The best learning environment to help you achieve the most from your studies

Your time studying with us may range from one day to six years. Whatever the length, we’ll make it matter and ensure you have access to the best learning environment.

Our library

Our library and information service is internationally renowned in the mental health and social care sectors. We have everything you need to help you make the most of your time at the Trust and our knowledgeable staff are dedicated to providing you with support, whatever your level of professional or academic experience.

We have an extensive range of books, journals, databases, videos and online sources that are tailored to the requirements of our students, tutors and clinicians.

The library team compiles online reading lists with direct links to essential course materials and subject guides to keep you up to date with the latest developments in major areas of interest.

Students will be assigned a personal librarian who can provide a point of contact should you have any specific queries, plus they’ll make sure you get to know about innovations that could make a difference to you and your work.

Whether you’re here to study, teach, research or practice, the library is committed to providing the dynamic information service you need. 

Online course materials

Whilst you are studying with us, you will enjoy the many benefits of technology enhanced learning (TEL).

Once enrolled (on most but not all courses), you will receive a password and username that gives you access to both the Library catalogues and to the Trust’s virtual learning environment (VLE) called Moodle, which is an online education platform that you can access from anywhere in the world, at any time. 

Once logged into Moodle, you will be enrolled automatically on your course of study, where you’ll be able to find lectures, slides, reading lists and recorded lectures, as well as a link to submit your assignments online.

Moodle also allows you to stay in touch with fellow students and your course team through discussion forums. 

Some courses offer live or synchronous teaching within our virtual classroom. The virtual classroom – which can be accessed from anywhere in the world simply by clicking on a link in an email – allows you to listen to a seminar with slides presented by a tutor or present a project of your own to fellow classmates. You will be able to see and hear your tutor in a video screen and even join in with your own microphone and webcam if you have them. You do not need to install any special software to take part, but we recommend signing up for a free Zoom account.

Our recently refurbished teaching and lecture rooms at the Tavistock Centre include full audio-visual facilities as well as a robust wi-fi network to facilitate the use of your own tablet, smartphone or laptop.

Food and drink

Our fifth floor café provides fresh, home made food every day at very reasonable prices. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are available throughout the day, as well as freshly ground coffee, a variety of teas and a full range of still and sparkling soft drinks.

Our staff and students share the café space and enjoy a changing daily lunch menu with options for vegetarians and vegans.  

Hot and cold drink vending machines are also placed throughout the building.

Common room

A place to rest, study or meet other students, our student common room is available to all students and also offers lockers for bags and other valuables.

Multi-faith reflective space

Our multi-faith reflective room offers a quiet space for spiritual peace and calmness for staff and students at the Trust. 

Teaching facilities

We have a state of the art lecture theatre, as well as seminar rooms and teaching spaces located throughout the Tavistock Centre. Dedicated teaching studios also offer the chance to observe sessions.

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