Psychology at Nottingham Trent University


We are seeking 8 additional permanent lecturing staff to further strengthen our research and to meet the demands of new course provision and increased student numbers.

The Division of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a large and thriving group that has grown significantly in recent years to be one of the largest in the UK. Psychology is a broad and exciting domain and the research interests of our 70 academic staff reflect this diversity, with considerable expertise in all core areas of the discipline. Research within the Division is flourishing, with Psychology at NTU being one of the top risers in the recent Research Excellence Framework (Unit of Assessment A04, http://www.ref.ac.uk/). All of our applied research was rated as either world leading (73%) or internationally excellent (27%), together with a substantial proportion of our research outputs (60%). Our research work has continued to grow, with, for example, well over 200 journal papers published since 2015 and substantial investment in supporting research through staffing, staff development, research support and funded PhD studentships. October 2016 sees the opening of new research facilities in a dedicated building which will house laboratories with family- friendly facilities for behavioural observation and recording, testing, interviewing, and carrying out focus groups alongside specialist labs for cyberpsychology, EEG (2), eye-tracking (3), and TMS, together with a state-of-the-art human movement lab, a driving simulation lab, and excellent facilities for data analysis.

NTU Psychology is characterised by a strong culture of collaborative, theoretically driven impactful applied research which is illustrated by the recent award of the Guardian University Award for Social and Community Impact to Psychology researchers at NTU, and by our strong engagement with the inter-disciplinary Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families.

We also have a strong commitment to teaching and this is shown by the collaboration of over 50 staff to create an introductory text for SAGE (2nd Edition published in 2015) and by our showing in the National Student Survey (NSS) where we have been in the top ten of UK Psychology departments for the last two years.

Our research is divided into four main areas with considerable overlap across groups, reflecting the multi-disciplinary work that we undertake. The Cognition and Perception group undertake theoretical and applied work on human cognition and perception processing ranging from short-term and long-term memory to auditory processing, the time course of visual perception, attention to multiple objects and hazard perception. The Development, Interaction and Social Relations group address questions on learning and psychosocial development in key contexts such as schools, minority and vulnerable populations and virtual worlds. The group consider the development and organisation of social interactions, relationships and influences in enhancing social adjustment and learning using multiple approaches, techniques and facilities. The Wellbeing group carry out a broad range of research that is captured under seven research clusters: health and mental health; cyberpsychology; work psychology; neuroscience; behavioral addictions; forensic psychology; and ageing. The Language and Psycholinguistics group conduct research ranging from language acquisition and development to mathematical modelling of psycholinguistic data. Research work examines both typical and atypical language and literacy development (particularly in the areas of specific language impairment and dyslexia).

The Division of Psychology has over 50 students studying for either a PhD or a DPsych. We offer extensive training relating to the PhD/DPsych process (as part of our Graduate School training events or bespoke events) and specialist training in relation to particular methods or analyses (e.g., structural equation modelling). Our students are encouraged to disseminate their work during their PhD, with almost 50 journal articles having been published since 2015 together with well over 60 conference presentations. Investment in our PhD programme sees an intake of 11 fully- funded PhD students beginning in October 2016.