Department of Psychology | School of Life Sciences and the Environment
Training with us
There are a number of different procedures in place to ensure that trainees feel properly supported throughout their training.
Internally, the course provides support through a number of mechanisms:
- Trainees are allocated a "Buddy" from the year ahead, who provides advice and mentorship during the first year.
- Each year has a confidential Reflective Practice Group, with an external facilitator.
- Each trainee has a Personal Tutor assigned from the teaching staff who will meet with them over the three years. This allows for continuity of support and also provides the trainee with a resource for personal support, should the occasion or need arise.
- An Independent Personal Advisor from within North London is also available. The Independent Personal Advisor scheme has been established jointly by the three North London courses. Trainees can approach an Independent Personal Advisor for confidential advice, with a number of Independent Personal Advisors having expressed particular interest and competence in supporting trainees from minoritised ethnic backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTQI+, those who are parents/carers, and/or those who have disabilities or health needs.
- There is no formal mechanism for organising personal therapy for trainees. However, counselling services are available through the University or the relevant NHS Trust, and a list of private therapists who trainees may approach is provided by the course.
Support for Trainees with Disabilities
Any disclosure of disability is treated with sensitivity and within the bounds of our confidentiality policy. We liaise closely with the Royal Holloway Disabilities and Dyslexia Services Team and with the relevant NHS Trust to ensure that an assessment of need and subsequent reasonable adjustments are made for trainees with disabilities
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
To support all trainees in reflecting on and developing competencies for working with differences and diversity, we have confidential Diversity Reflective Practice Groups within the curriculum.
Furthermore, trainees from ethnically minoritised backgrounds can opt-into additional confidential reflective practice groups led by an external facilitator.
We have an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group made up of course staff, external qualified clinical psychologists and trainee representatives. This group meets twice a year to discuss and improve all aspects of diversity on the training programme.
The College is based in very attractive surroundings just outside the M25 to the west of London in Surrey. Access by public transport is good (College Bus during term-times or 15 minute walk to Egham Station, 40 minutes to Waterloo). The College also has a central London base, in Bedford Square, which is available for trainees and staff to use.
Approximately half of trainee time on the course is spent on placement in the North London region. Approximately one fifth of trainee time is spent on teaching, some of which will be at College. The remainder of time is for private study and research.
The Course Team cover a broad range of clinical psychology specialities. The Core staff with day-to-day involvement with the course are:
Dr Katie Ashcroft - Lecturer and Academic TutorDr Gary Brown - Senior Lecturer and Research Director
Dr Lauren Bryan – Lecturer and Academic Tutor
Dr Anna Crabtree – Lecturer and Clinical Tutor
Professor Michael Evangeli – Professor and Communications and Recruitment Director
Dr. Elizabeth Harding – Lecturer and Academic Tutor
Dr. Pinder Kaur – Lecturer and Clinical Tutor
Dr Jessica Kingston - Senior Lecturer and Research Director
Professor Dawn Langdon - Professor and Impact and Industry Engagement Director
Dr. Christopher Loh – Senior Lecturer and Systemic Pathway Lead
Dr Olga Luzon - Senior Lecturer and Academic Director
Professor Andrew MacLeod - Professor and Research Tutor
Dr Toby Newson – Lecturer and Clinical Tutor
Professor Helen Pote - Professor and Course Director
Dr Kate Theodore - Senior Lecturer and Clinical Direcor
Dr Vasilis Vasiliou – Lecturer and Research Tutor
Dr. Gail Wingham – Lecturer and Admissions/Academic Tutor
Ms Jen Lutley - Senior Student and Programme Administration Officer
Mrs Michelle Watson – Student and Programme Administration Officer
Mrs Didem Cunningham - Student and Programme Administration Assistant
Heike Gilmour - Administrative Officer
22nd September 2023