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DXR222 Exploring Psychology Project: Day 7

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:08:26 +0000

As usual with the final day there was lot of packing going on before breakfast. The first task was to organise a group presentation of our results which went surprisingly well as indeed did the ur presentation to three other groups. Breaking the presentations into smaller units made for a much more satisfying pace to […]

DXR222 Exploring Psychology Project: Day 6

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:45:51 +0000

The final working day was a rather busy and stressful one. We spent the first hour assembling a list of newspaper articles for our thematic analysis but also had to “volunteer” an hour each to be participants in the experiments other groups were conducting (seemingly mainly on variations of memory). With overlapping volunteering, our momentum […]

DXR222 Exploring Psychology Project: Day 5

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:42:43 +0000

The morning starts off with the preparation of the second more complete project proposal which takes a surprising amount of time. That has to be handed in around 11am after which there’s a wait for an hour or so while the tutors evaluate each proposal. In our case, they’d picked up a couple of inconsistencies […]

DXR222 Exploring Psychology Project: Day 4

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 22:41:48 +0000

Having finished the preparatory steps, the project work began this morning. From 9am to 10am was allocated to forming the groups and choosing topics. The only organisation imposed was that there was one room allocated for the people interested in a communications project and another for those interested in memory so it was a little […]

DXR222 Exploring Psychology Project: Day 3

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:02:33 +0000

It was the turn of memory today with three distinct modules followed by a session on ethics and the project briefing before an optional lecture. The first module looked at different strategies for learning word pairs (forming a sentence containing both words is the way to go as it engages deeper processing which in turn […]

DXR222 Exploring Psychology Project: Day 2

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 22:49:33 +0000

This is the first of two days of preparation for the project that we’ll start on Tuesday. For me, it was the day to look at various aspects of communication, split into three quite distinct modules. The observational approach looked at a recording of a discussion on “talking proper” which we worked through with the […]

DXR222 Exploring Psychology Project: Day 1

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 20:39:11 +0000

The Saturday was quite restful for me as I flew over to Bristol yesterday though the lengthy trip on the A4 bus followed by the much shorter one on the 18 made it quite a trek. It was a leisurely start today with a late breakfast at the Limetree followed by several hours wandering round […]

Taking control of your pension

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:13:49 +0000

This is the first year that it’s become truly possible to take control of your own pension. Up to now, most people with money-purchase (or defined contribution) pensions had to hand over their money to an insurance company and buy an annuity with it. Thankfully, that practice is ended and we get to keep the […]

So, how should you invest your retirement fund?

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:31:41 +0000

Up until last year, the clear answer was with an increasing proportion of bonds as you approached retirement. However, that advice assumed that you would be buying an annuity on retirement therefore the rising proportion of bonds was aimed at stabilising your pension fund as you got closer to the point of purchasing the annuity. […]

Accepted, but can I do the masters?

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:26:29 +0000

I got a surprising email from Queen’s last week to say that I’d an unconditional offer for the masters course. I say surprising, as I was still waiting for the Open University to produce the references which, supposedly, were essential. Moreover, I hadn’t weighed in with an official transcript for any of my degrees which […]