160 sixth-formers from schools across the West Midlands attended an event organised by Ashleigh Lin, Katharine Chisholm, and Renate Reniers, who run the Secondary Schools Research Group in the School of Psychology. Schools that have recently contributed to research conducted by the group were invited to bring Year 12 students who are considering applying to study psychology at university.
This was an opportunity to find out more about studying psychology at university, as well as different psychology career paths. Students received short talks on clinical, forensic, educational, organisational and neuropsychology, as well as an introduction to different areas of research conducted by the School and an insight into university life from some current and past undergraduate students. Feedback from psychology teachers who attended the event with their students has been very positive.
"I wanted to let you know that it was a huge success for our students. For some it was a ‘light-bulb’ event in that they were able to really find out about the different areas of study and engage with the different experts in each field. They came back to school enthused and full of praise for the department at Birmingham."
"Many thanks for the wonderful afternoon you put on for secondary school students interested in studying Psychology at University. It was a very informative afternoon, well planned and delivered."
"Thank you so much for a really enjoyable and informative afternoon session. The students found it extremely useful. I look forward to working with you and the Faculty again."
"Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all those involved in the psychology event, both me and the pupils really enjoyed it and got a lot from it. The organisation, the talks and the tour were great. I know from a teacher’s point of view that I would definitely bring pupils next year to the event as I thought it gave them a real insight into taking a psychology degree further and how to get there."