Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology

Jill Wilkinson, together with Elizabeth Campbell, was a major mover in the development of the Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at Surrey. Jill was one of the founder members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Counselling Psychology and both Jill and Elizabeth sat on the Board of Examiners responsible for developing the […]


Social Psychology

Glynis Breakwell, who had been a Prize Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, was another of Terence Lee’s appointments and arrived in 1981 as a Lecturer in Social Psychology. By 1990 Glynis had become Head of the Department and gained her chair in 1991.  During her time as Head of Department, the student numbers in psychology […]


Health Psychology

The MSc in Health Psychology has its origins in the third Masters course established in the Department, the MSc in Medical Psychology which was initially set up by Lionel Hayward. The early interest in health psychology was not surprising given the strong clinical presence in the Department, research in both social and environmental psychology which […]


Occupational and Organisational Psychology

The history of occupational and organisational psychology in the Department of Psychology goes back to the early years of the department, as Russell Wicks was an occupational psychologist. Russell taught some aspects of the sub-discipline as part of an undergraduate course. In 1979, the Department of Psychology was invited to host the appointment of the […]


Heads of Department and School of Psychology: 1971 – 2017

As noted earlier, Terence Lee was appointed as the first Professor of Psychology and Head of Department at Surrey, and both his research interests and approach shaped the Department for the coming decades. After serving in the Fleet Air Arm in the latter stages of the Second World War, Terence gained admission to Magdalene College, […]


Setting the Context

The University of Surrey has its origins in the Battersea Polytechnic Institute, which was founded in 1891 and which from the 1920s had particular strengths in science and technology.  Following the publication of a Government White Paper on Technical Education, Colleges of Advanced Technology (CATs) were established in 1956, of which Battersea was one.  But […]


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