Psychology in top 3 in UK student satisfaction poll

09 August 2017

Aberystwyth University has been ranked one of the top three places in the UK for overall satisfaction by final-year undergraduates studying Psychology.

The results of the 2017 National Student Survey show overall student satisfaction in the Department of Psychology at 96%, placing it in third place across a total of 109 similar departments in the UK.

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Psychology hosts BPS student conference

25 November 2013

This year the BPS Welsh Branch Annual Student Conference is taking place at Aberystwyth University on Saturday 26th of April, 2014.

Information for freshers

06 September 2013

If you're a new start to Psychology then you will find all the information you need below to get you started for your first year in this announcement.

UCAS Clearing and UCAS Adjustment 2013

19 July 2013

If you're looking for excellent facilities, a unique environment, good employment prospects on graduation and one of the best value lifestyles in the UK, choosing to study at Aberystwyth University in 2013 will be one of the best decisions you ever make. Watch our clearing videos for more information about what to do

Psychology Department Celebrate Their First Single Honours Students

03 July 2012

In 2009, Psychology introduced its long awaited Single Honours course and 2012 saw the first cohort of single honours students graduate.

Five New Members of Staff to Boost Department From September

03 July 2012

From September, Psychology will get an added boost with four new members of academic staff and one member of technical staff.

Psychology Department Celebrate Their First Postgraduate Student

04 July 2012

Psychology can now add its first postgraduate to its list of achievements since it became an independent department in 2008, previously being a centre within International Politics. Tamsin Williams qualified for her doctorate in Psychology this July.

Aberystwyth Psychology Student Features in New Textbook

03 July 2012

Jade Norris will feature in a new pedagogically ground breaking social psychology textbook by Robbie Sutton and Karen Douglas from the University of Kent.

2012 Academic Session Starts With a Bang: Number 1 in the UK

04 October 2012

Psychology has been named joint UK 1st alongside Oxford and Stirling Universities, and Newman University College, in the NSS 2012 student ratings.


26 January 2014

As part of Aberystwyth University’s 2014 celebrations of International Women’s Day (IWD), the Athena Swan Team is launching an exciting photography competition for the most inspiring and evocative image related to the broad theme of ‘Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine (STEMM)’.

Psychology hosts International Women's day

06 March 2013

To mark International Women’s Day, Aberystwyth University will be hosting a wide variety of events for students, staff and the local community, with the theme “Visibility”.

Aberystwyth Psychology Students at the Welsh BPS Conference

05 June 2013

Psychology Students present at BPS Welsh Annual conference

British Psychological Society Give Seal of Approval at Aberystwyth

23 June 2013

The Department of Psychology at Aberystwyth University has been awarded national accreditation by the British Psychological Society, the internationally recognized UK learned society responsible for ensuring standards of quality within the subject.

Sarah Riley spends week in Westminster with Equalities office

13 January 2014

Sarah Riley spends week in Westminster with Equalities office to contribute to the government's Campaign for Body Confidence. Body image is an issue for government because it reduces girls' aspirations, impacting on their economic participation.

Dr Rachel Horsley seconded part-time as Athena SWAN Researcher Diversity Champion

14 January 2014

Dr Rachel Horsley has recently been seconded part-time as the Athena SWAN Researcher Diversity Champion. The Athena SWAN Charter, of which the Psychology Department is a member, seeks to advance women's careers in Science, Education and Technology in higher education.

Catherine O'Hanlon to facilitate workshop at Hywel Dda Health Board's conference for World Autism Awareness Day

13 January 2014

Catherine O'Hanlon has been invited to facilitate workshop at the Hywel Dda Health Board's upcoming conference on sensory perception in autism, to take place on World Autism Awareness day, Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014.

Kate Bullen has been selected as the Chair of the British Psychological Society Ethics Committee

14 January 2014

Kate Bullen has been selected as the Chair of the British Psychological Society Ethics Committee. She will represent the BPS as the UK member on the Ethics Board of the European Federation of Psychology Associations.

Sarah Riley speaks on mannequins and body size

22 January 2014

BBC News: commenting about mannequins and body size, Dr Sarah Riley says that anything that allows people to recognise that they can be healthy and beautiful at any size is important in a culture which is highly judgemental about body size.

Dr Chris Beedie's research into psychology of drugs in sport

05 February 2014

Dr Chris Beedie has recently carried out research into psychological effects on the effectiveness of taking performance-enhancing drugs. He examines the possible implications of these findings for the reputation of sport in the future, given the damage done in recent decades by drug scandals. See this WalesOnline article for details.

Psychology hosts International Women's day 2014

24 February 2014

 To mark International Women’s Day 2014, Aberystwyth University will be hosting a wide variety of events for students, staff and the local community, with the theme “Progress”

The Art and Science of Wellbeing

03 June 2014

Ceredigion has at its heart two key elements that support and enhance well-being, a supportive community and a landscape of outstanding beauty.

Dr Antonia Ivaldi receives Fellowship

24 July 2014

Many cogratulations to Dr Antonia Ivaldi who was awarded a Fellowship this year by the Vice Chancellor at graduation for Teaching and Learning for her exceptional work in the department of Psychology. 

Both students and staff recognise her hard work and are delighted that the University has rewarded her.

Sarah Riley's book published

14 October 2014

Congratulations to for her recently published book, which has been championed as ‘bold’ ‘rigorous’ and a ‘blueprint for social science’ (Hammack, 2014).

Dr Chris Beedie co-authored a report by ukactive

01 December 2014

A report by ukactive which has been co-authored by Dr Chris Beedie from Aberystwyth University shows that 29% of people in England are classed as physically inactive.

Graduation 2015

05 August 2015

The Department would like to congratulate all those who graduated this year!

It was a beautiful Aberystwyth day sure to be a proud and long standing memory for all students and family involved!

Summer University 2015

07 August 2015

Have you ever wondered why some witnesses and bystanders do not intervene in emergency situations?  Did you know that it is possible to ‘implant’ memories for things that never happen?  The Bystander effect and memory illusions are just two examples of the content students have been learning about in this year’s Summer University introductory psychology module. 

Innovative Teaching Methods

07 August 2015

Dr’s Hall and Ivaldi publish their innovative teaching methods in the BPS’Journal of History and Philosophy of Psychology. Their teaching methods were described by Journal editor Peter Hegarty as making a significant contribution to teaching Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology. 

Aberystwyth University graduate joins Ice Warrior Project

01 September 2015

Aberystwyth University graduate Lee Edgington has been selected to take part in an ambitious polar expedition to be the first to reach the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility.

Lee, from Newtown in Powys, graduated in Psychology in July 2015 and is joining the Ice Warrior Project which is led by explorer Jim McNeill.

Also known as the Arctic Pole, the expedition will set off for the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility in February 2016.

The Bridge detective Saga Norén name-checks Aberystwyth University academic

07 December 2015

A book by Aberystwyth University psychologist Dr Nigel Holt is the reading of choice for Nordic Noir detective Saga Norén, star of The Bridge currently being screened on BBC4.

In Episode 6, aired on Saturday 5 December, when asked what she was reading, Norén replied ““Psychology – The Science of the Mind & Behaviour” by Nigel Holt”.

Newsletter Spring 2016

15 March 2016

The Newletter for Spring 2016 is now out and can be found Newsletter Spring 2016

New Centre for Excellence in Rural Health Research launched

24 March 2016

The new Research Centre will see Aberystwyth University work closely with the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative and Hywel Dda University Health.

Exceptional NSS Results for Psychology

10 August 2016

Aber’s Psychology team knows what makes students happy: Department of Psychology 95% student satisfaction

Exciting Opportunity To Visit Yasano in Japan

06 October 2016

Would you like to visit Yasano Japan in January 2017? Watch your emails for information about this exciting opportunity.

AU Exemplary Course Award Winner

01 February 2017

Congratulations to our own Gareth Norris for being ‘Highly Commended’ for his design of the module PS21220 Forensic Psychology on Blackboard! The Aberystwyth University Exemplary Course Award showcases the best ways staff have enhanced their presence on Blackboard, with their innovations encouraging good practice on Blackboard throughout the university. 

Looking forward to things is good for you, so plan for your next treat

26 February 2018

Moving from a city to the beautiful Welsh countryside a few years ago made me acutely aware of the seasons and how they change. Most recently signs of spring have appeared in my garden over here on the Ceredigion coast. This mindfulness and awareness of the environment is difficult to explain to those whose comparable experience is confined to the bus stop and a park.