Facilities and expertise in Sciences


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

Home to our psychology and bioscience students, the Science Centre contains specialist labs that delve into the areas of biology, biomedicine, psychology and more. 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 bioscience or psychology student at Staffordshire University, you’ll learn from expert academic staff that teach from their experiences. We are ranked in the top 10 for Teaching Quality (Guardian League Tables 2022 - Biosciences, Times Good University Guide 2022 - Psychology), so you can be confident in the quality of our course content and delivery, assessment, feedback and academic support.

Our degrees are accredited by industry bodies including the British Psychological Society, Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Science so you can trust that our course are credible and provide a quality education.

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Our staff

Ian Davies

Senior Lecturer

My expertise is within clinical pathology laboratories and the use of biomedical investigations in the diagnosis and investigation of disease. I'm Module Coordinator for Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists and Cellular Pathology.

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Dr Richard Halfpenny

Senior Lecturer

Richard spent 16 years working in a business setting before returning to university studying a PhD on the species discrimination of cryptic Culex mosquito species using non-molecular methods, and their olfactory mediated sugar feeding behaviou…

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Head Of Department - Biological Sciences

Angela has a number of research specialisms, including Biochemistry of Haematophagous insect cuticular lipid, Semiochemicals in mating recognition and choice, and Mosquito biology with special interest in British mosquito ecology and behaviour.

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Dr Arthur Hosie

Course Director

Arthur is an experienced molecular microbiologist with a track record of inspirational teaching, international quality research and academic leadership. He regularly provides media contributions, discussing current infectious disease topics.

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Dr Dave Skingsley

Senior Lecturer

Dave is a entomologist with an background in physiology and pharmacology of invertebrates. He lectures at all levels of Biology.

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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 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 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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All of the lecturers are so supportive and really do want the best for you.

To this day, doing my undergraduate degree at Staffordshire University was the greatest three years of my life.

All of the lecturers are so supportive and really do want the best for you. It's not like other universities where you are just known by your student number, they want you to matter and they know a lot about every student, which made my experience extremely personal.

The degree was fantastic and it has led me to achieve great things. I just qualified as a teacher of Science at a secondary school but I hope one day I will find my way back to Staffordshire University as I feel inspired to become a lecturer after meeting such a wonderful team of people.

Jade Parks

Biological Sciences graduate

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