Facilities and expertise in Psychology


Welcome to our £30m Science Centre, a hive of exploration, discovery and eureka moments.

Home to our psychology students, the Science Centre contains specialist labs that delve into all areas of psychology. Here you'll practice and refine your practitioner skills, preparing you for a career when you graduate.

In our psychology labs, you’ll have access to all the latest kit for immersive learning. Using equipment such as eye tracking, heart rate monitoring and temperature-induced pain stimuli, you’ll test what you’ve learnt using real-world scenarios.

And that’s not all. Our emphasis on simulation-based learning puts us at the forefront for psychology teaching. Through a combination of equipment and software, we can realistically recreate environments and conditions that would not be safe or possible to create in real life. By immersing you in a controlled environment we give you the chance to practice your skills and test hypotheses safely.

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The staff in the Psychology Department were very approachable which made my time at Staffordshire University more enjoyable. I gained training in all the latest equipment and software related to psychology research and the Science Centre, where the Psychology department is based, has state-of-the-art equipment that is available to all students.

Sian Calvert

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development



As a psychology student at Staffordshire University, you’ll learn from expert academic staff that teach from their experiences. We’re a top 25 university for Psychology so you can trust in the quality of our psychology education and our commitment to delivering excellent student experiences (Guardian League Tables 2023).

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Our staff

Dr Emily Buckley

Head Of Department - Psychology

I am Head of the Psychology Department, and am a registered Health Psychologist with a background in health promotion.

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Dr Sarah Rose

Senior Lecturer

Sarah is a developmental psychologist with a particular interest in the influence of education on the development of children's creative abilities.

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Dr Gemma Hurst

Course Director

I am the Course Leader for the MSc Health Psychology. My research focuses on measuring the impact of environment exposures on health and wellbeing and exploring the wider determinants of health in relation to health inequality. I am also experie…

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Dr Claire Barlow

Course Director

Claire's research is primarily focused on children's drawings with further projects focussing on the development of expressive drawing, and more specifically how this compares to the development of representational drawing skill, longitudinal de…

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Nichola Street

Senior Lecturer

Nikki is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, teaching across a range of psychology modules at all levels and acting as Level 6 tutor as well as research which is housed under the umbrella of psychological interventions.

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Mel Hall


Mel's research interests include legal and criminological psychology and the impact of psychology in E-learning and the web. She is module leader for 'People Behaving Badly', 'The Psychology of Crime', 'Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punish…

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Dr Sarah Krahenbuhl

Senior Lecturer

Sarah's area of expertise is in investigative interviewing strategies used with children and subsequent legal proceedings. She is module leader for Forensic Applications of Psychology.

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Linda Szekely

Senior Lecturer

My research interests are in the field of counselling mostly related to working with children with attachment difficulties and the impact of trauma on the body and the brain.

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The staff were incredibly motivating.

Studying Psychology at Staffordshire University changed my career and lifestyle. The staff were incredibly motivating and gave me a level of confidence that was the foundation to being successful in my Master’s. The course is broad, it covers all areas of the discipline, this is great. It will allow you to find which area is best suited to you. 

Luke Foulser

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

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