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Personal Statement

A Chartered Occupational Psychologist, my interests cut across areas of work and organisational psychology, specifically, human resource development in public sector organisations. As a practitioner psychologist and academic, my research and KE focus is two-fold: (1) the design of employability and education services for a variety of learners and (2) the people strategy that underlines the effective delivery of those services. 

I introduced and lead Scotland's only British Psychology Society accredited MSc Occupational Psychology, and coordinate MBA module Strategic Leadership Development. I also teach across professionally accredited postgraduate programmes in the Business School, including MSc Human Resource Management, MSc Business and Management, and MSc International Management. 

My KE interests are predominantly focused on social inclusion of disadvantaged groups. I have recently been awarded Gate 3 funding (£30,000) to support the commercialisation of an online employability tool. Having already passed Gates 1 and 2 (total funding £12,000), I am the first Strathclyde Business School academic to have passed Gate 3.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Human resource development
  • Training and Development
  • Employability
  • Career Managment and Development
  • Professional practice in welfare provision
  • Coaching and personal development
  • Organisational Development and Change

Teaching Interests

I teach several areas of work and organisational psychology across professionally accredited postgraduate programmes in the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation and the MBA unit.

Topics include:

  • Employee Reward
  • Human Resource Development
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Stress and wellbeing
  • Employability
  • Career Development
  • Coaching and Mentoring

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the delivery of welfare programmes, specifically personalised employability and skills provision directed at disadvantaged jobseekers.

Examples of projects include:

  • evlauation of disabled parents employabiltiy programme;
  • inclusive recruitment for disabled people;
  • skills mismatch across Glasgow’s young workforce;
  • UK Government’s Work Programme monitoring and evaluation strategy;
  • retention issues in social care organisations;
  • attraction, retention and development of chefs in Scotland;
  • distance travelled (employability) at a national disability charity.

Academic / Professional qualifications

University of Strathclyde 

  • PhD Work, Employment and Organisation (2020)
  • MSc Occupational Psychology (2010)
  • BA (Honours) Psychology (2003)

British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Awarded Associate Fellow status (2016)
  • Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) (2015)
  • Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOP) (Stage 2) (2012)
  • Assessment Test User: Occupational (Ability and Personality) (2010)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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