Lizann Bonnar


  • United Kingdom

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Work-based learning, education for sustainable development, equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education, assessment and feedback.


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Personal Statement

I joined Psychology at Strathclyde in September 2004, following a MA (Hons) and PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow. My PhD was in cognitive psychology, specifically visual attention.  Although my research background is in quantitative research methods, I have recently enjoyed learning about and using qualitative methods with students, in one project to develop an understanding of children's experiences of doing Parkrun, and another on the psychological impact of food poverty. Current research projects with students are in the area of student mental health.

In addition to my role in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, I am Vice Dean Academic in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. I am interested in education for sustainable development, social justice and transforming teaching, learning and assessment so that students and graduates develop the personal attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills needed to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

Teaching Interests

At undergraduate level, I am class leader for the final year C8437 Psychology Work Placement class, and supervise several honours and MSc dissertation projects each year. Prior to taking up the role as Vice Dean Academic (.5), I was class leader for C8321 Research Methods and Data Analysis, and also taught on Introduction to Research Design and Analysis (C8203), and research methods classes on three MSc programmes: MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, MSc Clinical Health Psychology, and the online MSc Psychology with a specialistion in *Business (conversion). 

I recently led on the development of a university-wide module called 'Multi-disciplinary Perspectives of Sustainable Development', and worked with colleagues across the University to deliver this for the first time in January 2020. The module has been developed in line with UNESCO's Education for Sustainable Development Learning Objectives and is delivered (co-led with Professor Debra Willison) by staff from all four faculties and attended by students from different degree levels and disciplines across the University. Predominantly delivered online, the module uses action-oriented and transformative pedagogies to support students to develop the competencies identified by UNESCO as essential for addressing the sustainable development goals. 

I have a passion for enhancing students' understanding of sustainable development and social justice, both within my discipline in psychology and outwith it. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

External positions

External Examiner, Queen's University Belfast

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2024

External Examiner, Psychology Department, Heriot-Watt University

Sep 2016Aug 2020

Member of Undergraduate Education Committee, British Psychological Society (The)

Oct 2015Sep 2021

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Research Output

1 Citation (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)
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Best Overall Teacher

Bonnar, Lizann (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Passion for the Subject

Bonnar, Lizann (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


External Examiner

Lizann Bonnar (Examiner)

Sep 2020Aug 2024

Activity: Examination typesExamination

External Panel Member, Validation of UG degree programmes (Event)

Lizann Bonnar (Advisor)

19 Jun 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee