Those of you who are doing Applied Psychology already fell in love with Susan for her devotion to the subject and incredible skills as a teacher. She also teaches introductory psychology modules for Anthropology and Primary Education students.
How long have you been a part of Foundation Centre and what do you do here?
I joined the Foundation Centre in December 2008 with the remit of developing a widening access route into medicine. Gateway to Medicine was my ‘baby’ until last year. I was also the admissions tutor for a number of other routes but now I solely deal with applications to study Psychology. I have also been teaching Psychology modules since 2010 and developed the Psychology of Thinking and Learning module.
What are your areas of interest in your subject?
In Psychology my interests lie within cognitive development. I am interested in pragmatics (the use of everyday language) and the interface between this and reasoning. The errors people make when reasoning gets me very excited and I spent 4 years studying how people interpret the quantifier some for my PhD. You will have to take my word that it was a fascinating subject. Now, I am interested in assessment and feedback and have been looking into student’s experiences of this for the past few years.
What are you scared of?
Daddy longlegs. Horrible things – what is the point of them!!!
What are your guilty pleasures?
I have two: World Strongest Man; Jon Pall Sigmarrson was The Man. Crazy Golf; we once drove for two hours across Holland to play our favourite course.
What is your favorite place on campus?
The Foundation Centre hot office; great views of the river and you can see Roseberry Topping in the distance
What kind of student were you?
Curious, passionate, hardworking, and full of questions.
What would you advise to your new students coming this year?
Be passionate about your subject, hard working and don’t be afraid to ask question and you will succeed.