Kent’s School of Psychology awarded trio of accreditations

Olivia Miller

The School of Psychology has become the first university to achieve accreditation for three of its student programmes from the Association for Business Psychology (ABP), under its 2020 standards.

The ABP champions business psychology and brings together those involved in improving business performance and quality for professionals within the sector. It is recognised for its robust accreditation and revalidation process for educational programmes.

The School of Psychology’s accreditations have been awarded for two undergraduate courses – BSc (Hons) Business Psychology and BSc Business Psychology with a Placement Year (led by Dr Dawn H. Nicholson), which were newly launched in October 2019, and the taught postgraduate programme, MSc Organisational and Business Psychology (led by Dr Hannah Swift). This demonstrates the quality of the University’s programmes, with the accreditation report hailing them as ‘relevant and innovative’ and designed for ‘enhanced graduate and partnership outcomes’.

Valid for five years, the accreditations bring a range of benefits for current and future students such as exclusive content, event presentations and training courses. All undergraduate students will receive two years of free membership. MSc students will also receive free membership during their studies and, following graduation, will be able to refer to themselves as Associate Business Psychologists – the first level of ABP certification.

Professor David Williams, Head of the School of Psychology, said: ‘We are delighted to have been successfully accredited for three of our student programmes by the Association for Business Psychology. To be the first University to have three different programmes awarded under the ABP’s new requirements is a testament to the hard work of the school’s staff, partners and students. This is an exciting opportunity for students to reap the benefits of membership throughout their studies.’