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DE100 Consolidation Weekend

4th-6th March 2016, Warwick University. Ensuite rooms only.
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

This weekend will be useful to all DE100 students who are starting the module this October or in February 2017 

This residential weekend at Warwick University is an excellent way to increase your understanding of your course, learn more about how to study psychology and also meet other students! The weekend is packed with lectures from experienced tutors  and you will leave with an overview of the content of the course as well as improved study skills and an understanding of the methodological issues that psychologists are presented with when doing research. Mastering an understanding of the methods used in psychology and developing your study skills at this stage will provide you with a firm foundation for your studies for the whole of your psychology degree.

Many students find that these weekends inspire their studies, offering a different channel to distance learning by providing lectures and social opportunities that are a highlight of traditional “brick” universities. Students always comment on how friendly and supportive the atmosphere is at our weekends so there is no need to feel nervous about coming on your own.

What does the weekend offer?

The weekend programme of eight talks runs from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm and evening lecture at 8pm) until Sunday tea time (last lecture finishes at 3.30pm). As well as covering course related topics and study skills, the sessions also allow students the opportunity of acquiring a better understanding and overview of the course as a whole and the option to discuss issues with the tutors. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course. No matter where you are at with the course material or your level of study, the weekend will provide an excellent opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills.

The lectures will be centred around the various topics in the course and a development of study skills and understanding of methods will be integral to these sessions.

More details on topics will be available soon.

What to expect

The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will be provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes on arrival. You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room complete with bedding and towels. There is a hairdryer, coffee making facilities and desk.  The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complementary access to the  gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so. There are welcome drinks and also a psychology book stall, and these are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone. Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!


These are some of the comments that students have made about the weekend in the past:

‘The weekend is really excellent in every way – perfectly organised and the tutors excellent’

‘Really enjoyable. I found the weekend really stimulating and thought provoking. Will definitely be coming back to another one’

'With both tutors I felt able to question and query anything – they were both approachable'

I enjoyed them very much, they were very imaginative and I felt like I learned a lot and they presented very well

'I've enjoyed myself tremendously. It was informative and has consolidated the material in the text book and left me with a greater enthusiasm than I had before, which was probably high to begin with.'

'Very stimulating! Full of insight and camaraderie. I think it will be very helpful to complete the module'

'There was a variety of lectures.. Everybody was very friendly - tutors and students alike.'


The tutors on the weekend are both highly experienced and are selected for their unique areas of expertise and different teaching styles.  One thing they have in common is their ability to explain things simply and clearly.

  • Professor Frederick Toates is Professor of Biological Psychology at the Open University, where he has over 35 years experience of teaching and tutoring. An author on DE100 as well as many OU other courses, including SDK125, DSE212 and SD228, his book  Biological Psychology (3rd edition, Pearson Education, Harlow) forms a popular and recommended text in a number of universities throughout the world. He has also had a book on B.F. Skinner published.  Fred has taught undergraduate classes not only in the UK but also in Moldova, Romania, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Many of you will know Professor Toates from his involvement in the student forums, where he often provides very helpful and timely explanations in response to students' queries.
  • Neil Sheasby originally started teaching with a Chemistry degree and he taught 'A' level Chemistry for ten years and also completed an MEd during this time. The focus of the MEd dissertation was student motivation, which sparked a fascination with Psychology. After completing a Psychology degree he started tutoring on ED209 with the OU, which he then tutored for 15 years. He currently tutors DE100 and hopes to be teaching on some of the other new psychology modules next year. Neil has also taught 'A' level Psychology for ten years and is part of the Teach First PGCE course with Birmingham City University and marks for the associated Masters programme..

Subsidised places

A number of subsidised places are available for this event. To apply for one of these please click here


The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre at the University of Warwick.  Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking. For more details go to http://www.warwickconferences.com/our-venues/radcliffe

Travel and directions

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