Societies and Volunteering/  Cymdeithasau ac Gwirfoddoli

Volunteering and joining societies might not be the top of your ‘things to do list’ during induction week, but it is a great way of making friends, helping others and it is never to early to gain experience you can add to your CV.

Here we list some of the societies that are most popular with our psychology students.

Efallai nad yw gwirfoddoli nac ymuno â chymdeithasau ar frig eich rhestr o ‘bethau i’w gwneud’ yn ystod wythnos gofrestru, ond mar’n fford wych o wneud ffrindiau, helpu eraill ac nid yw hi’n rhy gynnar i ennill profiad i ychwanegu et eich CV. 

Dym restr o rai o’r cymdeithasau sydd fwyaf poblogaidd ymysg ein myfyrwyr seicoleg.

Psychology Society:

Welcome all Psychology students and congratulations to those lucky individuals getting into Swansea University! We would like to invite everyone to join our page and get involved with the society this year!

Over the summer, we’ve been busy working on a number of projects. Last Year we ran many events including our annual book sale and our first Staff versus Student Pub Quiz which raised £200 for the Mind Charity.

Staff quiz
Staff Team – won this year but looking forward to a rematch!

We are going to be at Fresher’s Fayre on Singleton Campus on the 26th September, where you can come and meet us and see us modelling society merchandise! Hope everyone enjoyed their summer break and we look forward to meeting (and more importantly partying) with many new faces this year!

Find out more about PsychSoc’s and it’s Committee members Psychology Society here

Discovery :



Discovery is a registered charity that was established in 1966 by a group of hard working students who wanted to make a difference in the local community.  Today we have over 20 projects and more than 300 hundred valued volunteers including 8 student trustees and 20 student project coordinators.


Our projects are split in to 4 teams: Inspire Interact, Involve and International:

  • Inspire projects work with children and young people.
  • Involve projects work with vulnerable adults.
  • Interact projects are all about getting hands on and sometimes a bit muddy.
  • International project are all based around our Swansea Siavonga Partnership!


Discovery aims to…

Enrich the lives of disadvantaged people

Challenge discrimination

Support people with disabilities in Swansea

Previously awarded the Queens awards!

Discovery is fantastic for Psychology students as it provides us with work experience to standout when applying for jobs. Psychology students make up a large percentage of Discovery’s volunteers.  Based in the university Discovery provides a range of projects working with people with and without disabilities. Two of the best projects for Psychology students are: Inside Out a project working with children with autism and Active 18 which is a social group for adults with learning difficulties.

See the Discovery Website for more information. 

Why not check out their facebook page?

Student Minds:

B-N3K9-IEAAHxZlStudent Minds Society is a non-profit charitable organisation that brings mental health awareness to campus by campaigning and fundraising, as well as promoting positive well-being on campus and sign-posting individuals towards the right services for their needs. This year the society hope to focus on helping students through the exam period, as well as continuing all the fantastic campaigning events of previous years and possibly a few new ones.

B-IKyVZIMAAi05mPreviously the society had year-round bake sales for the charity “Mind” and held a “misconceptions of mental illness” event on University Mental Health day. On University Mental Health Day we merged together with the wellbeing services to create one big awareness event. While the wellbeing services invited people to take part in “mind-apples” (a huge tree where everyone can attach an apple to it to say how they think the University could improve mental health services), we invited people to take part in our misconceptions quiz and fun photobooth with props. We also worked with Hayley in the advice centre and Sian from wellbeing to decide whether the university would benefit from “live life to the full”- a project dedicated to helping University students through the tough transition to University life.

Anyone can get involved! We’ll have a stall at freshers fayre where people can sign up, we also have a Facebook page ‘Swansea student minds’ which people can join and keep up to date with everything that’s going on!


The British Psychology Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologist in the UK. The BPS is a central body and whilst not a society ran by the University there is a University representative and is worth joining.   The BPS are responsible for developing, promoting and applying psychology for the public good. They also enhance the efficiency and usefulness of psychologists by setting high standards of professional education and knowledge. At Swansea our Psychology Undergraduate degree is accredited by the BPS, this means that they have approved the modules that are being taught and that they provide the basis to go on and do a Masters or PhD. Being a member of the BPS is something that is recommended to Psychology Students because they provide information for talks and careers which are of interest to undergraduate psychology students.

The BPS are also involved with writing blogs which are useful for background reading for your modules. It’s also a great way to expand your general knowledge and find areas of interest which will help you when you’re trying to pick a 3rd Year Project! (But that’s a while away yet) Follow this link for the BPS blogs.

There are many things that the BPS are involved with, below we have information from two students who have received funding from the BPS for a summer assistantship during their undergraduate degrees.


BPS Summer Research Assistantship

Previously two of our undergraduates students were awarded funding from the BPS to conduct research over the summer of their penultimate year of study



Rochelle Embling  – under the supervision of Dr. Laura Wilkinson was funded for 8 weeks over summer 2016 to conduct research in the SNAC lab. To find out more please click here.



Lauren Dillon – under the supervision of Dr Victoria Lovett was funded for 8 weeks over Summer 2015 to conduct research in the Playlab Swansea. To find out more please click here.