University College London (UCL) is one of the foremost teaching and research institutions in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1826 to provide higher education for all who could benefit from it, regardless of religion, race or class, and is both the longest established and largest of the various colleges and institutes that make up the University of London. The College was the first to admit women to higher education on equal terms with men, and also pioneered the teaching of many subjects at university level, including psychology.
More than a third of the diverse 19,000 strong student community is engaged in graduate studies, with almost half of these pursuing research degrees. We have hundreds of collaborative research partners and an ever-expanding worldwide network of more than 107,000 UCL alumni helps to maintain the university's international reputation for innovation and excellence.
UCL is proud of its record of academic distinction. It can count 19 Nobel Prize winners among former academic staff and students, and our academic community includes 35 Fellows of the Royal Society, 11 of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 22 of the British Academy. UCL has the highest number of professors of any university in the UK, with more than 600 established and personal chairs, as well as the highest number of female professors.
Ideally situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London's huge array of libraries, museums, public gardens, cinemas, theatres, cafés, bars and restaurants are all within easy reach. The UCL campus provides graduate students with many useful amenities, including a university bookshop; a language centre offering numerous evening courses; a multi million pound fitness suite; UCL's very own West End Theatre, the Bloomsbury; numerous fine and diverse museums and collections and extensive well resourced library facilities cited by many current DEdPsy course members as a particular asset to research.
Psychology at UCL
The establishment at UCL in 1897 of the first psychological laboratory in the country (and the second in the world after Leipzig) has been hailed as a landmark in the history of British psychology. The most recent Higher Education Funding Council research assessment exercise confirmed the College’s reputation for excellence in psychological research . We pride ourselves on maintaining strengths across the whole range of the discipline and have a long and distinguished tradition in the teaching of applied psychology. Our newly created Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, is orientated towards the future and addressing the challenges of multidisciplinary Children's Services.
The one-year professional training Diploma in Educational Psychology introduced at UCL by Sir Cyril Burt in 1946 was the first of its kind in Britain. Many of the educational psychologists who trained at UCL now hold senior positions in the profession, both in Britain and abroad. Particular strengths of the Doctorate teaching programmes in educational psychology at UCL include:
Attachment to a large research department which ensures teaching by staff engaged in ongoing psychological research and provides teaching in state of the art developments in psychology.
Commitment to the integration of theory, research and practice in child and educational psychology which is reflected both in the programme staffing and in the way in which learning experiences are structured.
An extensive UK programme of continuing professional development for practising educational psychologists.
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Click here to view slides presented by DEdPsy programme tutors, graduates and course members at January's DECP conference DEdPsy symposium, entitled "Perspectives on professional engagement with vulnerable children ". Presenters used examples of work undertaken during the UCL professional doctorate programme to illustrate ways in which such an evidence base may be developed.