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insight4me Psychology: Psychopathology – Curriculum Insights with The University of Sheffield, UEA, and Goldsmiths, University of London

13th February 2019 @ 14:00 - 15:00

Thank you to everyone for booking your places. This session is now fully booked.





insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for current Year 12/Year 13 students. The sessions support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording students the opportunity to talk to different universities and make informed comparisons about how Psychology is taught.

In this insight4me Psychology webinar for schools and colleges, three universities including UEA, The University of Sheffield, and Goldsmiths, University of London, will have roughly 20 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Psychopathology, the universities have the freedom to choose their own topic, a topic that links to the A Level curriculum, and use the time to convey the key points of the discussion/debate for the Year 12/Year 13 students. Through the discussion, the universities are encouraged to provide an insight into the teaching and learning experience of this topic at university, and compare and contrast how other subject areas across the Psychology spectrum might be treated. Students will gain an insight into how these subjects continue beyond the A-level curriculum.

By hearing from 3 unis, students will also appreciate how the further study of Psychology can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

Details of the universities and the topics are below:

  • The University of Sheffield’s Professor Matt Field will discuss how psychologists evaluate the effectiveness of treatments such as cognitive behaviour therapy, psychoanalysis, and medication, for disorders such as anxiety, depression and addictions. Matt’s research looks at the psychological mechanisms related to alcohol problems and other addictions, with a particular focus on the role that decision making and impulse control plays in addiction, recovery and behaviour change.
  • Goldsmiths, University of London: Tali Lernau will present ‘Psychopathology: Psychosocial Views and Critique’ – Psychopathology is the scientific study of mental illnesses. In this talk we will explore the term as it is perceived in the UK today and critique it from social, political, cultural and conceptual perspectives.
  • University of East Anglia: Charles Seger will pose the question ‘Are Serial Killers Born or Made?’
Students will have the chance to question each speaker and/or offer their own ideas.

This will be a dynamic, fast paced event with the universities cycling between 3 different virtual rooms. The universities will decide how to manage the time but a rough guide would be a 10-12 minute talk followed by questions from the schools.


Suitable for: Year 12 and 13 students studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Psychology.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 3 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Psychology at university level.

The IT Setup: The setup is similar to Skype, using a pc and webcam, although students take part as a group with the image projected on a whiteboard rather than as individuals in front of lots of pcs. Dedicated videoconferencing equipment is also compatible if available to the school. We will work with your IT department to ensure everything is set up and working prior to the event. The sessions are generally limited to 3 to 5 schools to maintain the interactive nature of the experience. In this event there will be three groups of schools taking part increasing the opportunity to participate.

Booking a Place: If you have a group of students that you would like to take part in this event, please contact us via email or via the contact form at the top right of this webpage (or at the bottom if you are using a mobile device). Subject to availability we will book a place for you. This is free for schools and colleges.


13th February 2019
14:00 - 15:00
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