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Phil Banyard

Phil Banyard

Head of Department

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Phil Banyard is Associate Professor in Psychology and is currently Head of Department. The Department of Psychology has over 100 staff including over 80 lecturing staff. These staff are responsible for over 1,500 undergraduate students and over 200 taught postgraduate students. In addition, the Department is supervising over 70 PhDs.

The Department of Psychology is a consistent high performer in the National Student Survey and it places a lot of emphasis on enhancing the student experience. Alongside this, the Department performs well in research evaluations such as the REF.

Phil Banyard is responsible for maintaining and further improving the performance of this outstanding team of psychologists.

Career overview

Phil Banyard has been with the University for over 25 years during which time he has also been a Chief Examiner for GCSE and then A Level Psychology. Prior to joining the University, he did time as a psychiatric nursing assistant, a community worker and a lecturer in further education.

Research areas

Phil Banyard's research activity focuses on education. For the last 15 years he 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.

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)
  • Lucy Betts (Nottingham Trent University)
  • C3Systems
  • Karen Duffy (Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mark Holah, Jamie Davies (Wyke College)
  • University of Barcelona

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)
  • Belinda Winder