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School of Social Sciences

A dynamic academic community where students work alongside staff

Comprising Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Language sciences, Politics and International Relations, this is a fast developing academic community with many of the staff being recognised for the quality of their research, as well as the quality of their teaching. High levels of student satisfaction across the school demonstrates the success of ensuring that the teaching and learning is constantly updated and made relevant by internationally significant research.Many of our academic staff were submitted in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and were recognise as producing world leading, internationally excellence and recognised research. Among our leading researchers are Professor Gijsbert Stoet who is working to improve our understanding of performance gaps between boys and girl in school and develop ways in which we can reduce these. Dr Rachel Julian has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to explore how local knowledge has been used in Myanmar to promote community resilience against violence and Dr Jim Morgan is leading two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) developing and testing behavioural interventions to further improve safety for those working in the railway industry.

Complementing the value of research informed teaching, is our focus on learning through practice. We are constantly innovating both what and how we teach so that students can apply their learning to the world around them. One of our leading examples are our modules in Criminology, where students are taught alongside people currently in the prison system. Many of our courses also provide students with the opportunity to undertake professional placements or volunteering. Both support students in developing an understanding of the real world challenges that are at the core of Social Sciences.

Creating a dynamic academic community where students work alongside our staff is important to the School. However, we also recognise that students should demand and receive outstanding service from the School, throughout their time at university, to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential. For these reasons, we are continually enhancing our services to students to ensure that they meet the exacting standards of the Customer Service Excellence, gold standard.

Our Academic Team
Dr Anna Abraham Gemma Ahearne Halima Ahmed Rachael Aplin Dr Laura Ashley Dr Linda Asquith Sarah Asquith Dr Matt Badcock Professor Paul Blackledge Dr Peter Branney Dr Madeleine Castro Dr Tom Cockcroft Elliot Cohen Dr Don Crewe Dr Matteo Curcuruto Dr Bill Davies Dr Laura Davies Dr Katy Day Dr Maria De Angelis Naomi de Graff Dr Nova Deighton-Smith Dr Cecilia Devers Dr Katie Dhingra Jessica Drakett Dr Anthony Drummond Dr Neil Dugdale Dr Emma Dunmore Dr Helen Fawkner Anthony Forde Sally Foster Dr Katerina Gachevska Dr Natalia Gerodetti Dr Jess Gifkins Sarah Gillborn Dr Sabrina Golonka Dr Tom Goodwin Professor Brendan Gough Dr John Gregson Angela Grier Nicola Groves Dr Trish Holch Jane Hughes Dr Amanda Hynan Dr Joseph Ibrahim Dr Sarah James Dr Sarah James Glen Jankowski Ali Javaid Professor Georgina Jones Saskia Jones Dr Rachel Julian Oriel Kenny Mumtaz Khan Dr Zoe Kolokotroni Jennifer Landells Daniel Leach Dr Maggie Leese Dr Billie Lister Adam Lowe Dr Neda Mahmoodi Dr Nina Martin Jordan Marwood Bevis McNeil Dr Kate Milnes Dr Jade Moran Dr Jim Morgan Tom Muskett Helen Nichols Dr Darren Nixon Professor Alex Nunn Dorron Otter Dr Kata Pauly-Takacs Dr Anna Pechurina Lorette Porter Dr Sophia Price Mollie Price Dr Thomas Purcell Dr Robin Redhead Jane Redshaw Dr Bridgette Rickett Jason Round Dr Conrad Russell Rowan Sandle Dr Danielle Selby Dr Therese Shepherd Professor Gijsbert Stoet Dr Steve Taylor Lindsey Thiel Dr Chris Till Dr Jason Tipples Dr Waqas Tufail Dr Tamara Turner-Moore Professor Colin Webster Dr Paul Wetherly Dr Nicole Whitworth Dr Eleanor Willard Dr John Willott Amanda Wilson Dr Andrew Wilson Dr Lydia Windisch Dr Maxine Woolhouse Dr Helen Woolnough Dr Steve Wright Dr Suzie Xu Wang Dr Suzanne Young Dr Maria Zammit

Subject Areas

The Criminology team has 21 full-time members of staff and serves around 800 students. It runs two undergraduate programmes, Criminology and Criminology with Psychology, and a masters degree in Criminology. A number of PhD students are also working towards doctorates.
The Psychology group has 36 full time members of academic staff, eight graduate teaching assistants and regular visiting lecturers from a variety specialist areas (e.g Clinical Psychology).
Undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses provide students with cutting-edge knowledge in the disciplines of sociology and social psychology.

Continuing Professional Development

We recognise that every organisation needs to be adaptable, informed and agile in order to remain efficient and effective in times of constant change. Each year, our university helps to ensure more than 2,000 practising professionals keep up-to-date with the skills, knowledge an innovative practice they need.

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We offer a range of courses at all levels, and our Centre for Applied Social Research undertakes research across a broad variety of topics. This research goes on to influence policy and practice in areas including global inequalities, crime and justice, speech and language, gender identities, and cognition and behaviour.

Our Research

Jenny Briant: BA (Hons) Psychology and Society

Psychology courses


Communication and Interpersonal Skills Suite

Our suite of interpersonal skills rooms enable observational research of the practice, behaviour and skill acquisition involved in areas such as counselling, interviewing, leadership, development and focus group techniques. The rooms come equipped with video recording facilities so people can reflect upon and improve their practice, and our interview and control suites are equipped with two-way mirrors and DVD and audio links between rooms.

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Psychology Laboratories

Our laboratories are suitable for a variety of uses, including computer-based experiments, interviews and focus groups. Electroencephalography and eye-tracking equipment is situated in a dedicated laboratory, and our cognition and perception rooms are designed for those undertaking research into memory, thinking, reasoning and how our senses process various stimuli. We also offer two Qualisys ProReflex high-speed cameras, a Wacom tablet and two Nintendo Wii Fit balance boards.

For Business

We offer a number of professional services for business. Whether you’re looking for collaboration on a project or are in need of expert consultancy we can more than meet your needs. We provide:

  • Consultancy.
  • Contract research (including service evaluation).
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
  • Access to modern facilities.
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