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School of Social Sciences


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).

Our current Psychology teaching portfolio includes BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Psychology (conversion award – onsite and distance learning delivery) as well as a thriving PhD community of 30 students. All of our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Our student numbers have grown significantly over recent years, reflecting the quality and diversity of our curriculum and reputation for excellent teaching. We are very proud of our commitment to providing an excellent student learning experience.

In recent years we have significantly developed our research programme, which is currently organised around three core areas: Cognition & Behaviour; Gender & Sexuality; Health Psychology. Each of these areas is led by a Professor and within each area there are several specialist research groups. In the Cognition & Behaviour area, staff research a range of topics including memory, human movement, addiction, creativity and communication; in Gender & Sexuality, topics include sexual harassment, food, masculinity and sexual bullying; in Health Psychology, topics include chronic illness and quality of life, psychological interventions, health and safety at work, and body image. Staff publish in a range of high profile journals and attract funding for research projects from diverse sources, including the EU, the ESRC, NIHR and Innovate UK. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) our research was rated as 40% world-leading/internationally excellent and 40% internationally recognised.

Psychology research at our University has an applied focus, and the main users of our research are practitioners, professionals and policy makers working in areas related to health and wellbeing. Our research produces impact by providing an evidence base that informs policy and practice, thereby leading to improved outcomes for service users, organisations, charities and other user groups. For example, our EU-funded project on Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe (ASBAE) produced an intervention with and for young people which is now freely available to use for teachers, youth workers and other professionals, visit the ASBAE website for more information. Another project focuses on improving safety procedures in the UK railway industry and is a collaboration with VolkerRail, led by Dr Jim Morgan. We continue to invest in new accommodation and facilities to support the Psychology Group’s rapidly developing teaching and research excellence.

PhD Students

• Gemma Ahearne • Halima Ahmed • Sarah Asquith • Chris Athanasios • Brian Charleworth • Gaibani Nahid • Sarah Gillborn • Agnes Henson • Jessica Drakett • Saskia Jones • Robin Kaye • Daniel Leach • Emma Longfellow • Adam Lowe • Jordan Marwood • Lusi Nuryanti • Shinta Prastyanti • Mollie Price • Rowan Sandle • Lauren Smith • The Rev Christopher van D'Arque •  Rebecca Wray • Sue Walker

Psychology Courses