Join Our Team – 3x Staff Vacancies

The School of Psychology is currently advertising three open-ended and full-time staff vacancies. Please click the links below for more information.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social & Organisational Psychology
Deadline for applications Sun 04 Feb 2018 (edited on 26 Jan)

Reader/Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience
Deadline for applications is Sun 04 Feb 2018

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience
Deadline for applications is Weds 04 March 2018

Scholarships for Summer Schools

Immerse yourself in the heart of Europe and develop advanced subject knowledge with our intensive two-week Summer Schools in Brussels, Canterbury and Paris. These specialist Summer School courses are designed for students (or professionals) thinking about studying on a postgraduate degree programme in the UK (Canterbury Courses) or at our specialist postgraduate centres in Paris or Brussels on our European Summer Schools. The final deadline to apply and pay for all of our courses is 28 May 2018.

Stage 2 and 3 undergraduate Kent Psychology students can also apply for two European Summer Schools scholarships to attend the summer school in Paris or Brussels. Scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, lunches during the week, travel around Paris or Brussels, entrances and visits as part of the programme and a final dinner. The deadline for scholarship applications from Kent students for the European Summer Schools is 2 March 2018.

Individuals’ perceptions on immigration and political trust may have shaped the Brexit vote

A few weeks prior to the EU Referendum in the UK, researchers surveyed 1000 residents of Kent in the south east of England (where a majority intended to vote to leave), and 1000 across Scotland (where a majority intended to vote to remain). The findings are published in the British Journal of Social Psychology.

Participants were asked about their trust in politicians, concerns about acceptable levels of immigration, feelings of threat from immigration, how much they identified as European, and their voting intention. “The results revealed, in both regions, that people were most likely to opt for Brexit when their feelings of threat and disidentification with Europe had been amplified by a combination of concern about immigration levels and distrust of politicians,” said co-author Professor Dominic Abrams, of the University of Kent.

To read the full study please go to

For more on this research see our Political and Social Change page.

Could we have predicted Brexit?

Was Theresa May right to go for ‘strong and stable’ at the last general election? Although that strategy has been the subject of criticism, research conducted by Professor Dominic Abrams and Dr Giovanni Travaglino suggests that these themes might have appealed particularly to those who voted to leave the EU.

The research just published in the British Journal of Social Psychology reports evidence from political opinion surveys conducted just before the EU referendum, with samples of 1000 eligible voters from Kent and 1000 from Scotland. It examined the way that respondents’ views predicted their voting intentions in the referendum.

Different explanations have been given for why people voted for Brexit. One explanation suggests that support for Brexit reflected a general rise in xenophobia and prejudice, perhaps fuelled by a populist agenda. Another explanation is that it reflected people’s distrust and rejection of the political establishment. Professor Abrams and Dr Travaglino proposed an ‘aversion amplification hypothesis’ whereby the combination of these two components was particularly influential. They reasoned that when people’s concern about levels of immigration was combined with feeling distrustful of politicians, this would lead to a heightened sense of threat from immigration, and disidentification with Europe. A vote for Brexit reflected a rejection of the political status-quo and a desire for a more predictable future.

To read the full story please go to

For more on this research see our Political and Social Change page.

Perceptions on immigration and political trust shaped Brexit vote

One explanation for Brexit suggests it reflected people’s worries about immigration. Another is that it reflected people’s distrust of the political establishment. Now new research from psychologists on people’s attitudes in Kent and Scotland suggests that it was the link between these two factors that was particularly important.

Researchers at the University surveyed people just before the UK Referendum vote in June 2016 and found that concern about the impact of immigration and a distrust of politicians combined to amplify feelings of threat and lack of identification with Europe in Brexit voters.

The study, led by Professor Dominic Abrams, of the School of Psychology, featured online surveys conducted with 1,000 residents of Kent, where a majority said they intended to vote to leave, and 1,000 people in Scotland, where a majority said they intended to vote to remain.

To read the full story, please go to the Kent News Centre.

For more on this research see our Political and Social Change page.

Forensic Psychology Evening Course starts 21 February

Study the psychology of crime and criminal behaviour over 10 weeks, taught by expert academics and practitioners. Each 90 minute lecture covers a different topic such as victims of crime, offender profiling, sexual harassment, and treatment and rehabilitation.

The course is an ideal opportunity to get a taste of what Forensic Psychology is all about, whether you have a general interest in why people commit crime or are considering future study in the area.

For more information about our evening course starting on Wednesday 21 February, see our flyer. There are limited places available so book now to avoid disappointment.

ESRC SeNSS 1+3/+3 Collaborative Studentship 2018

Using new digital media to create young Global Citizens: Evaluating and developing the One Globe Kids ‘simulated contact’ educational intervention

Applications are invited for a 1+3 (MSc+PhD) or +3 (PhD) ESRC SeNSS studentship in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, in collaboration with Globe Smart Kids, under the supervision of Dr Lindsey Cameron and Professor Dominic Abrams. The studentship commences 1st October 2018.

The application deadline is 21st January 2018. Please see the link below for more details.

Research shows participating in the arts promotes kindness

Arts charity People United has published a new report using evidence analysed by psychologists at the University showing that an effective way to encourage kind thoughts, feelings and actions is by enabling people to participate in arts experiences.

People United will launch a ‘be kind’ campaign focusing on World Kindness Day on Monday 13 November. The charity says this will be a ‘call to action for everyone who feels that the world needs a bit more kindness’. It aims to create a ‘be kind’ revolution with ’be kind’ signs popping up across the UK.

Their report, entitled Changing the World through Arts and Kindness, draws together ten years of quantitative evidence about the impact of People United’s projects, collated and analysed by academics at Kent’s School of Psychology.

To read the full story, please go to the Kent News Centre.

Research Scholarships 2018

Below is the link to the full advertisement for the Research Scholarships 2018. We are inviting applications for both PhD (+3) and MSc+PhD (1+3) awards.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 5pm UK time on Sunday 21st January 2018. If you are thinking about applying for these funding opportunities, we urge you to make contact with your supervisor as soon as possible because the application requires input from both parties.

11th in the UK and 84th worldwide in 2018 Times Higher Education World Rankings

The School of Psychology at the University of Kent has been ranked 11th in the UK and 84th worldwide in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ table.  

Head of School, Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura, was delighted to receive this news. She said: ‘Being part of Psychology at Kent means being part of an academic community, with all staff and students striving for excellence and positive impact in all that we do. This result is a fantastic external recognition of all our hard work and commitment to advancing the discipline.’

For more insights into what makes studying Psychology at Kent great, see our Ten reasons to choose us page.