The Higher Education Psychology Network existed from 2004 to 2011 to promote excellence in the learning, teaching and assessment of Psychology in UK HE
The Psychology Network supported psychology technicians and experimental officers
Technicians and demonstrators are crucial to successful psychology teaching and learning. The Psychology Network supported this work in several ways, including:
Each year the Psychology Network, in association with The Association of Technical Staff in Psychology (ATSiP), ran an award to recognise the excellent work done by psychology technicians and demonstrators to support psychology teaching and learning.
We are very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2011 Technician Award is Robert Bendall, resident psychology technician, at the University of Salford.
Robert is responsible for the smooth runing of all the psychology laboratory facilities; the purchasing of new equipment and has recently updated and installed some new laboratory apparatus. This has involved getting new equipment up and running for both students and staff with minimal disruption.
Robert has also been directly involved in research projects conducted at Salford, some of which involve experiments using innovative methodologies which have been applied in a field setting. Robert has been involved in teaching on biological psychology to first year students, cognitive psychology, and forensic psychology modules. He has also been involved in the examination of assessed coursework. In cognitive psychology Robert is involved with helping and guiding the students with their projects assisting with experimental design, helping with statistics and report writing skills. Robert also contributes to marking of assignments. Lastly, Robert has recently given a guest lecture on the forensic psychology module which focussed around one of Robert's research interests, lie detection.
Catherine Thompson, Psychology Lecturer at the University of Salford added, "It is rare that a psychology technician is so highly qualified in the subject area, in addition to having the skills necessary for the role; yet Robert consistently strives to continue his studies in psychology, making him an excellent role model for the students. Robert understands the more theoretical perspectives of the research conducted and he is able to identify novel approaches for many diffferent research topics. His skills therefore expand the overall expertise of the team."
Robert receives £150 and will be presented with his award at the ATSiP Annual Conference at Oxford Brookes University (6-8th July, 2011)
Congratulations to Robert on his award, and thank you to everyone who was involved with this year's award.
We also have a website dedicated to psychology practicals that provides access to materials and resources to support student practical work and the teaching of research methods within psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
|One of 24 discipline-based centres within the Higher Education Academy, the Psychology Network supported the teaching and learning of psychology across the UK between 2004 and 2011. A core team, based at the University of York, worked with students, staff, departments, professional bodies and overseas organisations to develop supportive networks and to improve the learning experience of psychology students in Higher Education.|
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