Teaching Overview

Teaching at the School of Psychology is focused on providing excellent support of student learning, and motivating students to actively engage with their learning, in order to ultimately promote student success. Student success includes both an in-depth knowledge of Psychology, and also the development of key skills that are crucial to academic development and are transferable to the workplace. In order to facilitate this, the teaching and student support mechanisms that are offered are constantly being developed, improved and augmented, in relation to published literature on teaching and support of learning, and with the help of external funding where appropriate.

The department is committed to offering teaching and student support that is of the highest quality, and this has been recognised both by students and by accrediting organisations - in the most recent National Student Survey (2008) the department was ranked 4th of all UK Psychology Departments and the highest in Scotland; and the department achieved the overall rating of "excellent" (the highest rating) in the last TQA.

Some recent developments in teaching and student support include the following:

  • Peer feedback (reciprocal peer critiquing) (Levels 3 and 4)
  • Statistical Understanding Made Simple (SUMS) (Levels 1 and 2)
  • Applying the principles of perception to everyday experiences: A night out on the town (Level 2)
  • Development of the beSoTLed resource to support academics in their application of scholarly methods to their teaching practice and support of learning
  • PAL - Peer Assisted Learning
  • Engagement of students in learning and teaching initiatives