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The Collaboration Laboratory (ColLab)

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The Collaboration Laboratory (ColLab) is the space for OU Psychology and Counselling students to get engaged with research in the School. ColLab allows you to participate in (1) ongoing staff research and (2) the First Tuesday Lecture Series where the school’s academic staff share their research with you.

Do either of these activities sound interesting to you? Register for ColLab by clicking on the OPRC ColLab website. Once you have registered, navigate to the list of available studies where you will access information both about participating in research and attending the first Tuesday lectures.

Participate in Ongoing Staff Research

Taking part in staff research allows you a chance to learn more about the methods and content of psychological research discussed in your modules. You can experience studies using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods that have been approved by The Open University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). We aim study participation to be a positive learning experience for you and all researchers to debrief you after you take part in each study, allowing you to accumulate experience of psychology as you participate in studies.

First Tuesday Lecture Series

The first Tuesday Lecture Series is where staff in the School present to you about their developments in their research as they are happening. All lectures are scheduled for 7.30-8.30 on the first Tuesday of the month, including a Question-and-Answer session. Up to 500 students who are registered with the ColLab can attend each lecture.  The first two lectures are below and details of three more talks scheduled for early 2024 will follow shortly. More details about these talks are available to you when you register on the OPRC ColLab website.

  • Dr Evangelos Ntontis ‘Panic in the skies’? Myths and realities about human behaviour in disasters and extreme events” November 7th 2023, 7.30-8.30 pm.
  • Dr David Jones ‘The problem of Borderline Disorder: Psychiatry in a muddle about the mind’ December 5th 2023, 7.30-8.30 p.m.

Previous Lectures in this Series are Now Available on YouTube

If you have any questions about the ColLab or use it as a researcher, please email the team.