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With our Open Day only a few weeks away, we’ve caught up with a number of our academic staff to find out why you should come along. Here is Applied Psychology Programme Leader Shelley Price’s take on University Centre Shrewsbury and advice for Open Day.


What are your tips for attending an Open Day?

“I would always recommend reading about the programme in depth before visiting and exploring social media pages related to the university and the programme (like our Facebook page for the programme). This will provide key information about the programme itself and frees up the mind to come up with questions that are more personally relevant on the day. The second tip that I would give is “Don’t be afraid to ask questions” -  we are very friendly here, and a question that is important to you, will be important to us as well.”

What can people find out about the course on an Open Day?

“Anything they like! It’s a great time to get tours of the building, see where most time will be spent and get an idea about the atmosphere of the programme and the town. We provide information about the applied aspects of the programme, personal and professional development, community engagement, support available and types of assessment. We also spend some time introducing our staff and our areas of research interest, so people can get to know us as well!”

What is your favourite part of your job?

“My favourite part of the job is watching the students grow and develop (both personally and professionally) across the 3 years of their stay with us. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to watch each and every student find their way through the world of Psychology, and to see them make decisions and make a difference in an area of Psychology that interests them. It is nice to be able to be a part of that process.”

What has been your proudest moment whilst working at the university?

“I haven’t had a ‘proudest moment’ per se. It is more a collection of moments. It makes me feel very proud to be able to see the programme ‘click’ with each individual student. That moment where you know that what you are teaching has been understood. The ‘lightbulb’ moments so to speak. But I suppose what I am most personally proud of, is to have designed a programme (with my colleagues and the students) that is unique, truly applied, and that the students love.”

What makes University Centre Shrewsbury unique?

“UCS is unique in that it is a close-knit family of programmes and people who have come together to try to make local and global change by interconnecting with the community so directly. It is not a ‘textbook’ type of place. We make change through action and teaching in the most unique of ways. We provide opportunities for our students to get involved and our students get those opportunities from the moment they set foot in the door. It is an interactive, supportive, and friendly place to be - which makes the learning experience that much deeper for every student that we have.”

Why should people come to an Open Day?

“People should come to an Open Day to see what we are about. I think that many people may not feel that the more one-to-one learning experience at this level is for them. Perhaps they want to go to larger universities and receive what they feel may be the ‘true’ university experience. Here, our students may not get ‘lost in numbers’ and have the same experience of students at the larger universities. But if the Open Day is attended, the benefits of attending here would become clear. Though we may not be a big university, the experience is one of a kind!”


Our Open Day is taking place Saturday 19th October. You can book your place here.

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