The School of Psychology is a research intensive department with a commitment to working in partnership with industry, commerce and the professions. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme fosters links between academic institutions and businesses for the transfer of skills and knowledge within a particular field such as Psychology. KTPs are a national flagship government funded initiative helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that are available within a UK-Knowledge base.
The School of Psychology has a long history of integrating applied psychology theories and ideas in to real world applications. This is built around the department’s six core research groupings:
Developmental Psychology Research Group
This group focuses on developmental processes in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood, and ranges across a variety of topics. Research has been funded by ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the DTI, the European Commission, and the International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS), amongst other bodies.
Environmental Psychology Research Group
With an international reputation in research and teaching the department was the first in the world to establish an MSc in Environmental Psychology in 1973. Since then there have been well over 250 graduates of the course from over 25 countries worldwide. It remains one of few such postgraduate courses in the world and the only one in the UK.
Forensic Psychology Research Group
We aim to make psychology accessible to all. This drives a set of ecologically valid research programmes that keeps well-being in the community at the heart of our practitioner training. We train applied forensic psychology practitioners for work across the range of public/private/voluntary sector services.
Health Psychology Research Group
Work covers a range of health related areas including personality and health, obesity, diet, smoking, exercise and communication, therapeutic interventions. The research has been supported by grants from numerous sources including the EU, the Nuffield Foundation, Wellcome Trust, MRC, ESRC, the FSA, the DoH and the National Institutes of Health (USA).
Perception and Cognition Research Group
Spanning the gamut from the neural bases of plasticity, movement perception and control through visual and auditory psychophysics, visual cognition, executive processes and attention, theories of reasoning and on to theories of consciousness, research. has been supported by BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, Wellcome and industry (e.g. the Lundbeck grant in 2005).
Social Psychology Research Group
It has been the centre for many cross-national studies and has attracted funding from research councils and local and national government departments.