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DE100 and Essential Skills Weekend

27th - 29th January 2023, Warwick University.
Last date for bookings
Friday, 20 January 2023
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This study weekend is an excellent opportunity to further your understanding about psychology within the context of DE100 and to develop effective study skills to provide a firm foundation for the whole of your degree. It will also help you to get to grips with the various research methods covered in the module which will be so important when progressing through your degree.

The weekend will be useful to all DE100 students, whether they start the module in October or will be starting in February.

Special deal Special deal for OUPS Members !!

We recently changed our contracting arrangements with Warwick and so do not need to hold as much money in reserve as we were obliged to in the past. This has freed up almost £100,000 that we can now give back to our members.

To do this, OUPS will pay £75 towards the cost of each member attending, so the cost of the events to members will be £250. We will also maintain the previous rate for non-members (£345) rather than increasing this to include Warwick's annual increases.

If you are not currently a member but would like to be, just add membership to your basket before checking out and you will get the full discount.

We hope this will help as many students as possible to come along ! 


Studying DE100 not only gives you an excellent introduction to psychology and its different areas, perspectives and theories, but it also gives you the opportunity to develop your academic skills, such as essay writing, critical thinking and referencing, and in addition it gives you a good grounding in the different methodologies used in psychology. Gaining a solid understanding of the material and practising and improving your study skills now will give you a firm foundation to build on at the higher levels of your degree.

This residential weekend at Warwick University is an excellent way to achieve all these aims as well as meeting other students who are studying your module. The weekend is packed with lectures from experienced tutors and you will leave with an overview of the content of the course as well as improved study skills and an understanding of the methodological issues that psychologists are presented with when doing research.

 Many students find that these weekends inspire their studies, offering a different channel to distance learning by providing lectures and social opportunities that are a highlight of traditional "brick" universities. Students always comment on how friendly and supportive the atmosphere is at our weekends so there is no need to feel nervous about coming on your own.

Additional information

Please see our COVID-Secure FAQ for more information about the running of the weekend including our COVID-Secure arrangements.

Refunds and COVID (updated 20th July 2022)

The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and stressful situation, but hopefully we are seeing things returning to normal. We are continually assessing our situation in the light of the official advice, and we want to make our position clear to any of you who are anxious about an existing booking or who are thinking of making a booking on one of our forthcoming events.

If we can get your money back, you can get your money back ...

The primary goal of OUPS is to support as many students as possible, not to make a profit, but as a registered charity we are also obliged to ensure that we manage our funds responsibly. Consequently, our refund policy is to issue refunds for cancellations whenever we are able to recover money from our suppliers. However, if you need to cancel after our cancellation deadline with Warwick has passed, we will have paid for your place and will not be able to reclaim the money to refund you.

Our Terms & Conditions detail our standard cancellation deadlines and fees, and these currently apply because there are no government COVID restrictions at this time. If this changes (e.g. if there was a lockdown that prevented a weekend taking place) then we would expect to be able to recover payments and hence to issue full refunds for all bookings.

What does the weekend offer?

This weekend offers a full programme of eight talks, running from Saturday morning (9.00am) to teatime on Sunday (last talk finishes at 3.00pm).

Attendees can arrive any time after 3pm on Friday afternoon, with dinner served at 6pm. All meals are served on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch are served on Sunday.

As well as covering course related topics and study skills, the sessions also allow students the opportunity of acquiring a better understanding and overview of the course as a whole and the option to discuss issues with the tutors. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course. No matter where you are at with the course material or your level of study, the weekend will provide an excellent opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills.

The lectures will be centred around the various topics in the course and a development of study skills and understanding of methods will be covered in specific sessions. 

*No specific advice on TMAs will be given. 

Joining instructions



The provisional timetable is as follows:

Lecture Day/Time  Session name and details
Friday: 7:45 - 9:30pm Session 1. Introduction (Frederick Toates)
Saturday: 9:00 - 10:30am Session 2. Key features of research (Monika McNeill)
Saturday: 11:00 - 12:45pm Session 3: LearningȘ Bandura and Skinner (Frederick Toates)
Saturday: 2:00 - 3:30pm  Session 4. Experiments and correlations (Monika McNeill)
Saturday: 4:00 - 5:30pm Session 5. Biological psychology (Frederick Toates)
Sunday: 9:00 - 10:30am Session 6. Analysing quantitative data and writing a research report (Monika McNeill)
Sunday: 11:00 - 12:30pm Session 7. Writing an essay and basic DE100-related study skills (planning, academic reading and note-taking) (Monika McNeill)
Sunday: 1:30 - 3:00pm Session 8. Ch5: 'Determined to love' and Ch.9: 'Witnessing and remembering' (Frederick Toates)


The tutors on the weekend are highly experienced and are selected for their unique areas of expertise and different teaching styles.  One thing they have in common is their ability to explain things simply and clearly.

  • Frederick Toates


    Professor Frederick Toates is Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology at the Open University, where he has over 41 years experience of teaching and tutoring. An author on DE100 as well as many OU other courses, including SDK100, DE200 and SDK228, his book  Biological Psychology (3rd edition, Pearson Education, Harlow) forms a popular and recommended text in a number of universities throughout the world. He has also had a book on B.F. Skinner published.  Fred has taught undergraduate classes not only in the UK but also in the Netherlands, Moldova, Romania, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Many of you will know Professor Toates from his involvement in the student forums, where he often provides very helpful and timely explanations in response to students' queries.


  • Monika McNeill


    Dr Monika McNeill is a lecturer in Psychology with over 20 years of experience; currently based at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she is a Deputy Programme Leader, module leader and a popular lecturer in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. Her research interests are face and emotion identification, and new media use. Monika has also worked at The Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Psychology for over 14 years and is a regular tutor at weekend revision courses for OUPS.

    She also supervises projects at the BSc, MSc, and DPsych levels, as well as contributing to a number of modules, e.g. Forensic Psychology, Research Methods, etc. Dr McNeill has nine years of experience working as an applied psychologist, providing interventions and developing psychological programmes for young adults and children with Asperger Syndrome.

Printed material

Please note that this is a paperless event.

To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will make electronic copies of any relevant handouts available to all registered attendees, either in advance so that those who need printed versions have plenty of time to organise these, or shortly after the event if the tutor has decided that this is more appropriate for their lecture. These are for attendees' personal use and may not be shared.

We'd like to thank our tutors for working to ensure that their presentations do not contain material to which they do not have copyright and for making them available in this way. And in advance, we'd like to thank all of you who support us in actively contributing toward a paperless environment and saving a few trees along the way !


These are some of the comments that students have made about the weekend in the past:

'The weekend is really excellent in every way - perfectly organised and the tutors excellent'

'Really enjoyable. I found the weekend really stimulating and thought provoking. Will definitely be coming back to another one'

'With both tutors I felt able to question and query anything - they were both approachable'

I enjoyed them very much, they were very imaginative and I felt like I learned a lot and they presented very well

'I've enjoyed myself tremendously. It was informative and has consolidated the material in the text book and left me with a greater enthusiasm than I had before, which was probably high to begin with.'

'Very stimulating! Full of insight and camaraderie. I think it will be very helpful to complete the module'

'There was a variety of lectures. Everybody was very friendly - tutors and students alike.'

I just wanted to say what a great event it was at Warwick University this weekend. Really constructive learning and skills development. Met some really fabulous people. Thanks are due for great organisation and presentations. Hope to see some folks again in London next month. On with the TMA then! Thanks Frederick Toates!

What to expect

The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will have been provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes before you arrive.

You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room in management conference facilities complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. 

The full cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and assessment, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, and the same breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tea/coffee/snack breaks during the day are still included.

The welcome briefing is a great opportunity to meet the tutors and other students over a free glass of wine or soft drink. Our OUPS committee member will also introduce themselves so you'll know who to contact if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy catering, and there is something to entice everyone.

Unfortunately because of the COVID situation we are not able to hold our book stall, which is usually a social centre in itself ! However we hope that you will be able to enjoy the facilities, including the outdoor areas, to meet as many others as you would like to.

Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!


The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.

Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.


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