Dr Julie Hulme

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

University Learning and Teaching Fellow

Course Director: MSc Teaching Psychology
Module leader (UG): Biological Bases of Behaviour, Evolution and Psychology
Module leader (PG): Teaching the Psychology Core Curriculum, Evaluating Approaches and Perspectives in Psychology, Masters Project
PhD supervisor: Amelia Rout
Elected Teaching Staff Representative on Academic Board
Member of Psychology Teaching and Learning Committee
Member of Ethics Committee

About Me

My undergraduate and postgraduate degrees were both obtained at Keele University, where I gained a BSc (Hons) Biology and Psychology in 1996, and a PhD Neuroscience in 2003.  During my postgraduate research, I also gained a great deal of teaching experience both in HE and FE, in Life Sciences as well as in Psychology.  My enthusiasm for the interactions of brain and behaviour led me to a full time academic career in psychology, starting with a Teaching Fellowship at Keele University, followed by a move to Staffordshire (initially in Education, before transferring to Psychology).  I arrived in my current post in September 2005, and have developed strong links with the psychology teaching community outside the university, and expertise in psychology teaching and learning.


BSc (Hons) Biology and Psychology (Keele, First Class, 1996)

PhD Neuroscience (Keele, 2003): Ultrastructural and immunocytochemical studies of the glutamate-aspartate transporter, GLAST, and its relationship to glutamate handling in the mammalian cochlea

Postgraduate Certificate: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Keele, 2003)

Professional Memberships and Activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Committee Member of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology (ATP)

ATP representative on HEA Psychology Network Subject Advisory Board)

ATP representative on three British Psychological Society (BPS) committees:

  • Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology (DTRP)

  • Psychology Education Board (PEB)

  • Standing Committee on Pre-Tertiary Education (SCoPTE)

I am in the process of applying for Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS, and seeking to join the DTRP

Associate Editor for Psychology Teaching Review


Psychology of learning and teaching

Assessment and assessment feedback

Biological psychology and related fields

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Provision of training to teachers, especially psychology teachers, around teaching psychology, assessment and feedback, behaviour management, differentiated learning, interactive teaching, and student engagement.

Training for other professionals on mentoring, training and management.

Research Interests

I am a member of the Centre for Educational Psychology Research and of the Institute for Education Policy Research.  The majority of my research focuses on issues around learning and teaching, and especially assessment and assessment feedback, and teaching methods.

Recent funding has been obtained for two projects:

  • Effective feedback to Psychology undergraduate students (HEA Psychology)

  • Facilitating student reflection on tutor feedback (Staffordshire University Learning and Teaching Fellowship).

Selected Publications

Allcock, S. and Hulme, J.A. (in press).  Learning styles in the classroom: Educational benefit or planning exercise?  Psychology Teaching Review.

Hulme, J.A. and Forshaw, M.J. (2009).  Effectiveness of feedback provision for psychology undergraduate students.  Psychology Learning and Teaching, 8, 1, 34-38.

Hulme, J.A. and Gajic, D. (2008).  Psychological Research in Context. Leicester, Online Classroom.  (DVD and resource pack for Psychology teachers and students).

Bostock, S.J., Hulme, J.A. and Davys, M.A. (2006). Communicubes: Intermediate interactive technology for interaction with large groups. In: D. Banks (ed.) Audience Response Systems in Higher Education. Idea Group.

Hocking, D. and Hulme, J.A. (2005).  Evaluation of the 'Friends for Youth' Programme in a Stoke-on-Trent school.  Published as internal report for Stoke-on-Trent Educational Psychology Service and the Behaviour and Education Support Team, Stoke-on-Trent

Hocking, D. and Hulme, J.A. (2005).  Evaluation of a programme to develop social skills with year 6 (primary) pupils in transition to year 7 (secondary school). Published as internal report for Stoke-on-Trent Educational Psychology Service and the Behaviour and Education Support Team, Stoke-on-Trent.

Hulme, J.A. (2004). Critical Evaluation: A Guide for Students. Psychology Review, 10, 6-8. (Teachers’ notes and suggested activity also available).

Furness, D.N., Hulme, J.A., Lawton, D.M. and Hackney, C.M. (2002). The distribution of the glutamate/aspartate transporter, GLAST, in relation to the afferent synapses of outer hair cells in the guinea-pig cochlea. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 3, 234-247.

Hackney, C.M., Hulme, J.A., Lawton, D.M. and Furness, D.N. (1999). Immunocytochemical clues to the handling of excitatory neurotransmitters in the cochlea. In Prasher, D. and Canlon, B. Cochlear Pharmacology and Noise Trauma. London: NRN Publications.

Current Teaching

Module leader for Biological Bases of Behaviour
Module leader for Evolution and Psychology
Exploring Psychology
Exploring Psychology 2
Applications of Psychology
Comparative Bases of Behaviour
Psychology of Drugs
Supervision of final year projects

Course Director for MSc Teaching Psychology, PG Dip Teaching Psychology, PG Cert Teaching Psychology, and CPD Certificates.
Module leader for Teaching the Psychology Core Curriculum
Module leader for Evaluating Approaches and Perspectives in Psychology
Module leader for Masters Research Project
Teaching Research Methods and Statistics
Applications of Psychology

PhD supervision: 
Amelia Rout, Study skills, self-esteem and self-efficacy in vocational learners
John Noble (completed 2010): Cultural capital in transition to Higher Education


Dr Julie Hulme
Teaching Psychology Course Director
Staffordshire University
College Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294674
e: j.a.hulme@staffs.ac.uk