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DE300 Consolidation Weekend

25th-27th January 2019, Warwick University.
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

While our September DE300 event introduces the core areas and methods and helps you select the method you will use for your DE300 project, this follow-up weekend focuses on how to do the project and write it up, along with consideration of the EMA requirements.

What does the weekend offer?

This weekend offers a full programme of talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture 8pm) until Sunday tea time (3.30pm). While we are still designing it, we expect that the focus of the weekend will be on how to carry out the project, how to analyse the data collected and how to write this up. We also expect that the sessions will also give advice on how to tackle the EMA, as well as providing a comprehensive set of handouts to support your own revision sessions. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course.

This is a highly-tailored event, with more sessions than we usually run as we understand that each project-type has its own particular needs. The initial sessions will be shared by all students and we will then split the group by project type so that you can get the information most relevant to you.

The provisional timetable is as follows:

Lecture Day/Time  Session name and details
Friday: 8:00 - 9:30pm Session 1. Introduction to the weekend's layout - workload - Literature Review to PPF
Saturday: 9:00 - 10:30am Session 2. EMA - Experimental Elements
Saturday: 11:00 - 12:45pm Session 3: EMA - Individual Differences Elements
Saturday: 2:00 - 3:30pm  Session 4. EMA - Qualitative Elements
Saturday: 4:00 - 5:30pm Session 5. Project Development to RQ; Hypothesis to Methods
Experimental Qualitative PCA/MR
Saturday: 6:00 - 7:00pm Evening Lecture - Rose Capdevila (The Open University)
Sunday: 9:00 - 10:30am Session 6. Methods and Data Collection
Experimental Qualitative PCA/MR
Sunday: 11:00 - 12:30pm Session 7. Results and Analysis
Experimental Qualitative PCA/MR
Sunday: 1:30 - 3:00pm Session 8. Discussion, write-up and Q&A session
Experimental Qualitative PCA/MR

The OUPS DE300 Consolidation Weekend offers you extensive coverage of everything you need to carry out and then write up your DE300 project. It will also review the DE300 EMA and discuss ways in which you can approach this piece of work, though we will not discuss answers to the actual EMA that is set.


Tutors on our weekends are all highly experienced and are chosen to give you the variety of specialised knowledge and advice needed to cover the different psychollogicall approaches used in DE300.

Our panel of tutors for this weekend is:

  • Dr Alison Davies has been involved with the OU since 1999, first as a psychology undergraduate student and then as a post-graduate student, completing her PhD at the OU in 2014. She regularly works as an academic consultant for the OU and has contributed materials for several current undergraduate and post-graduate modules. Alison co-authored one of the discourse chapters for the module DE300, which draws on some of the data from her thesis. She has been an Associate Lecturer with the OU for several years, currently teaches on DE300, DD317, DD310 and D240 and has also taught psychology modules at the University of West London and English for Academic Purposes to international students at the University of Hertfordshire. Alison is a qualified, practising therapist, with a background in psychodynamic and person-centred methods.
  • Andy McBurnie has tutored for the OU at all levels for many years. He has tutored DE300 from its start and has contributed to module slidecasts. Away from the OU, Andy is a Business Psychologist and uses survey methodology (as well as qualitative and experimental methods) in his work. As an OU graduate, he is acutely aware of student issues and puts himself in the shoes of the students when he is tutoring.
  • Dr Angie Johnson authored the 'Doing your experiment project' chapter of DE300 and has tutored Open University cognitive psychology for 13 years as an Associate Lecturer and residential school tutor. Angie has taught a variety of subjects in Psychology at Northumbria University but her main focus and interest is Research Methods. Her research experience is vast and has involved a diverse range of industrial based projects including the development of business and digital solutions for psychological problems at Northumbria University. Most recently Angie is a Usability Research consultant and works with designers to develop digitised programmes within the public sector. She is currently writing a book on the Psychological Principles of Design and also has many more ideas to put into print as she investigates online behaviour and fraud.

Printed material

Please note that this is a paperless event.

To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will make electronic copies of any relevant handouts available to all registered attendees, either in advance so that those who need printed versions have plenty of time to organise these, or shortly after the event if the tutor has decided that this is more appropriate for their lecture. These are for attendees' personal use and may not be shared.

We'd like to thank our tutors for working to ensure that their presentations do not contain material to which they do not have copyright and for making them available in this way. And in advance, we'd like to thank all of you who support us in actively contributing toward a paperless environment and saving a few trees along the way !



As this is our first time running this event we have no feedback from previous DE300 Consolidation weekends, but here are some of the things previous students have said about our previous DE300 Springboard Weekends.

All lecturers were clearly very knowledgeable of subject matter and were interested in engaging the students

I did not know what to expect but the weekend has given me a really good grounding to start DE300

Great introduction - comprehensive for a springboard weekend - perfect

An absolutely fantastic weekend

A great experience. Feel motivated and prepared for this year

Well-presented and tutors were friendly and available to answer queries

Very Useful. All tutors really know their stuff and are clearly very passionate about their specialities


The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.

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.


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What to expect

The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will have been provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes before you arrive.

You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room in management conference facilities complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complimentary access to the  gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so.

The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and assessments, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, and the same breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tea/coffee/snack breaks during the day are still included.

The welcome drinks and psychology book stall 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!

Travel and directions

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