School of Psychology

About us

The School of Psychology is a large community of academics and professional clinicians undertaking innovative research and delivering high-quality teaching and training.

The research we do, the interventions we develop, and the teaching and training we deliver is intended to provide maximum benefit to individuals and societies. We are concerned with psychological issues across the life-course and across generations, in the face of local and global challenges to wellbeing and psychological health.  

Our students play a key role in society and take pride in their contribution when they are here at Surrey, through their work on placements and professional training year, and make important contributions once they leave the University. Our Alumni are highly in demand and have a valuable and widespread influence in Surrey and across the world. Our research is highly regarded for its rigour, excellence and for its applied focus.

Our core aims

Our research and teaching are focused on:

  • Releasing the life-long potential of the human brain
  • Addressing inequalities in life-course health and wellbeing
  • Embracing changing societies, environments and communities
  • Intervening to create fulfilled, healthy and creative lives
  • Creating innovative assessment, analysis and intervention
  • Informing and influencing policy and practice
  • Educating the professionals of the future

Our approach

A key aspect to our approach to research and teaching is working with non-academic partners and the advantages of this are particularly evident in the opportunities that students have to explore life as a professional psychologist by participating in the Professional Training year. This also contributes to our excellent graduate employment record, which is currently 96.8%.

Our rankings

Our success in providing excellent teaching and student experience is reflected in a number of league tables.

Currently we are ranked:

Our Structure

The School is managed by the Senior Management Team, led by Derek Moore (Head of School). 

The school is sub-divided into two departments. In each department there are five sections that reflect areas of common teaching or research interests.

Each of these has a Section Head who line-manages staff in these sections:

The Department of Psychological Sciences

Head of Department: Paul Sowden 

Brain and Cognition Development and Education Food and Consumer Behaviour Health and Behaviour Change

Social and Environmental

Bertram Opitz Harriet Tenenbaum Monique Raats Chris Fife-Schaw Birgitta Gatersleben

The Department of Psychological Interventions

Head of Department: Mary John

Clinical Academic Clinical Teaching

Clinical Skills

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Talking Therapies

Oliver Mason Kate Gleeson Nan Holmes Elena Manafi Mary John

Equality and diversity

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity and ensuring there is an inclusive culture in the School free from discrimination. 

Our approach is to ensure values of collegiality, respect and professionalism and to uphold dignity and courtesy:

  • We are committed to ensuring access to opportunities for students and staff that do not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, national identity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socio-economic background.
  • We lead the way in research in inequalities and stigma and are proud of the contributions we make to this area.
  • The school is committed to best practice to ensure awareness of policies and procedures and to promote equality and diversity.
  • We actively monitor and intervene to address unfair practice or discrimination affecting any member of the school, and to eliminate bias from all school procedures.
  • We are committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance and a positive working environment.
  • We are currently preparing a submission for our Athena Swan bronze award with complete backing of the senior management team, and have an active Athena Swan action group led by Harriet Tenenbaum.