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E219 Consolidation Weekend

27th -29th January 2017, Warwick University.
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

E219 is a fascinating course but contains a vast amount of information and sometimes it can feel that you are getting a little overwhelmed by all the material and are unable to do it justice. The key to getting to grips with the course is to be able to draw all the elements together and identify links so that the course makes sense as a whole. In the past many other OU courses included summer residential schools at the halfway point and these helped enormously to bring together all the information and thus enhance understanding. However, this is not offered on E219!

The OUPS Consolidation and Inspiration Weekend aims to fill this gap by offering you a residential weekend where you can focus totally on E219. It draws together material from across the course to take an in-depth look at some of the key topics within the course, providing an overview of the course, exploring difficult concepts and examining key themes and links. Thus it will help you understand how the course all fits together. It will provide you with the understanding and knowledge of the course that is necessary to help you move forward at this midway stage. By integrating the different elements and methods this weekend builds a more coherent foundation for writing high quality TMAs and EMA.

Sessions will include:

  • Key developmental convepts and key changes at each age across the five themes
  • Development of Attachment from early childhood to adolescence
  • Development of Representation from early childhood to adolesence
  • Development of Identity from early childhood to adolescence
  • Develpment of Emotion from early childhood to adolescence
  • Development of Communcation in the electronic age
  • Key skills underpinning top class assignments
  • Producing a high quality EMA
  • Plus an evening talk by Paul Ibbotson, E219 Module Chair, on 'The social and cognitive foundations of language acquisition'

It is so important to get to grips with the course material early in the course to help you with your TMAs and give you a good foundation for when you start your EMA, when your increased understanding will make it so much easier. At approximately the halfway point of your course it is the ideal time to start looking at links and themes and think about how the whole course fits together. Many students have said that this weekend helps them suddenly understand what the course is all about as it all clicks into place.

What does the weekend offer?

A series of discussions, seminars and lectures provides a broad look at the topics covered on the course including conceptual overviews, identifying major themes and links and generally pulling the course together and bringing it to life. It offers a full programme of eight talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm and evening lecture at 8pm) until Sunday tea time (last lecture finishes at 3.00pm). 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 discussing any difficulties with the tutors. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course.

The weekend represents excellent value for money. The accommodation is in management conference facilities with ensuite bedrooms.  The cost for the whole weekend 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, eight lectures and a welcome drink on Friday night. Member discounts apply and non-residential places are available for a reduced price with all meals still included.

Extensive handouts will be given on each of the E219 lectures. These handouts are only available to those attending the weekend.


The final programme for this event is available here: Timetable E219 January 2017.pdf

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!


Tutors for the weekend are Brenda Todd and Alan Pechey. Both are experienced and popular tutors who are very approachable: 

  • Dr Alan Pechey has been teaching OU psychology courses for over 20 years. He is currently a tutor for both E219 and DE200; but has tutored for many years on OU child development and cognitive psychology courses and is a popular tutor at residential Schools and OUPS Weekends. He has assisted in some course writing and has been an  OU exam marker. He has an MA (in cognitive development) and a PhD (looking at human memory) from Cambridge University. Aside from his OU teaching, he worked for many years as a consultant in Organisational Psychology; advising organisations (e.g. Barclaycard, Scotland Yard, local government) on how to adapt to new technology; how to change work practices and how to present information more effectively. Alan is a very engaging speaker, with a passion for psychology and students find his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm highly motivating. 
  • Dr Brenda Todd has been teaching at OUPS events for many years and has been with the OU since 2000. She has most recently taught on the Master's module, ED841 - Understanding Children's Development and on D241 – Fear and Sadness. Brenda has taught and  marked exams for ED209, the previous Child development module, and worked as a tutor and learning advisor at OU Residential Schools. Brenda is a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS and a Senior Lecturer at City University London, specialising in researching and teaching Developmental Psychology. She has published papers on developmental topics and has a particular interest in parent-infant communication, the left-cradling bias and gender differences in children's play. Her published work has been featured in the national and international press and on television and  radio. She also works as an independent developmental consultant.  Brenda has a particular interest in study skills, especially in communicating effectively in writing.


These are some of the comments made by previous students attending the event"

"All the topics were really excellent and lovely, sensitive, fun tutors."

"Some really meaty topics were chunked down into manageable sizes."

"Really liked the fact that talks went beyond the course material to give us a broader overview."

"All of the talks based on core topics of the books were excellent."

"Lovely weekend - so very useful and the learning zips together in such an easy way."

"A fantastic weekend. Thank you so much for the time and energy invested in these weekends. It is such a highlight of the academic year. I'm so glad I have invested in this weekend. I suspect it will help me achieve a higher grade." 

''Excellent. Was feeling overwhelmed with the course materials and the weekend has helped to clarify a number of issues. An absolute must !!"


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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