2020 entry

Welcome to the School of Psychology

Hi and a very warm welcome to the School of Psychology. The psychology teaching team and I intend that the next three years will be full of discovery and excitement as you read and learn about a wide-range of ideas, theories and research across the discipline of Psychology. Whether you are new to Keele or progressing from Foundation Year, it’s great that you are considering becoming a part of the Keele Psychology community!

Please do explore our offer holder hub. You will find presentations and lots of useful information about your programme, including module information, course details, support in the School, study abroad, facilities, research and how you can get involved! We've also put together some introductory reading and useful resources for you to take a look at.

We do hope you find this information useful and we hope to welcome you to Keele Psychology in September. 

Dr Richard Stephens, Course Director



Offer holder presentations


Please click on your course below to find out useful information regarding modules, teaching and assessment and student testimonials. 


The resources and facilities on offer to students in the School of Psychology have been ranked among the best in the country in the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS). 

Dorothy Hodgkin Building

The School of Psychology is housed in the Dorothy Hodgkin building at the centre of campus. It provides accomodation for staff offices, research laboratories, and facilities for both undergraduate and a growing number of postgraduate students.

The School is well resourced, and our laboratories house extensive equipment for research involving adults and children, including EEG equipment and eye-tracking, observation suites, and a well-resourced suite of labs for qualitative research.

DH0.21 Lecture Theatre Most lectures are held in the Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture Theatre (DH0.21) or the Westminster Lecture Theatre over in Chancellor’s Building. Lab classes take place in the Hunter Lab (DH0.31) and the Sloboda Lab (DH0.44). Seminars are generally held in smaller teaching rooms in the Dorothy Hodgkin Building. Personal Tutee meetings and Final Year Project supervision are held in staff offices.
Resource Room

The Psychology Student Hub (DH0.39) is available to students all day and is a great place to chill out between classes and/or catch up on some reading or study. It has a number of PC's and printing facilities, as well as kitchen facilities too! 

Please also feel free to settle down in the comfy chairs and sofas spotted about the School of Psychology anytime you are looking for a place to study.

The School is well resourced, and our laboratories house extensive equipment for research involving adults and children, including EEG equipment and eye-tracking, observation suites, and a well-resourced suite of labs for qualitative research.

See our equipment and facilities page for further information.  


Students tell us how much they value the psychology-focussed learning support on offer from our team of Teaching Fellows. In addition, our academic staff are on hand to provide tailored psychology careers advice and guidance regarding postgraduate study.

When you arrive at Keele, you will be allocated with a Personal Tutor from among the academic staff in the School of Psychology. Your Personal Tutor is a first point of contact for general guidance on academic and career development and, in consultation with yourself, may refer you to specialist academic support services within the University.


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Dr Donna Berry Dr Kim Gordon


Our Teaching Fellows provide learning support in the School of Psychology for all students. They offer weekly drop-in sessions, one to one bookable appointments and also manage an email service specifically for learning support. As well as this they also deliver additional workshops focused on skills development e.g. essay writing, referencing and library skills. The School prides itself on learning support and Teaching Fellow accessibility is highly valued among students. Keep an eye out for posters around the School which advertise the Teaching Fellows availability or email psychology.tf@keele.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Psychology peer e-mentors are 2nd year students trained by the Teaching Fellows to provide support to new 1st year psychology students. As they have just been through their first year in the School they are ideally placed to offer advice. Peer e-mentors will be there to provide practical advice, support and reassurance. Although they are not there to help with your learning, they will be able to point you in the direction of someone who can help. The peer e-mentors will contact you on a regular basis to see how you are getting on but you don't have to wait to hear from them if you have a question. If you would like to know more, contact the Teaching Fellows psychology.tf@keele.ac.uk.

Sending an email is by far the easiest and quickest way to contact a staff member. You can find staff email addresses as well as other contact details, weekly office hours (when students can drop-in without an appointment) and research interests on our 'people' webpage. Spend some time browsing academic staff profiles. You might be surprised at how staff are involved in the wider profession of Psychology outside of teaching. If you are interested in any of this then please do contact the staff member concerned. Staff are always on the look out for keen undergraduates to help with research.

The unique combination of skills that characterise the study of psychology are transferable across disciplines and into the world of work. These include skills in oral and written communication, the use of IT, numeracy and data analysis, team working, problem-solving, and skills in research methodology. We also intend that our course will prepare our graduates for, and stimulate their enthusiasm about pursuing continuing educational opportunities following graduation and indeed the course prepares our students to study Psychology at postgraduate level and to pursue professional training courses in an applied setting. In addition to support from Keele’s Careers and Employability Centre, as a Psychology student, you also have access to a dedicated Psychology Careers Officer, who can advise you on pathways to careers in Psychology, and help with writing CVs and cover letters. The Psychology tutor with responsibility for employability is Nick Garnett (n.j.garnett@keele.ac.uk).


There's so much to get involved with during your time at Keele which will enhance your student experience and your employability. You can join societies, volunteer and join sports clubs as well as getting involved in activites in the School of psychology. 

International Visit Us

This course provides the option of spending some time studying outside the UK. You can take a semester out in second year (called Study Abroad) or you can take an entire year out between second and third year (called International Year). We have partner universities in a number of European countries, the USA and Canada.

BSc Neuroscience and Psychology student, Naomi Hughes-White, has blogged about her recent study abroad experince at Brock University in Canada. Read about Naomi's amazing experience here

If you are interested in studying abroad or have any questions, please contact our Study Abroad Co-ordinator Dr Lucy James

A great way to get more involved in Psychology is to volunteer as a Student Voice Representative on the Student Staff Voice Committee. This committee comprises around 12 students across our various psychology BSc courses who work collaboratively with staff members of the committee to ensure that our modules and courses function well and take in the student perspective. Some Student Voice Representatives also sit on the School of Psychology Committee, the Psychology BSc Courses Committee, and the Learning and Teaching Committee.

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The Psychology society is here to act as both a social and academic hub to those interested in, or studying Psychology! ‌Keele Psychology Society welcomes everyone, regardless of whether you are a Psychology student or not. Over the course of the year we will be running a variety of events - both social and academic - where you can take part and meet new people! These events will include: movie nights, guest lecturers and staff talks, pub quizzes, and various socials. We also have the annual Summer Ball in Keele Hall, which has proven to be a very popular night out with friends.

You will be given information on how to join the society in September! 

A vibrant research culture exists within the School of Psychology such that the majority of staff that you encounter as teachers also carry out research at the cutting edge of psychological knowledge. Our research is organised into four groupings: the Developmental Psychology Research Group; the Cognitive, Brain and Behaviour Research Group; the Social Psychological Research Group; and the Health and Well-being Research Group. Within these groups, multidisciplinary special interest groups have developed organically and are actively supported, including the Children and Young People's Research Network, and The Qualitative Research Forum. Please see these web pages for more information www.keele.ac.uk/psychology/research/.

In your first year and second year, you have the opportunity to take part in some real psychological research being conducted by staff members and students within the School. Known as the “Research Participation Time” scheme, this is an exciting opportunity for you to experience how research is conducted, and to contribute to cutting-edge research. You really do have the opportunity to be an integral part of our continued effort to understand human psychology.

Second and third year students will have the opportunity to apply for the School of Psychology’s Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme. The scheme provides a wage for up to 4 undergraduates during the summer break, enabling them to get “hands on” experience of research with the supervision of a Staff researcher. The scheme aims to give students an insight into scientific research and provide training for those considering research and academia as a future career.


These are some of the recommended introductory texts for our current first year students, this will give you an idea of the range of texts we use.

  • Martin, N., Carlson, N., Buskist, W. (2013). Psychology. Harlow: Pearson
  • Boyd, D.R., & Bee, H.L. (2014). The Developing Child. Harlow, Essex: Pearson
  • Van Lange, P., Kruglanski, A., & Higgins, T. (2012). Handbook of Theories in Social Psychology Los Angeles : SAGE
  • Breedlove, S.M., Watson, N.V., & Verne, N. (2013). Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavioural, Cognitive, and Clinical Neuroscience. Hove: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Eysenck, M. W., & Keane, M. T. (2015). Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook (7th Ed.). Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Navarro, D. J., Foxcroft D. R. and Faulkenberry, T. J. (2019). Learning statistics with JASP: A tutorial for psychology students and other beginners. https://learnstatswithjasp.com/
  • Coolican, H. (2017). Research methods and statistics in psychology (6th ed.). East Sussex: Routledge

Please note: there is no expectation for you to purchase texts, most are avaiable online via Keele Library and our reading lists for 2020 are yet to be finalised. 

Guide to writing papers 

Bitesize videos

Introduction to Research Design for Psychology

Introduction to Statistics for Psychology:

British Psychological Society Research Digest 

We recommend you start to read blogs from the British Psychological Society Research Digest. The digest has lots of articles from psychologists and current research. You can scroll to the bottom of the page, click on a keyword to see current research relating to a specific topic of interest. 


The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered directly to the public. Keele Psychology staff provide expert opinions and have written a range of articles published by the conversation. 

2020 articles

2019 articles

2018 articles

2017 articles

You can find more articles written by Keele Psychology staff on the conversation


Whatever happened to "love" in pop music? - Dr Richard Stephens 
Forgiveness Is Really Strange - Dr Masi Noor
The Psychology of Fear - Dr Donna Berry 
The Social Psychology of Crowds - Professor Clifford Stott 
Christmas Music and why it's so annoying - Professor Alex Lamont 
The Psychology of Roller Coasters - Dr Richard Stephens 
Will freedom of expression be protected at the FIFA World Cup? - Professor Clifford Stott

You can stay up to date with current news from Keele Psychology by following us on social media. This will give you an insight into what both our staff and students are getting up to! 

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