Sixth-formers gain a taste of life at Bucks
Date: 20th Jul 2017
Students at two High Wycombe schools gained a taste of life in higher education during a two-month project with Buckinghamshire New University.
Around 60 A-Level Psychology students from Royal Grammar School and Sir William Ramsay School in High Wycombe took part in ‘Project Psychology: A Bucks collaboration with local schools’.
The University’s Department of Psychology set up the project for the students to take part in lectures and develop research projects at its campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe.
Pupils sat in on lessons at the university and were tasked with developing a research proposal around a subject. The students also came up with ideas of how to tackle research around areas including empathy towards mental illness in criminals across genders and whether conformity is relevant today.
Senior Lecturers Dr Barbara Kingsley and Dr Julia Robertson ran the rule over the presentations and awarded prizes to winners.
Dr Kingsley said: “This was very much about bringing our educational community together, and, from the University’s perspective, giving A-Level students the opportunity to experience their local university by bringing to life some of the work they are doing in their psychology classes at school.
"This is the second year we have run this and we see this event going from strength to strength in the future.
“Last year the Royal Grammar School were involved and we were delighted to also welcome Sir William Ramsay School this year. It was great to see such enthusiasm and commitment in the work produced.”
Jacqui Watson, Head of Psychology at the Royal Grammar School, added: “Going to Bucks New University to present our research to university lecturers as well as students from another school was a nerve-wrecking experience for students but also extremely exciting. We learnt so much about research methods but also about presentation skills and we are really grateful for the opportunity."
Farhana Rahman, Psychology teacher at Sir William Ramsay School, said: "This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience how research projects are carried out and what it is like to present their findings to fellow students and academics.
"The atmosphere at the presentation was exhilarating despite the nerves experienced by our students.
" Thank you to Bucks New University and Royal Grammar School for the collaboration and we look forward to future ventures."
Picture captions: A-Level Psychology students who attended 'A Bucks collaboration with local schools' and Dr Julia Robertson and Dr Barbara Kingsley with the winning students.