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School of Psychology celebrates its history by unveiling pop-up museum

UEL's first head of Psychology returns to campus for the occasion 

By Lee Pinkerton.

The University of East London (UEL) has been celebrating its long and proud history of psychology, with the opening of a pop-up museum.
The museum also welcomed the very first head of department, Emeritus Professor John Radford, who opened the event.
Psychology has been taught at UEL, in its various incarnations, for the last 56 years. The museum showcased and celebrated the history and culture of psychology at UEL through the decades.
It was part of a larger project entitled “Root to rise – Project 1962: Psychology at UEL. Today’s posture, tomorrow’s potentiality”.
Among the guests was Kathryn Scott, the director of policy and communications at the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Professor Radford, a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from the BPS, set up the Psychology Department and launched a BSc (Hons) psychology degree in 1965. He also established the subject as an ‘A' Level in the UK in 1970.
Over the past 50 years, the department has established itself as a pioneer, and it is widely recognised as a professional training provider, influencing the discipline’s evolution.
UEL’s current head of the psychology, Aneta Tunariu said, “There were three main drivers for the event. Firstly, for the staff to experience the pop-up museum, and the quiet inspiration to make a difference that reflections on one’s history can deliver.
“Secondly, for us to inaugurate a new annual tradition of a themed pop-up museum.  And thirdly for our students during their first week of induction and get a sense of the roots, values and collective expertise that houses their programme of study and which will be shaping their training.  
“The annual Psychology-at-UEL pop-up museum will represent an opportunity to pause, gaze respectfully at the past, and acquire bold grounding in the present, catalysing collective responsibility towards the future.”