Phil Banyard

Phil Banyard

Management Lead - Psychology

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Phil Banyard is Reader in Psychology and has responsibilities in teaching, administration and research.

Phil Banyard is responsible for the provision of first year laboratory studies and also the introductory modules for undergraduates. His ongoing involvement with psychology in the school sector allows him to respond to students issues around the transition between school and university.

In administration Phil Banyard leads on widening participation and organizes events for teachers and A-Level students. He also contributes to the general management of the Division of Psychology.

Phil Banyard is an active researcher and is leading on the submission of colleagues from the College of Business Law and Social Science who are being submitted to the Pedagogy Unit of Assessment in the 2014 REF. He sits on a range of research committees.

Research areas

Phil Banyard's research activity focuses on education. For the last 10 years has been a leading member of projects studying the impact of digital technologies in schools. This work attracted grants in excess of £1,000,000 from government agencies and the European Commission. He continues to publish on this topic.

Another area of work has been the development of A-Level Psychology in the school sector and its impact on the character of the subject. Phil Banyard's 30 year involvement with schools examinations facilitates a combination of practice and research.

Other research activity includes publications on health information and the promotion of healthy behaviours, and also the benefits of narrative in training programmes.

External activity


Phil Banyard's research funding has mainly come from government agencies and the European Union.

Reviewer for Psychology Teaching Review, Cambridge Journal of Education, Computers in Education, ESRC.

External Examining

  • External Examiner for Psychology at University of East London
  • External Examiner for Social Science PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University

Professional activity

  • Visiting professor of psychology at Glyndŵr University
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Chartered Health Psychologist
  • Member of the Psychology Education Board (2002 – ongoing)
  • Chair of the Standing Committee for Pre-Tertiary Education (2007-13)
  • Convenor of the Consultation on the Future of A Level Psychology (2012)
  • Life Member of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology (ATP)
  • Annual Conference organiser of the ATP (2008-11)
  • Chief Examiner for GCSE Psychology and then A Level Psychology for OCR

Training and conferences

Lead contributor to over 250 events for teachers of psychology over the last 20 years organised by OCR, Philip Allan Updates, SEC-Masterclass, and Network Training, among others, on a range of topics including:

Teaching Statistics for A Level Psychology, Evaluating Psychology, Practical Work in Psychology, Teaching GCSE Psychology, Teaching Health Psychology, New Teachers in Psychology, Applying Psychology

Regular speaker to student conferences. Most recent talks include Having fun with psychological methods, Science and Pseudoscience; won't get fooled again, The blooming buzzing confusion and The psychology of everyday life.

Sponsors and collaborators

Phil Banyard's research funding has mainly come from government agencies and the European Union.

Major collaborators include;

  • Jean Underwood (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Karen Duffy (Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mark Holah, Jamie Davies (Wyke College)
  • Matt Jarvis (Totton College)

Phil Banyard has co-authored several textbooks for psychology students and his main collaborators have been:

  • Andy Grayson (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Cara Flannagan (freelance author)