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York Psychology Sixth Form Conference

Thursday 25 June 2020, 10am to 3.30pm - CANCELLED
Department of Psychology, University of York

It is with sadness that the organising team have decided to cancel this year's Sixth Form Conference event.  We are very disappointed to not be able to run the event this year, as it is one the Psychology Department looks forward to and greatly enjoys.

However, due to the current, unprecedented measures the UK is taking to manage the COVID-19 outbreak, we felt it would be best for all involved to cancel the Sixth Form Conference.   This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our participants and event volunteers, and due to the uncertainty surrounding social distancing measures that may or may not be in place by June and in the lead up to the event to allow for preparations by volunteers.    

We apologise for any disappointment this may have caused, but hope you can understand why we have had to make this difficult decision.  

Best Wishes,

The Sixth Form Conference Organising Team.


Year 12 science students are invited to join us for an exciting look at the mind, brain, and behaviour.  This one-day event brings the science to life with hands-on experiments and a chance to meet the researchers.  The programme will include:

  • Mini ‘taster’ lectures on current research
  • Hands-on practicals and demonstrations
  • Speaking with current students about their experiences as undergraduates
  • The chance to showcase your work*

Places are free of charge, but booking is required. Students are welcome to attend individually or as part of a school booking, but we will initially restrict places to 30 per school (additional requests will be added to a reserve list and notified at a later date).  You don't need to be studying A Level Psychology to attend – we welcome students with any science or maths background, let us show you what the science of the mind is really about!

If you have any further queries about the day, please email Laura Vinton at  

Please note that this conference is not an open day, but an insight into what it is like to study and research psychology at a higher level. Find out more about studying at York.  You might also consider coming to our Open Day event

An agenda for the day will be uploaded to this page soon.

Conduct real research and showcase it at the department!

Each school is invited to conduct a research project and to showcase the project in a poster presentation at the Sixth Form Conference. Ideally, these projects should be conducted in groups with students leading the project from beginning to end.  We suggest that each group is made up of no more than 6 students.  Each school will be assigned a helper from our department who will offer support throughout the project (from designing the method to constructing the poster).  We have compiled here a list of potential project topics for your information

We believe this opportunity will give students a real insight into running research and will also increase their interest in Psychology.

If you have any questions or you’d like to register to take part in these projects, please email  Each school can enter a maximum of three projects for this event.

The deadline for registering your school/college for these projects is Friday 30 April 2020.