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You’re invited to the launch of the Open Psychology Research Centre

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Located within the School of Psychology and Counselling in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at The Open University, the new Open Psychology Research Centre creates an environment conducive to psychological research with a distinctively 'open' character.

Psychological research within the Centre is organised into three interconnected strands: Culture and Social Psychology (CuSP), Forensic Cognition (FCRG) and the Psychology of Health and Wellbeing (PHeW). The Centre will operate with a collaborative approach to knowledge production that does not disqualify common sense but works with it, considering the many valid perspectives at play around life problems. The Centre encourages diverse routes to knowledge and combines a broad range of methodological skills for a greater impact on society as a whole.

Commenting on the Centre’s launch, Executive Dean, Prof. Ian Fribbance says: ‘The Open Psychology Research Centre has been several years in the making. Building on the incredibly strong heritage of psychology at The Open University, the Centre is committed to address questions of social justice and will use knowledge as a cornerstone to inform and empower progressive social change. I am excited to see the work that emerges from the Centre in years to come.’

You're invited to join the launch event (June 28–July 6)

We’re delighted to invite you to the online launch event taking place from June 28th until July 6th. The launch is organised in two main parts:

Part 1 – Research at the Open Psychology Research Centre (June 28th – July 2nd)

During this week, we will showcase online presentations from fifteen Psychologists based in The Open University’s School of Psychology & Counselling. On Friday July 2nd, the schedule includes an event co-organised with the UK Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Part 2 – Openings between culture and social psychology, health and wellbeing and forensic cognition: Invited keynote talks from Professors Ann Phoenix, Helen Spandler and Laurence Alison (July 6)

On July 6th the Centre will be formally opened by Professor Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor of The Open University, and Professor Ian Fribbance, FASS Executive Dean. We mark the event with invited keynote talks from Professor Ann Phoenix (University College, London), Professor Helen Spandler (University of Central Lancashire) and Professor Laurence Alison (University of Liverpool). Each keynote will be followed by commentaries and Q&A lead by members of the Open Psychology Research Centre’s three research strands.

Find out more about the full programme of speakers.

Registration for this event is now open.

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