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UWTSD senior lecturer elected as Chair of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society


Dr Paul Hutchings, Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has been elected as the Chair of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the next three years.

Dr Hutchings, a Chartered Psychologist who leads the BPS-accredited single honours Psychology programme at UWTSD Swansea, has taken over the position from the outgoing Chair, Mary Clare O’Connell.

The BPS is the learned society and professional body for the discipline of psychology in the UK, and the role of the Welsh Branch is to provide support for its 1,700 members in Wales, comprising of students, academics and practitioners in a wide variety of settings.

In his role as Chair, Dr Hutchings states that: “I am very proud to have been elected as Chair of the Welsh Branch of the BPS and am looking forward to driving forward the profile and activities of our regions over the next few years. Our aim as a Branch is to provide support for all of our members across Wales and to increase the profile of psychology, as an academic discipline and as a key element in the wellbeing of our society.”

The single honours psychology degree at UWTSD, accredited by BPS, has a strong focus on the application of psychological knowledge to understanding and improving individual, organisational, and societal health.

The School of Psychology offers courses on two campuses (Townhill Campus in Swansea and Carmarthen Campus) including Psychology, Applied Psychology, and joint honours in Counselling Studies and Psychology.

The School, across all campuses, offers a combination of diverse student population and an experienced, research-active lecturing team, creating a stimulating learning environment that enhances students’ enjoyment of the course. The dedicated psychology facilities and positive atmosphere create an exciting learning experience for students that is enhanced by having a team of lecturers working closely together, as well as with students themselves.

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014