Flowers from the Dean

Addison House has a floral touch this week – a rather delightful bouquet of flowers arrived to thank the BSc Psychology team for all their work in setting up the new programme, following a successful accreditation visit from the British Psychological Society.

The BSc Psychology programme (which accepted the initial cohort of first year students back in September) received provisional accreditation in advance for the first cohort of students in 2015 – showing that the planned course met or exceeded all of the Society’s standards. The provisional accreditation report was very supportive of our planned programme, highlighting some specific areas of strengths in our planning, including:

  • The potential for students to benefit greatly from the research expertise of the IoPPN;
  • Very good physical resources, including equipment and specialist labs supported by specialist researchers
  • Interesting potential for internships
  • Well-thought out integration of content in course modules across the first two years of the programme

We were naturally delighted that the Society approved of our plans in advance – but a lot has happened since then: buildings have been completed (and visited by the Society’s president), students and staff have been recruited, and a planned curriculum has turned into two semesters of real-life lectures, practical sessions and examinations. So the time came for the Society to check that we had actually implemented the plans as well as we had promised, and the King’s BSc Psychology team was delighted to play host to a visit from the BPS Partnership Accreditation Team at Addison House last week.

The partnership team met with the current students, teaching staff and managements, and discussed the course and its development with all concerned. At the end of these sessions, the partnership team provided some very helpful, and positive, feedback to the staff about areas for development of the course at King’s, and the areas where we are doing well – including the staff’s commitment to high quality teaching; our innovative use of problem-based, translational learning from the start of the course; the way in which Personal Tutors are used to support students; the ways in which current IoPPN research informs our teaching; and the integration of content across modules – especially how research methods teaching integrates with other content. While we feel ourselves that these things are among the strengths of our course, we are possibly rather biased – so it is nice to know that other people like what we are trying to do.

Most importantly of all –  we were delighted that the team confirmed the ongoing accreditation of the programme as providing eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership of the society.

So a successful end to our first teaching year. A big thank-you to the visiting BPS partnership team for their time and very helpful comments, to the teaching staff and senior management for demonstrating so clearly the institutional commitment to the new programme, and to the students who took time out from coursework deadlines and revision to meet the BPS.

And, last but not least, to the Dean’s office for sending such lovely flowers….

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Written by:

Michael R F Aitken PhD

Reader in Psychology & BSc Psychology Programme Director

Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

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Founded in 1950, the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience has grown to become one of the world’s largest grouping of psychologists undertaking research and education in the areas of clinical and health psychology, in neuropsychology and neuroscience, developmental psychology and forensic psychology.


We provide a number of qualifications including a new BSc Psychology, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (the UK’s oldest training programme which helped to establish the scientist/practitioner model that is now almost universal in the field), our MSc in Health Psychology, and a range of Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas for mental health professionals, and degrees for medical undergraduates. These courses are made possible by the expertise of the staff within the Department and elsewhere within the Institute of Psychiatry, and our close ties with our NHS partners, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and King’s College London NHS Foundation Trust. Many members of academic staff are qualified Clinical and Health Psychologists providing expert psychological services to our NHS partners are part of their work.

All academic staff within the department undertake research. The major focus is translational and applied research in the areas of mental health and physical health, taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by close collaborations with NHS clinicians and clinical researchers. The department has pioneered new approached to psychological treatments and continues undertake basic research, treatment development and evaluation across a range of mental health and physical conditions. Our research academics in the Psychology Department work closely and collaboratively with researchers from wide range of disciplines in other Departments of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and more widely across KCL.

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