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Psychology celebrates 50 years

Psychology at the University of Exeter celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 

To mark the 50 years, a series of events were held to reunite former staff, stakeholders, Alumni and current staff and students.

Current students were invited to attend a panel event that saw Alumni from across various employment sectors sharing their experiences since graduating from the University and providing advice and guidance to the future graduates.

Stakeholders and Alumni joined current and former staff and students in a series of short presentations that celebrated the history of Psychology at Exeter and provided an overview of its future research ambitions.  The presentations included tackling mood disorders through the development of evidence-based treatment, understanding behavioural addictions associated with over-eating and inhibitory controls,  how women are often chosen in preference to men for risky  leadership roles, and how studying  animal behaviour has led to impact in our understanding of human social behaviour.

Psychology has been taught as subject since the early 40s as part of Education but became a separate department in 1963 with the appointment of Professor Leslie Reid. Over the years Psychology at Exeter has led development in a number of areas, including social cognition applied to health, economic psychology, social identity theory and has maintained an interest in animal behaviour throughout. Clinical training has been provided since the mid 70s with recent dramatic growth linked to the government’s support for increasing access to psychological therapies. This has culminated in the creation of the Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, a leading psychological treatment research centre. This event also acknowledged Professor Stephen Lea’s retirement from the department after 35 years during which time he served as Head of Department twice, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The event  concluded with a chance for everyone to reminisce and share their own memories of their time at Exeter over refreshments and pictures from the past. Over 70 people attended the celebration event which took place in Washington Singer.

Date: 29 October 2013

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