March 2024

Helen's Story

By Dr Helen McEwan

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Dr Helen McEwan

Senior Lecturer in Psychology 

Helen studied Psychology at university and continued her professional development in the field of Health Psychology.

"From being introduced to psychology in further education, I have developed a fascination with the brain and behaviour, often asking myself “Why are we the way we are?”. I went on to study psychology at undergraduate level, further developing my thirst for knowledge of the area, and I then continued my professional development in the field of health psychology. As a chartered psychologist, whose area of expertise is health psychology, I have an enthusiasm for understanding both individuals’ mental health and wellbeing, and health behaviours. Having conducted research with both patients and healthcare professionals, I have become particularly focused on the impact psychological processes and behaviours have on physical and psychological health and wellbeing. 
From studying this programme, you will learn about a range of topics in Psychology, whilst developing and applying specific knowledge and skills in the field of educational psychology. You will be taught by individuals who are both dedicated to and knowledgeable in their field.
We pride ourselves in offering a supportive, student-centred approach where you develop transferable skills as well as knowledge in the field of Psychology. If you have are passionate about understanding the human mind and behaviour and wish to be taught by individuals with an enthusiasm for engaging teaching, then UCB is the place to study!"

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Professor Gill Brown

Executive Dean School of Psychology

Studying psychology was one of the best decisions Professor Gill Brown ever made, opening doors in ways she never had expected.

"I was always interested in people and why they behaved the way they did and had a particular interest in offending" said Gill. "I was glued to the latest crime-related film or documentary, trying to make sense of the many factors that were at play in an individual’s behaviour.

"My psychology degree led me to working with youth offending teams, community forensic services, the prison service, mental health inpatient and community services, then onto a career in education. I am now passionate about sharing my knowledge and experiences to help students apply psychology to the real world around them."

She said the Psychology BSc at University College Birmingham would open doors for students and equip them with the skills to put the theory into practice in the real world.

"Through gaining a range of practical opportunities, work-based learning and getting hands-on experience in the lab, you will explore areas that excite you and help shape your future goals," she said. "The possibilities after this degree are endless and we will guide you through your journey and challenge you as you progress, igniting your passion for learning."

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