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2nd Q&A Session with Students

by Alessio Compagnino -
Dear Student,

Following the great success of our first live Q&A session with students last Tuesday, we have decided to arrange a second one for Wednesday 13th May (14:00-15:00). 

If you wish to join and have all your questions answered by key members of staff, please follow the below link. The password to join is 780927.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you.


Moodle Student Forums

by Sasha Smith -

Due to popular demand we have created a new space for students to connect on the NSPC Moodle site. You should now be automatically enrolled for this. This will be a place to discuss all aspects of student life, including emotional support, finding placements and writing up research.

We will be looking for moderators to look after this area, so please get in touch if you are able to volunteer.

If users have any ideas about new threads please contact Sasha.

Ethics Deadlines 2019-2020

by Sasha Smith -

You should all by now have received an email from the office detailing the next deadlines for ethics applications for the academic year 2019-2020. These will also be published in the 2019-2020 programme handbooks. Here is a summary:

Ethics Dates



Autumn Term

Board Date: 24th September 2019

Submission Deadline: 3rd September 2019


Board Date: 19th November 2019

Submission Deadline: 29th October 2019


Winter Term

Board Date: 21st January 2020

Submission Deadline: 2nd January 2020


Board Date: 17th March 2020

Submission Deadline: 25th February 2020


Spring Term

Board Date: 5th May 2020

Submission Deadline: 14th April 2020


Board Date: 23rd June 2020

Submission Deadline: 2nd June 2020

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Available courses

A selection of forums for students, moderated by students.

How to keep track of your progress on the course for yourself

Information about best practice, the special requirements of web users with different disabilities, and how to modify the NSPC virtual learning environment if you have a disability

You will find a useful repository of help and suggestions here that is being constantly added to.  So check back regularly.  You MUST read the Guidelines document before you start study.

Lots of information about Turnitin

This short course provides an overview of the septimus learning environment, and how to use it.

A general orientation to the software that we use to create our virtual learning environment (VLE), which is also now being used for massive open online courses (MOOCs).  Unlike the latter our VLE emphasizes your involvement in collaborative learning

Particularly useful if you are coming back to higher education after a break.

An introduction to the benefits and costs of combining psychotropic drug treatment with psychotherapy

Notes on some key philosophers' ideas about wellbeing

Includes guide to good teaching practices

What teachers, clinical supervisors, and research supervisors are asked by NSPC to do administratively 

Please read the research handbook, which is available in Useful documents at MyNSPC and the contents of Research documents on MyNSPC that has guidance about ethics, about marking, a research log that you might want to use for individual supervision, and other useful documents

Please watch the attached powerpoint presentation

Please be familiar with the Research supervision report from also available in Useful documents.  Note that unless students submit this termly, duly signed by yourself and any other supervisor, the student may fall that term's supervision.

Training for all administrators

Useful updates for online tutors about their essential contributions to student learning

Forum and chat room for the use of research supervisor

Keep in contact with your clinical supervisor colleagues, and share difficult problems with them.  They may have come across them before!  Access NSPC guidance about supervision too

Discussion forums and chats for the teams on the MSc in Psychotherapy Studies (PTS), the MA in Working with Diversity, and the MSc on Typical and Atypical Development (Dev), the online elements of the MA in Existential and Humanist Pastoral Care

Please note that these videos are copyright and must not be copied, downloaded, or made available for sale or even for watching anywhere to any other audience than legitimate users of NSPC's Moodle VLE.

For future development of Moodle

A repository of useful information for tutors including the guidelines that should be read by every tutor