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Exploring Psychology

We run a number of psychology events throughout the year for A-level students interested in studying Psychology at university. Please see below for further details.


National Psychology Competition

A-level students can put their Psychology skills to the test in our annual psychology competition for schools. For more information about the competition day, visit our Psychology competition page

The 2024 competition will take place on 19th June 2024.


Schools Lecture Evening

We host an annual Lecture Evening specifically for schools and colleges, where we discuss hot topics in Psychology. The event will include short taster lectures from two of our academics within our department and offer students an opportunity to ask questions to some of our current students about studying psychology at university.

Our next lecture evening will take place on 4th October 2023 at 7pm. For more information and to register, please click here.

Psychology Taster Day

Our next taster day will take place on 23rd February 2024

In this taster day, specially designed for Yr 12 students, you’ll get a glimpse into the variety of topics in psychology and the psychology research being conducted at Royal Holloway. This taster session includes two mini-taster lectures, lab tour(s), Q&As with staff and current students. Tickets are now available here.

Previous Taster Lectures

Professor Ryan McKay (morning): “I swear: the sacred and the profane in language and law.”

Swear words have a unique linguistic power. In the first part of this talk I will describe my research into whether there are universal sound patterns in profanity. In the second part of the talk, I will discuss swearing in a different context – the courtroom.

Professor Victoria Bourne (afternoon): “Why statistics may be the most fun, relevant and useful thing you will ever study!"

 When someone decides to study psychology, statistics is rarely the area of the subject that they are most excited about. In this talk I will aim to convince you that statistics, and research more broadly, is the most engaging and fun part of learning how to become a psychologist.

We will also be hosting Lab tours & Interactive Demonstrations session. You can sign up via the link below (16+)

School Research Opportunities

Take part in ongoing research and get first-hand experience of what happens in our Psychology department.

To find out more, check out the list of current studies recruiting participants from schools or email

South East Research Network for Schools (SERNS)

Are you a teacher in Surrey and the South East and interested in hearing more about up-to-date research into student mental health, wellbeing and literacy? Find out more about the South East Research Network for Schools (SERNS)

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