School of Applied Social Science

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Could drugs help fight climate change?

The controlled use of psychedelic drugs can help tackle depression but could they also “restart the beating heart of ecological awareness before it is too late”. Dr Matt Adams investigated claims about the potential of psychedelics “not only for improving mental health, but also, remarkably, as a key to overcoming inaction in the face of…

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Children’s little lies aren’t all bad

White lies are not all bad and can help young people keep relationships functioning, according to a University of Brighton senior lecturer in forensic psychology. Dr Hannah Cassidy said ‘prosocial’ lies are helpful and “act as a social lubricant”, often protecting people’s feelings. For instance, lying when we say we like a gift from a…

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The Living library

We were delighted to again welcome the Living Library back to the university’s Falmer campus. The library is designed to challenge prejudice and stigma and offers students on our social science courses the opportunity to hear the stories from volunteers who act as ‘books’.

Podcast: Catching up with Dr Matthew Adams

Dr Matthew Adams discusses the role of social sciences at a time of environmental crisis and the strengths of the University’s psychology department. Matthew also clears up why he’s been posting photos of sheep on Twitter recently.​.. To listen, either click the links below or search ‘University of Brighton’ in your preferred podcast app –…

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Students highly commended at Students Union Awards 2019

The Brighton Student Union Awards took place this week, celebrating the amazing work that our students, staff and volunteers do each year.   Congratulations to Jordan and Jack on being highly commended! Membership Student Staff Member of the Year Highly commended:  Jordan Landsborough, psychology and sociology. Students’ Union Volunteer of the Year Award Highly commended:…

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Professor Kate Bullen, Head of the School of Applied Social Science

Honorary Doctorate for Professor Kate Bullen

Professor Kate Bullen, Head of the School of Applied Social Science swapped her office at Falmer for the splendour of a graduation ceremony at the University of Buckingham recently.   Professor Bullen was collecting an honorary Doctor of Science degree in recognition of her distinguished career in the NHS and her academic career which has…

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My work experience

Jordan Landsborough, an Applied Psychology and Sociology BA(Hons) student, has gained work experience in the SU’s Health and Wellbeing team and with the student-led wellbeing initiative Mood Boost. We asked her about her work experience and about her course. Why did you choose to study Applied Psychology and Sociology BA(Hons) at University of Brighton? I…

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What to Expect After Accepting an Offer

At this time of year, many of you are thinking about accepting your offer with us.  Lois, 2nd year Psychology BSc(Hons) student explains what you can expect over the next few months as you prepare for university…. Oh, what a journey these last few months have been! I’m sure you’re fed up of UCAS and…

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What is ‘applied’ psychology?

Our psychology degrees all have an ‘applied focus. But what does that mean?  Putting real-world experience at the heart of your learning, you will explore different perspectives and apply your learning to personal and social issues. Lois is in her second year on our Applied Psychology BSc(Hons) degree and shares her experience of studying with…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

At the University of Brighton, we are proud to have an extraordinarily talented staff and student community – and we are committed to equality of opportunity. To mark International Women’s Day this year – we invited colleagues involved in equality activities and our students to tell us about the women who inspire them. Watch the…

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