The Erasmus Mundus Master in WOP-P has been recognised as a success story (2018) by the European Commission

The Erasmus Mundus Master in WOP-P has been recognised as a success story (2018) by the European Commission:

It has been one of the seven international programmes with this recognition.

Congratulations to the WOP-P Community!

“The Master in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology (WOP-P) aims to provide excellent experts in WOP-P for the enduring and new challenges and demands of workers, enterprises, public and third sector, social agents, and the society. To this end, the WOP-P Master: a) trains competencies related to both performance and well-being of individual employees, work-units, and organizations; b) offers a rigorous preparation of WOP Psychologists following the Scientist-Practitioner Model; c) develops an integrated program in order to stimulate the joint diploma in WOP-P and the recognition of the diploma across European countries, as well as the dialogue between Europe and other parts of the world; and d) promote students’ career development and their opportunities in professional and research settings (doctoral programmes).”

See the full text and more information at:

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2011-0157

Students participated in the last Coordinating Meeting of the Master, Bologna November 2018

During the periodic meeting of the WOP Master’s Coordination Committee, held in Cécena on 6 and 7 November, representatives of the students were present. Maha Yomn Sbaa and Guido Martinolli, both first and second-year students respectively had the opportunity to attend the presentation and treatment of topics that are of interest to the master’s students. He has also had the opportunity to convey his concerns and ask questions to the Coordinating Committee. These practices of student participation in such meetings are common and are very appreciated by both students and Coordinators.

Collaboration between the “Erasmus Mundus WOP-P Master” and “Escola Gavina”, Valencia, Spain.

On 16th November 2018, the students of the first year of the WOP-P Master visited “Escola Gavina” school as part of the training program at the Organizational Psychology classes. One of the objectives of the course “Organizational Psychology and Organizational behaviour” is “To analyze inter-organizational relationships and organizations in a network, with a stakeholder multicultural approach”. In order to achieve this objective, a partnership has been developed between the Master WOP-P and “Escola Gavina”. Escola Gavina is an education cooperative, formed by teachers and administration and services’ staff that shares an educational project with the students’ families. Nowadays it is a small school of three hundred and fifty students, from 3 to 16 years old. However, it is a centre of reference in the Valencian educational world.

During their visit to the school, WOP-P Master’s students had the opportunity to interview some of the members of the managerial board and the rector council of the cooperative about the organizational characteristics of the cooperative and its network of organizational relationships. In turn, WOP-P students were interviewed by students at the last year of secondary education (4th grade ESO) about their career paths and studying abroad.

Both parts of this inter-organizational collaboration are very satisfied with the results and willing to look forward to further collaborations.
We would also thank Escola Gavina and their managerial board for their kind and warm reception.

 

Professor Danielle Teixeira Tavares Monteiro from Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, gives a conference at University of Coimbra

 

On October 17, 2018, Professor Carla Carvalho, responsible for the curricular unit – Psychology and Quality of Life at Work, 1st year of the European Masters, invited Professor Danielle Teixeira Tavares Monteiro, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais ( PUC-MG), Brazil for a conference whose theme was the description of an Intervention process in occupational health psychology that the said teacher performed in an organization of the Brazilian state.

The objective of this intervention was to improve the quality of life at work. This was followed by a debate with the 1st year students of the European Masters, from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra. This event was a great and valid contribution to the enrichment of the knowledge of the students of this master’s degree.

 

 

WOP-P Master’s Testimonial 

I graduated from the WOP-P programme in July 2018, my home university was the University of Valencia (Spain) and my host university was the University of Coimbra (Portugal). I completed my internship at Organization and Management Solutions (OMS) at the University of Guelph (Canada). I am now working in consulting in Johannesburg, South Africa. I could not recommend the WOP-P master’s programme enough, as it turned out to be the best training I could have ever expected. What sets this programme apart from other graduate programmes in WOP psychology globally is the equal focus on theoretical knowledge, practical skills and critical soft skills needed to be a top performing practitioner in the field. It also provides students with exceptional personal growth and an international perspective.

In terms of theoretical knowledge, I was amazed at the diversity of topics that we were exposed to within WOP psychology. We not only learned the foundational theories that shaped the discipline today, but we also learned invaluable modern theories, models and techniques that are vital in understanding human behaviour at work from experts in these fields. The education students get through this programme is unparalleled. We learnt theories about leadership, motivation, models to measure organizational culture, how to measure interventions statistically, how to design selection systems, change management frameworks, evidence-based management, psychosocial risk analysis and experiential learning to change attitudes (to name a few).

In addition to the excellent theoretical training we get, we also learnt how to apply work psychology to real organizational problems by doing many “consulting” assignments in groups where we were expected to design an intervention, training, workshop, proposal or new system to help an organization to be more effective. The programme simulates a consulting environment, where you are taught how to produce good quality solutions in short time frames in multicultural teams. Within this environment, you learn how to navigate cultural differences and how to use this diversity to enrich your ideas. You also learn some aspects of professionalism and how to manage your time.

The professors in the programme are some of the most revered in the world in their fields. This gives students the opportunity to contribute to important areas of WOP psychology through joining the research teams of these great researchers through their master’s thesis. I found that the professors in the programme were not only excellent researchers and academics but were some of the best teachers I have ever had in my academic career. They always found interactive, creative and energising ways to impart their knowledge onto students. In addition to the professors in the programme, we were also lucky enough to have many experts in various fields (such as training design, knowledge management and virtual work teams) flown into Valencia/ Coimbra to teach us about their topics.

Doing this programme has been hugely impactful for me both professionally and personally. Professionally, now that I am working in consulting, I really feel well equipped to tackle any project that I am put on (from workshop design, doing needs analyses, designing performance management systems to running engagement surveys). I also feel as if the new techniques and methods I learned in the master’s programme have been invaluable for the company I am working in as I have incorporated these into various projects and it has enhanced the service we give to our clients. For example, I incorporated a technique we learned in the programme called “appreciative inquiry” into a workshop I did with managers and it worked brilliantly in helping these managers with their strategic planning for the upcoming year.

Personally, living in three different countries and getting to know 17 different nationalities through the course of the programme gave us all immeasurable personal growth and deep friendships that we will have forever.

If you are considering the WOP-P programme, I strongly recommend that you apply, and enrol if you get in. It will be hard work, but it will no doubt be two of the best years of your life.

 

Michelle Renecle

The closing session of the XI Edition of the WOP-P Master at Valencia and Barcelona universities

On  July 11th the University of Valencia celebrated the closing session of the 11th edition of WOP-P Master, after two intensive days of presentations of the master theses.

Professors José Ramos, Vicente Martínez, Vicente González and Nuria Tordera presided over the ceremony and spoke a few words; also, students Naiara Vidal sellés and Michelle Suzanne Renecle had the opportunity to take the stage to deliver an emotional presentation and farewell speech.

 

 

On July 12 also took place the Closing Ceremony of the WOP-P Master in the University of Barcelona. PhD. Maribel Peró Academic and Students Vice-dean chaired the session. This event was attended by PhD. Marina Romeo, Mr Alvaro Torres (WOP-P alumni and extraordinary prize 2018), and PhD. Ricardo Blasco, who taught a master class.

Also, for the occasion of PhD. Ricardo Blasco retirement, PdD. Marina Romeo awarded him a plaque in recognition of the contribution and dedication to WOP-P Master. ”

Prof. Richard Griffith offered a course on Intervention in Organizations during the Winter School “Robert Roe & Bernhard Wilpert” (Joint Intensive Learning Unit)

 

Professor Richard Griffith visited the University of Valencia with the aim of participating in teaching activities in the Erasmus Mundus Master in Work Psychology, Organizations and Human Resources. During February 2018 he gave a course on “Intervention in Organizations ” to the students of second of the master during the Winter School “Robert Roe & Bernhard Wilpert” (Joint Intensive Learning Unit).

The course focused on analyzing the Organizational context that includes aspects such as globalization, migration, labour market, technological developments, etc. as well as the differences between regions to subsequently apply this information to the development of a specific Organizational Intervention. It was taught with a participatory methodology in which the students developed various tasks, both in groups and individually.

All the activities have been supported by a grant from Banco Santander BS and Vicerectorate for Postgraduate Studies.

 

Prof. Fred Zijlstra offered a course on Intervention in Organizations during the Winter School “Robert Roe & Bernhard Wilpert” (Joint Intensive Learning Unit)

Professor  Fred Zijlstra visited the University of Valencia with the aim of participating in teaching activities in the Erasmus Mundus Master in Work Psychology, Organizations and Human Resources. During February 2018 he gave a course on “Intervention in Organizations ” to the students of second of the master during the Winter School “Robert Roe & Bernhard Wilpert” (Joint Intensive Learning Unit).

The course focused on developing an organizational intervention in the area, strongly consolidated in Work and Organizational Psychology, health promotion and risk prevention. It was taught with a participatory methodology in which the students developed various tasks, both in groups and individually.

All the activities have been supported by a grant from Banco Santander BS and Vicerectorate for Postgraduate Studies.

Dr. Amanda Simpson’s lecture on ‘Youth and Work: A focus on skills’

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Amanda Simpson is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West of Scotland. Her research focuses on the skills and abilities that young workers are exposed to in the workplace. She has worked on several employment projects focusing on policy and practice; including projects for the Department for Education in England, and in the Isle of Mann, and for the Scottish Executive. She currently resides in the West of Scotland and looks after a Castle in her spare time.

The lecture ‘Youth and Work: A focus on skills’ took place at the Universitat de València on April 17th.