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Thinking of Postgrad? OUPS Weekend

2nd-4th September 2016, Warwick University
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

Are you thinking about pursuing a career in psychology? Do you find the options confusing, or perhaps feel uncertain about what direction you would like to take? Would you like to have a whole weekend devoted to all things postgraduate?

In response to feedback from our members, OUPS is delighted to be able to offer a new weekend! ‘Thinking of Postgrad?’ is a weekend which aims to demystify a range of careers plus provide you with a ‘taster’  of one of two of the many skills and activities that you might come across if you decided to go down a particular psychology path – but without any of the pressure!

It is hoped by the end of the weekend you will come away having decided what is not for you as much as gaining an appreciation of what is - and how to go about getting where you want to be. You will receive clear, unbiased advice from psychologists with a range of experience and expertise who will be on hand to advise and inspire you. 

This weekend offers a full programme of nine sessions, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture 8pm) until Sunday tea time (3.30pm). 

Tutors and Sessions

  • Dr Alex Sandham is a psychologist working in the Ministry of Defence – an area which doesn’t immediately spring to mind when considering a career in psychology. Therefore, her talk should start the weekend off with a different perspective covering real world application to problems within the MOD and wider government. Her work touches on elements of forensic, counselling and clinical psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, neuro and cyber psychology...

    The rest of the weekend will be more focused on specific areas, and these sessions will involve a careers component and well as a taster component, bearing in mind the advice and activities included in the different sessions could potentially cross over into other areas of psychology. For example, the Academia session will include routes into academia, designing a poster for presentations, experimental design, careers in research, getting your personal statement right and much more.
  • Dr Graham Edgar has been a tutor with the OU for many years and is a regular contributor to OUPS weekends. He was an author of the Perception & Attention chapter in DSE212. He is also Reader in Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire where he works in the general area of cognitive psychology and applied neuroscience. He has particular interests in the areas of perception and situation awareness (SA). Current research includes studies of driver behaviour, and collaboration with international fire services to improve decision making on the fire ground.  He has developed techniques for measuring SA, including measuring brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). Graham will be taking three sessions covering Neuroscience, Academia and Human Factors.
  • Professor Neil Frude has been tutoring at OUPS events for many years. He is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the NHS, Research Director of the South Wales Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has published a number of books on topics as diverse as family relations, violence and clinical psychology and devised the first “book prescription scheme” for delivering self-help therapy for anxiety, depression and other problems. Such schemes now operate nationally across England, Wales and several other countries. These days, Neil’s major preoccupation is Positive Psychology (as he put it: “These days, I’m up to my eyes in Happiness”). Students really appreciate the way in which Neil uses his enthusiastic teaching style and his clinical experience to bring psychological issues to life. Neil will be covering Clinical Psychology and Counselling in one session.
  • Dr Sarah Godwin is an Educational Psychologist employed by the local authority. Although her first degree was psychology, she is a person who changed her career - like so many of our OU undergraduates aim to do. She knows exactly what that means and what it takes. Sarah has taught in schools and runs training sessions for school staff as part of her role. Her session would be particularly relevant for those considering a career as an Educational Psychologist or for any who just want to find out a bit more about what the job involves.
  • Jim Handley CPsychol. is an Occupational Psychologist and a long standing OUPS tutor. He’s worked with government departments, major multinational companies and charities as well as with small teams and individuals. Currently he has two major interests. One is working with organisations to use psychological principles of behaviour change to help them reduce their energy costs and carbon footprint. The other is to do with improving people’s psychological well-being and resilience. Jim will take two sessions – one on occupational psychology and another on applied psychology involving designing and implementing psychological interventions with lots of real world examples of putting psychology to good use in various environments.

Included in the weekend will be a ‘Panel Session’ where our tutors and current PhD students will be available to answer your questions. Please note – we are unable to cover all careers in depth – we do not have a separate focused forensic session at this time – but if you would like more information on the above areas plus a fun and inspirational weekend we hope you will consider attending.

As this weekend is taking place at the same time as our Evolutionary Psychology Conference it is possible to attend some conference sessions if you would like to. Just be sure to mention this at the time of booking.

What's included?

The cost includes accommodation and 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, welcome drink on Friday night and Saturday night disco. A discounted rate is available for OUPS members.

Subsidised places

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


The cost covers a standard room with shared bathroom for the whole weekend. A number of ensuite rooms are available for an additional payment.  Non residential places are available for a reduced price, all meals are still included.


The weekend takes place at Conference Park, University of Warwick. Accommodation is in single bedrooms on campus.

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.

Travel and directions

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