The Royal Grammar School
Date: 11th Aug 2016
The Department of Psychology at Buckinghamshire New University has given A-Level Psychology students at The Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe a taste of life in higher education.
During a two-month project the students at the school enjoyed lessons at the University and were tasked with developing a research proposal around a subject.
Jacqui Watson, teacher-in-charge of Psychology at The Royal Grammar School, said the project gave students an idea of what to expect at university and an introduction to approaches around research.
She said: "Not only did the boys experience being in a university setting and having some tutorials but research methods came alive for them too, thanks to the Psychology staff at Bucks.
"For the last four weeks the classroom has been buzzing with activity and excitement. It really has been an awesome experience!"
Dr Julia Robertson, Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Psychology at Bucks New University, and colleague Dr Barbara Kingsley, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, organised the project at Bucks New University.
Dr Robertson said The Royal Grammar School students had enjoyed a variety of seminars in a range of psychology disciplines.
She said: "The students were also tasked with developing their own research question and designed an experiment, collected and analysed data, and presented their findings to the University's Psychology team.
"We were treated to 12 presentations and were absolutely delighted with the students' engagement and impressed by the standard of presentations given."
The students came up with ideas of how to tackle research around areas including the effects of teaching styles on learning a language and prejudices surrounding peoples' incomes.
Dr Robertson said the University planned to welcome The Royal Grammar School back for a further project next year.
Picture captions: Lecturers and students at Bucks New University.