BPS team commends undergraduate courses at York

Posted on 7 December 2016

BPS accreditation renewed with warm commendations for BSc and MPsych programmes

Our undergraduate courses, BSc and MPsych, have been re-accredited by the British Psychological Society. The Department has been commended for its strong community atmosphere and nurturing learning environment.

In their report (which you can read in full here 2016 June York undergraduate (PDF , 219kb) the accreditation team write:

“1. This is a large and vibrant Department that has succeeded in creating a strong community atmosphere and a nurturing learning environment. Students feel that they are part of a rich academic and scientific community, and strongly value the approachability and accessibility of the academic and professional support services staff teams.

2. Students benefit from excellent, research-led teaching that is coherently organized around topic strands, and which draws upon the research activity and subject expertise across the Department. Students particularly value the choice of advanced modules available to them later in the programme.

3. Effective programme delivery and staff research and development are underpinned by the provision of excellent resources and research facilities. The York Neuroimaging Centre is a particular feature of which the University is rightly proud. Undergraduate students have excellent access to these facilities in partnership with staff, and this clearly enriches their learning experience.

4. Students are highly motivated to make the most of the opportunities that are available to them to engage in authentic research, and to develop their skills profiles by undertaking research internships and other voluntary work.

5. Employability is well embedded in the provision, and students clearly recognize and are able to articulate the range of skills they are acquiring as they progress through their studies. Students have engaged well with developing their Personal Employability Plans, and welcome the balance of individual and peer support that feeds into this. Good support has also been put in place for staff to ensure a consistent approach to supervision and personal development planning.

6. The Department receives excellent support from the Faculty and the University. This support, and strong, open lines of communication, facilitate the effective delivery and development of this high quality provision.”