Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Management Lead - Psychology

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Gareth leads the Department of Psychology’s team of Principal Lecturers with a portfolio that includes:

  • Internationalisation
  • Employability
  • Student Experience
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Outreach
  • Staff Wellbeing
  • Development

Gareth also teaches, and supervises projects, on a wide range of areas in psychology with a primary focus on cognitive and developmental psychology. In 2018 he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

Research areas

Gareth is involved in the following projects:

  • Exploring the spelling and written language skills of children with specific language impairment
  • Written language skills in primary and secondary school students, and the links these skills have with reading and cognition
  • Investigating the role speech perception plays in literacy skills

Gareth supervises projects that explore how language and cognition relate to reading and writing skills, often from a developmental perspective. He has also carried out work looking at how language prosody is involved in literacy skills. He also has interests in how cross-linguistic skills might be involved in reading, and the role of processes such as temporal processing and sequencing. Primarily, his work involves quantitative and experimental methodologies.

External activity

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the British Psychological Society Developmental Section

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Dr Andy Holliman, Coventry University
  • Dr Sarah Critten, Coventry University
  • Dr Emily Coyne-Umfreville, Birmingham City University
  • Dr Clare Wood, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr Rebecca Larkin, Nottingham Trent University

Press expertise

  • Children's reading development
  • Children's spelling and writing development
  • Language
  • Psychology

Course(s) I teach on

  • Students standing next to a British Psychological Society sign
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2019

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    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2019

  • Students sitting at desk using pc's
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2019