information and updates that you need about the above and much more!
- PsychSoc is the Psychology Society at Warwick. They run loads of events throughout the year to help you will your studies and getting to know your peers.
Some of these might be different in the upcoming year, but the support will still be there for you to access!
- BPS ACCREDIATION (COURSE CONTENT)
All the course run by the department are BPS accredited, which means that you will learn about such a diverse range of topics. Even within modules, there’s huge variety. For example, in Language and Cognition (a 2 Year module) we covered: how language affects thought, non-verbal communication, animal communication, language acquisition, word recognition, and properties of verbal communication.
Of course, you’re not going to love everything you study, but having to take these modules are core requirements allows you to explore areas of psychology you wouldn’t have otherwise considered before. I’ve ended up loving a lot of the content which I wasn’t keen on before. It keeps your mind open, so by the time you get to 3 Yr and have full control, you are spoiled for choice!
If you’re interested in digging more into the details within the content, I’ve got a few posts which I will link going through some of the concepts and theories I have covered in the areas of Psychobiology, Social Psych, and Language Development.
Please also see the module catalogue and course webpage (linked at the end of this post) which will provide you with brief overviews (note that module codes beginning with PS9__ are only relevant for postgraduate study).
- ASSIGNMENTS and ASSESSMENTS
Probably not something you want to think about! However, I am so happy that I’m not constantly writing essays, which is something that has been praised by external markers from other universities. Besides essays and answering short-answer questions, some of the other forms of assessments I have completed are:
- Conducting and writing research reports
- Participating in research (a compulsory part of Yr 1)
- SPSS and statistic assignments
- On-line tests/ MCQs
- Critical reviews
- A few presentations here and there
- A couple of modules even have assignments which require you to write/film a blog/vlog!
This allows you to engage in course material in various ways, and the chance to showcase your strengths beyond the usual essays.
A final bonous point….
- The ACADEMICS and STAFF
I’ve basically covered this point in all the above points. I don’t know about you, but I was conditioned to think that academics were really intelligent and scarily intimidating people. Intelligent, yes. Scary, no. Many of the staff in the department who I have been in contact with are some of the most approachable people I have ever met. They are constantly encouraging us to visit their offices or to pop them an email if we would like to know more about their research or need help with understanding the content. They are also incredibly enthusiastic about what they do, and it shows when they teach and in conversations that you have with them. The PhD students are super firendly to and provide some useful student tips and advice when we’re tuaght by them.
If I can strive to have as much enthusiasm and dedication in my future career (whatever that may be) as they do, I’ll call that massive success.
If you would like to know more please visit the course webpage (check out the 3 research group pages to give you an iverall on specifics that you may cover), or email the department (firstname.lastname@example.org), and keep an eye out on the upcoming virtual open day where you can learn more about the department, get to know some of the key staff, and ask students questions about their experiences.
As always, if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to come and say hello to one of us😊.
Some infromation on the course structure:
More information on the support that the department can offer you: