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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
YULE, William (b 1940)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
92 boxes


Name of creator(s)

YULE, William (b 1940)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, Scotland, 1940; BSc, Psychology, University of Aberdeen, 1962; diploma in clinical psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, 1963; Scientific Officer Medical Research Council, 1963-1964; Research Officer, Department of Child Development, University of London Institute of Education working on educational and medical survey of schoolchildren, Isle of Wight, under Professor Jack Tizard, 1965-1968; Lecturer in Child Development, Institute of Education, 1968-1969; Lecturer in Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, 1968-1969; appointed Honorary Principal Psychologist, Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital, 1973; Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, 1973-1980; also Senior Lecturer in Child Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, 1974-1980; appointed Honorary Top Grade Psychologist, Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital, 1979; Reader in Applied Child Psychology, 1980-1987; Professor of Applied Child Psychology, 1987-2005; Co-Director, School for Life project, Kiev, Ukraine, 1993-2002; Lead Clinician, National and Specialist division, Children's Directorate of South London and Maudsley NHS Trust; 1999-2003; Honorary Consultant in Clinical Psychology to the Army, 2000; Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2008-.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The papers were placed in King's College London Archives by Professor Yule in 2007 and 2008.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of William Yule, 1964-2002, including: questionnaires, test instructions, notes, progress reports, conference papers and articles, 1964-1969, relating to a longitudinal educational and medical survey of schoolchildren on the Isle of Wight (selected as a relatively static but socially and economically cross-representative population: this was the first epidemiological survey of this size to cover child health and the impact of health on educational achievement); questionnaire, articles and notes relating to 1982-1983 study on the effect of lead on children's development, and assessments of the tests used; reports and correspondence, 1987-1990, relating to survivors of the 1987 HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE cross-channel ferry disaster; reports, correspondence, questionnaires and articles, 1988-1996, relating to survivors of the 1988 sinking of the educational cruise ship JUPITER off the coast of Greece, including two studies, 1989-1992 and 1994-1996, of survivors and their experience of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which established the previously debated capacity of adolescents to suffer from PTSD; notes, questionnaires and articles, 1992-1993, relating to a World Health Organisation study, 'Brain development in utero', in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, concerning the prenatal development of children born shortly after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident; reports, 1993-2002, relating to the charitably-funded School for Life, assisting children with severe learning difficulties, Kiev, Ukraine; reports, correspondence and notes, 1995-1996, concerning the joint United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Institute of Psychiatry project to provide psychosocial support to war-affected children, Bosnia.

System of arrangement

The papers are grouped by research topic and the groups are in chronological order.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Please note: Files relating to the medical records of named individuals, and files enabling the identification of participants in medical surveys are closed, to be reviewed 100 years from the date of the most recent document in the file. A small number of administrative files are closed for 30 years. Access may be granted to researchers in certain circumstances, and upon signature of a special undertaking, providing such research is for purely statistical purposes and published data is anonymised such as to prevent the identification of individuals.

Other files are: Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.


Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Head of Archives Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue, available online and in hard copy in the College Archives reading room

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

The papers of Chief Inspector Matthew Sawers, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, include briefing notes, correspondence, and reports, 1994-1996, relating to his service as Deputy Chief of Operations, Western European Union (WEU) Police Contingent, Mostar, Bosnia, Feb-Aug 1996.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Kate O'Brien. Sources: Biographical information from Professor Yule. Also 'Festschrift for William Yule', Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 2005 33, 385-387.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Aug 2009


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  • Child psychiatry
  • Child psychology
  • Disasters
  • Educational psychology
  • Field work
  • Neuroses
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychiatry
  • Research work

Personal names

  • Yule, William (b 1940), Psychologist

Corporate names

  • Herald of Free Enterprise
  • Jupiter
  • cruise ship


  • Chernobyl, Ukraine, Eastern Europe
  • Isle of Wight, Hampshire

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