Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (UOA 04)
Our Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience submission to REF 2021 comprised 47 staff, more than double the number of staff we submitted in REF 2014, matched by the doubling and diversification of our research funding. This expansion supported our established international research strengths in forensic, comparative, evolutionary, developmental and ecological psychology, and allowed us to build critical mass in the areas of health and wellbeing.
We successfully broadened our postgraduate provision, increasing completions by 292% and developing a new multi-institution ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Programme. Our support mechanisms for postgraduates were sector leading, with top quartile scores, an overall satisfaction rate of 97% and progression rates well above average.
Results in REF 2021
- 70% of our overall research quality was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
- 100% of our impact case studies were rated as outstanding or very considerable in terms of their reach and significance.
- 62.5% of our research environment was rated as conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality and enabling very considerable impact, in terms of its vitality and sustainability.
Our research is enabled through four research groups:
Impact case studies
We submitted four impact case studies that demonstrate that our research delivers clear societal benefits aligned to national and international priorities:
Cognitive Credibility Assessment (CCA): Changing interrogation and training policy and practice to enhance lie detection in security, military and forensic settingsWith over 18,000 officers trained in its use, the Cognitive Credibility Assessment has transformed military and intelligence interrogation policy and practice across security and counter-terrorism agencies in the UK, US (FBI) and Singapore (Ministry for Home Affairs), increasing lie detection rates to 90% in field trials, compared to traditional techniques.
The ACRE profiling assessment tools: Enhancing employers’ ability to provide person-centred support for autistic peopleWe have developed research-based employment Profiling Assessment (PA©) tools that generate individually-tailored recommendations for adjustments employers need to make for their autistic employees. These tools have been adopted by UK Job Centres and autism professionals across Spain and have been linked to increased employment rates, cost-effectiveness, and reduced requirements for on-the-job support.
The discovery and protection of a new orangutan species, the Tapanuli orangutan, and sustaining and protecting existing orangutan speciesOur researchers have contributed to the first discovery of a new living ape species in nearly a century: the Tapanuli orangutan. We have developed a new transitional release programme for rehabilitant orangutans which considers individual orangutan skill development, increases successful re-introductions and is contributing to species survival.
Self-administered investigative techniques: Changing policy and practice for securing evidence and gathering intelligenceThe Self-Administered Interview and Timeline Techniques are innovative investigative tools to elicit comprehensive memory accounts from witnesses, victims, and informants in time-, resource- and security-critical contexts. Recommended as best practice in the UK, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, they have been incorporated into the training curriculum for organisations including the Ministry of Defence (UK) and the CIA and FBI (US).
Collaborations and partnerships
Our academic collaborators include:
- CREST with the Universities of Lancaster, Bath, UCL, Central Lancashire, Stirling (investigative interviewing)
- FACEDIFF with the Nottingham Trent University, University of Liverpool and the MRC Centre for Macaques (facial expressivity)
- University of Southampton and University of Cardiff (care homes for older adults)
- EU funded research network across five countries (intersubjectivity)
Our non-academic collaborators include:
- FBI, CIA, NCA, UK police agencies
- UK Government: Ministry of Defence, Department of Health
- Office for Students, Education Endowment Foundation
- Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK
- Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, Macaca Nigra project, The Donkey Sanctuary