Psychology

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Welcome to the Department of Psychology

We are a forward-looking and energetic department combining excellence in learning and teaching with a strong and active research culture. We strive to provide the best educational experience and take pride in doing so within a friendly, intimate and supportive learning environment.

We offer a growing portfolio of Psychology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our British Psychological Society-accredited degrees explore every aspect of human behaviour, from biological, social and developmental psychology to psychological disorders and cognitive neuroscience.

The department organises an annual seminar series with internal and external guest speakers. These events are open to all staff and students, and students are actively encouraged to attend.

Our research feeds directly into our teaching, ensuring a fresh, vibrant learning experience with academics who have an international reputation in their specialist area. What’s more, there are opportunities for students to get directly involved with our research during their degree.

Our research activity is organised into four research groups and one research centre, focussing on Brain and Cognition, Social and Organisational Psychology, Childhood and Youth Psychology, Healthy Lives and Forensic and Investigative Psychology, and reflecting our research strengths. See below for more information on each.

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Latest news

PhD opportunities in Forensic Psychology

From vulnerable witnesses to interviewing children in a hospital setting, the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology (CFIP) is delighted to announce a fascinating array of postgraduate research supervision opportunities. Visit the CFIP website to find out more and get in touch.

Homeschooling during Lockdown project findings published

Who were the most successful homeschoolers and what was their secret? A major study of parents' experiences of homeschooling by our Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group has found that one of the main keys to success is everyday creativity. Find out more about the Homeschooling during Lockdown project and read the full publication.

Psychology launches Knowledge Exchange Internships Scheme

The Psychology Department is delighted to announce its new Psychology Knowledge Exchange Internships Scheme. Starting in the summer of 2021, this exciting inititative, supported and funded by the University, offers external organisations the opportunity to benefit from our expertise and state of the art resources, while offering students the chance to be involved in real-world research and enhance their skills and employability. To find out more, download the 2021 Psychology Knowledge Exchange Internship Scheme flyer.

Take part in our research

We currently welcome external participants in the following topical research project:

Volunteering for the Covid-19 vaccination effort

Are you, or have you been, a volunteer in the Covid-19 vaccination efforts? Whether you're a volunteer driver or a specialist volunteer, we would love to hear from you. To find out more and get in touch, visit the Volunteering Research Hub website.

Consultancy and research facilities

The Department of Psychology offers consultancy services and has cutting-edge facilities and laboratories for psychology research, as well as cubicles for experimental work. We have also been able to invest in state-of-the-art software and equipment. Explore our excellent facilities.

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Meet the Psychology team

Academic team

Other lecturing staff

Research Staff

Dr Ellen Spencer, Researcher-in-Residence, Centre for Real-World Learning/Creativity Collective

Technical Staff

Visiting Research Fellows

Research in Psychology

REF 2021

The members of UoA4 are all staff within the Psychology Department, which has expanded rapidly in size and research capacity over the period 2014-2021. The Department has a vibrant, inclusive research environment organised around four research groups and one research centre - see below for more information on each.

Over the REF period, members of the Department have been very active research leaders and collaborators with extensive research networks and a track record of research outputs that are co-authored across institutions and internationally.

Find out more about the University of Winchester's REF 2021 submission for Psychology.

Research groups and centres

Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology

The aim of the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology is to encourage and develop research opportunities, as well as dissemination of such research with interested parties, both within the University of Winchester and externally.

Find out more about the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology and meet the team

Criminal Justice Research Network

A collaboration of practitioners and academics working in the field of criminal justice, led by University of Winchester forensic psychology, criminology and policing experts.

Find out more about the Criminal Justice Research Network

Brain and Cognition Research Group

This group conducts work on fundamental cognitive processes and on brain and cognition in relation to a range of settings including health, education and the criminal justice system.

Find out more about the Brain and Cognition Research Group and meet the team

Healthy Lives Research Group

This interdisciplinary group is interested in individual and population health across the lifespan and across different contexts and cultures. Much of the research undertaken by group members is focussed on 'behaviour', whether in terms of typical health behaviours such as physical activity, or aspects such as patient decision-making or health organisations’ working practices.

Find out more about the Healthy Lives Research Group and meet the team

Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group

This group conducts research to understand children’s and adolescents’ social, emotional and cognitive development, with the aim of improving psychological wellbeing, relationships at home and school, and academic achievement.

Find out more about the Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group and meet the team

Social and Organisational Research Group

This group specialises in social psychology, organisational psychology, political psychology, personality and individual differences, and media study, aiming to delineate individual and social behaviours in social and organisational contexts.

Find out more about the Social and Organisational Research Group and meet the team

Postgraduate research

Supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. Our research students are studying a wide range of important and often interdisciplinary topics, supervised by our academic staff.

To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Find out everything you need to know about studying for a research degree at the University of Winchester.

Research and teaching facilities

Our excellent facilities comprise:

  • Electro-encephalography and Neurostimulation Lab
  • Social Interaction Suite
  • Infant and Child Observation Suite
  • Alcohol Research (‘Bar’) Lab
  • Eye Tracking Lab
  • Virtual Reality Lab
  • Colour and Psychophysics Lab
  • A suite of two-person, general-purpose project labs
  • A psychometric test library
  • Psychophysiological measurement equipment (e.g. Actigraphy, BioPAC)
  • Support for a wide range of online experiments (e.g. Qualtrics, Matlab, EPrime)

Find out more about Psychology reseach, teaching and Knowledge Exchange facilities

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