A range of library resources is available to learners. The College library opens from 8:30am-9:15am, during lunch and from 5:00pm-6:00pm each day. There are over 1,200 books available in the library. Additionally, learners have access to thousands of online journals, via EBSCO’s Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Collection. Each learner can log into our online database, with their unique username and password, and can access these resources from any location with WiFi. Furthermore, each lecturer will post a range of reading material in the Moodle section related to any given module. Learners are not encouraged to purchase vast quantities of texts, and instead are provided with access to relevant, up-to-date reading material and research.
Each programme commences with an induction and orientation day. This covers all aspects of the programme content, delivery, assessment and requirements. Induction provides the learner with an opportunity to become familiar with the environment, peers and faculty members. Induction is also important for establishing a class contract. Throughout the academic year, a range of additional tutorials are provided for learners on topics such as ‘Academic Writing’, ‘Research Skills’, ‘Preparing for Clinical Placement’ and ‘Skills Practice’. These additional tutorials generally take place during student care time, and are open to all learners on the programme.
In keeping with the IICP’s philosophy, there is a personalised system of support for each learner. Furthermore, there is a strong emphasis on generating group cohesiveness within our classes, whereby learners can be both a resource and a support to each other in relation to study, research and professional practice. Formal and informal opportunities are provided to assist in this process; for example, in our BA (Hons) and Masters courses we offer students the following:
- Student care is provided formally from 5pm-6pm each teaching day and informally outside of these hours, by appointment.
- On-going evaluation and feedback.
- Self-directed learning opportunities.
- Placements for clinical practice.
- Group supervision.
- Peer study groups.
Learners can contact their module lecturers for further guidance through e-mail, where appropriate. Each learner has the option of arranging further learning supports during the pastoral care time at the end of each training day. This period is an important factor in learner support and care. Module lecturers make themselves available for casual or appointed meetings with learners. Generally, this period of the day is very helpful to learners for answering questions or concerns they have about the programme. This pastoral care time also gives lecturers an opportunity to get to know the learners on a one-to-one basis and to become more familiar with their individual needs. Formal one-to-one meetings, which aim to explore progress and provide feedback, are also built into the programme.
Each class elect a class liaison. Class liaisons play a vital role in the college. They are instrumental in keeping class members and the faculty in contact with one another and in keeping the College’s community alive. Class liaisons are elected to represent the learners’ views and to communicate these views in a manner that best reflects the ethos and philosophy of the Institute. There is a class representative appointed to the Academic Committee of the College, so that learners’ voices are heard and so that feedback can enhance the on-going development of the programmes.