Naomi completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2005, which included a professional training year in educational psychology with Dorset County Educational Psychology Service. She then completed an MSc in Psychology of Early Development at the University of Reading in 2006, before returning to Surrey to undertake a PhD. Naomi has been working at the University of Surrey since September 2009. Naomi is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded National Teaching Fellowship in 2016.
Areas of specialism
Cognition and Learning;
Assessment and Feedback
University roles and responsibilities
- Director, Surrey Assessment and Learning Lab
- Head of the Department of Higher Education
Affiliations and memberships
In the media
Naomi is a cognitive psychologist specialising in learning behaviour and engagement with education. Naomi’s research focuses on the processing and implementation of feedback, educational transitions, and educational identities. Her work has been published in leading journals including Educational Psychologist, Studies in Higher Education, and Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, as well as the Times Higher. Her work has been funded by the Higher Education Academy, the Medical Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and the Society for Research into Higher Education. Naomi is Director of the Surrey Assessment and Learning Lab.
Naomi has extensive experience of academic leadership, having held the positions of Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey, and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey.
Naomi is an Academic Consultant for the Higher Education Academy, and through this role has published the Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit, an evidence-based set of resources to support students in becoming more proficient in implementing the feedback that they receive (tinyurl.com/HEA-deft). She also runs CPD events and workshops at Universities, Schools and Colleges across the UK, to support educators and students to enhance the impact of assessment and feedback on learning and development. Naomi is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a National Teaching Fellow.
Indicators of esteem
American Psychological Association, Division 15 (Educational Psychology)
2017 Outstanding Article Award
Naomi E. Winstone, Robert A. Nash, Michael Parker, & James Rowntree
Supporting learners’ agentic engagement with feedback: A systematic review and a taxonomy of recipience processes.
Naomi teaches on the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, the MA in Higher Education, the MSc in Developmental Psychology Research & Practice, and the BSc(Hons) Psychology programme.
Postgraduate research supervision
- Awarded 04/12: Abeer Alkeshnam, Intercultural Competence: Components and Measurement.
- Awarded 04/16: Yousuf Almurtaji, The relationships between behavioural problems and academic achievement in Kuwait Primary Schools.
- Awarded 02/19: Anna Cook, Friendship, bullying and the impact of inclusion on attitudes towards children with autism.
- 10/16 - present: Sarah Hack, Decision making in educational assessment: factors influencing cognitive strategies and errors in examiners’ marking judgements.
- 10/16 - present: Chelsea Dainton, Towards a neurocognitive framework of feedback processing in educational settings: Feedback related negativity signals and the information value of evaluative and directive feedback.
- 10/16 - present: Anna Kauer, Precursors of creative achievement in pre-school children: Do low latent inhibition and high executive function predict creative achievement in children as they do in adults?
- 10/17 – present: Danielle Evans, ‘Biological Literacy’: From Signature Pedagogies to Laboratory Simulation.
- 10/17- present: Sue Richardson, Facilitating teaching interventions in the classroom to improve the study skills of Popular Music Education degree students.
- 09/18- present: Veronica Rovagnati (University of Kent), Students’ cognitive, affective and behavioural engagement with feedback in higher education.
- 07/19 - present: Yvonne Smyth, Exploring the pedagogy of a virtual reality (VR) program in midwifery and paramedic education.
Postgraduate research supervision
Naomi is interested in supervising PhD projects in the fields of cognitive psychology, assessment, and feedback.
Winstone, N. E., & Boud, D. (2019). Exploring cultures of feedback practice: The adoption of learning-focused feedback practices in the UK and Australia. Higher Education Research and Development, 38(2), 411-425.
Winstone, N. E., & Carless, D. (2019). Designing effective feedback processes in higher education: A learning-focused approach. London: Routledge.
Nash, R. A., Winstone, N. E., Gregory, S. E. A., & Papps, E. (2018). A memory advantage for past-oriented over future-oriented performance feedback. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44(12), 1864-1879.
Winstone, N. E., Nash., R., Parker, M., & Rowntree, J. (2017). Supporting learners’ engagement with feedback: A systematic review and a taxonomy of recipience processes. Educational Psychologist, 52, 17-37. [WINNER OF AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION DIVISION 15 ‘BEST ARTICLE’ AWARD 2017]
Winstone, N. E., Nash, R., Rowntree, J., & Parker, M. (2017). “It’d be useful, but I wouldn’t use it”. Barriers to University students’ feedback seeking and recipience. Studies in Higher Education, 42(11), 2026-2041.