Carly Turnham wins Kent Union Teaching Award

Carly Turnham, Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing Officer in the School of Psychology, has won the top award in the Administrative/Technical Staff category of the recent Kent Union Teaching Awards.

Carly received testimonials from students praising the way in which she had helped them throughout the application and admissions process and had supported them during their studies at Kent.

Outstanding Student Achievement award for Fatima Tresh

Many congratulations to Fatima Tresh, who has been short-listed in the Outstanding Student Achievement category in the Association for Business Psychology Workforce Experience Awards 2015! Fatima is currently one of our Undergraduate students in her final year.

Her submission is entitled “Women’s Leadership Potential: Discovering the Barriers to Recognition and Development”.  Fatima has been invited to the Awards Conference on 12th May in London at The Kia Oval, Kennington, where the winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

Effects of bilingualism on brain structure and cognition

Congratulations to Dr Christos Pliatsikas, who has been awarded a Franklin Research grant of $5,000 by the American Philosophical Society. This will support his research visit to Michael Ullman’s lab in Georgetown University, Washington DC, to kick start a collaboration on the following project: “Bilingualism: Its effects on brain structure and cognition”.

Professor Gannon elected as an academic Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Congratulations to Professor Theresa Gannon who has just been elected as an academic Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (*). The honour is given in recognition of Theresa’s significant contribution to the development of social science, and her promotion of social sciences nationally and internationally.

Find out more about the Academy of Social Sciences here:

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University Research Prizes for Theresa Gannon and Giovanni Travaglino

The results of the University Research Prizes competition have just been announced, with two prizes going to the School of Psychology.

Professor Theresa Gannon and her team consisting of Dr Caoilte Ó Ciardha (Lecturer in Forensic Psychology), Dr Emma Alleyne (Lecturer in Forensic Psychology), Dr Lona Lockerbie (Honorary Lecturer), Nichola Tyler (Research Associate), Helen Butler (PhD Candidate), Magali Barnoux (PhD Candidate), and Katarina Mozova (PhD Candidate) were awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences Prize for Research for their work in producing a standardised treatment programme for firesetters.

The University Prize for Postgraduate Research was awarded to Dr Giovanni Travaglino, whose PhD was concerned with collective opposition to criminal organisations in Southern Italy and who developed an international network on collective action and protest, leading to two conferences being held at Kent.

The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony at the end of the month.

New Forensic Psychology Training Courses

Practitioners, students and academics are invited to book their place on two new training courses with the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent.

HCR-20 Version 3
Wednesday 25 March 2015, 9am-5pm – Keynes College, Canterbury campus
Learn about best practices using the HCR-20 set of guidelines for comprehensive violence risk assessment and management based on the Structured Professional Judgement (SPJ) model.

Book online:

RSVP (Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol)
Wednesday 22 April 2015, 9am-5pm – Keynes College, Canterbury campus
Learn about the administration of RSVP, the structured professional judgement risk assessment instrument which provides evaluators with guidance on assessing risk and developing risk plans to prevent sexual violence.

Book online:

Contact Jackie Fortheringham on 01227 824804 or at

HCR-20 Version 3 and RSVP training courses poster

Inaugural Lecture – Professor Joachim Stoeber – 19 March 2015

Thursday 19 March, 2015, 18.00

Keynes Lecture Theatre 4
University of Kent, Canterbury campus

Perfectionism is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, perfectionism motivates people to give their best. On the other, perfectionism makes people despair and doubt themselves. Moreover, perfectionism is associated with various psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. Perfectionism, however, is a complex characteristic. There are various forms of perfectionism, and some are more harmful than others. In particular, it is important to differentiate perfectionistic strivings (striving for perfection) from perfectionistic concerns (concern over mistakes). The lecture will present findings from research on personality and individual differences and sport psychology demonstrating that only perfectionistic concerns are always maladaptive. In contrast, perfectionistic strivings – while putting people under pressure – contain aspects that can be adaptive. Unfortunately, however, people who strive for perfection are usually also concerned about making mistakes. This makes it difficult to disentangle the positive and negative effects of perfectionism, not only for researchers, but also for people who have perfectionistic tendencies.

Professor Stoeber Inaugural Lecture Poster

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at 7pm.

If you would like to attend, please contact George Oatridge via