These are exciting times to train as an educational psychologist. Recent key themes emerging from central government – early intervention; removing barriers to learning; raising expectations and achievement; delivering improvements in partnership – all have potentially significant implications for the role of the educational psychologist.
While the final arrangements for these have yet to be settled, we here at Nottingham have been at the forefront of advocating change, and outlining what that change should look like.
Children, their families and carers, teachers, schools and LAs will be looking to support from psychologists whose training and personal qualities have equipped them for these new roles and challenges. In particular, there is a need for applied psychologists who can anticipate and respond to the needs of a society in flux and we strongly welcome a trainee mix that reflects our equal opportunities policy.
The School of Psychology at Nottingham offers exciting prospects for the future of educational, organisational and child psychology. In a time of rapid social change, the problem-solving approach of the course equips our trainee educational psychologists (TEPs) to respond enthusiastically and creatively to the future.
Even more importantly, we are confident that through your training you will be in a position to contribute to future developments of Educational Psychology Service, Integrated Children’s Services and Local Authority policies at the strategic school, teacher and pupil level.
Nottingham-trained TEPs have been particularly successful at interviews over recent years and are highly sought after by many LAs.
The University of Nottingham is a research-led institution which provides the highest quality learning environment and is committed to equal opportunities in employment.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 93% of postgraduates in the School of Psychology who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,901 with the highest being £42,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career Prospects and Employability
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.