Award to support visit by Professor Gordon Hodson

Congratulations to Dr Kristof Dhont, who has been awarded £1,000 by the Dean for Internationalisation and the International Academic Visitor Fund.

The funding will support the visit of Professor Gordon Hodson (Brock University, Canada) to the School from 18 to 26 July. Staff members and PhD students who would like to meet with Gordon during his stay should get in touch with Kristof.

Gordon and Kristof’s recent review paper on individual difference predictors of prejudice (in the European Review of Social Psychology) is listed as one of the most popular articles published in 2015 in the behavioural sciences journals at Taylor & Francis or Routledge.

Kristof and Gordon were also co-authors on a paper published in the European Journal of Personality that has recently been awarded the 2015 Wiley Prize. The paper reports a meta-analysis on the association of cognitive ability with ideological attitudes and prejudice.


Hodson, G., & Dhont, K. (2015). The person-based nature of prejudice: Individual difference predictors of intergroup negativity. European Review of Social Psychology, 26, 1-42. DOI: 10.1080/10463283.2015.1070018. [free access at]

Onraet, E., Van Hiel, A., Dhont, K., Hodson, G., Schitterkatte, M., & De Pauw, S. (2015). The association of cognitive ability with right-wing ideological attitudes and prejudice: A meta-analytic review. European Journal of Personality, 29, 599-621. DOI: 10.1002/per.2027

Perceptions of workplace opportunities

Congratulations to Applied Psychology student Christie Marsh, who is to work on a funded British Psychological Society Undergraduate Research Assistantship on a project entitled “Perceptions of Workplace Opportunities”. Dr Georgina Randsley de Moura has been awarded £1,600 to support this project, which was developed with Christie and Dr Carola Leicht. As part of the award, Christie will present a poster at the Society’s Annual Conference in Brighton. The Research Board described the application as “exceptional”.

Training on the FIP-MO

Congratulations to Dr Nichola Tyler, who has been awarded £1,700 by Eric Shepherd Forensic Services for a project entitled “Training on the FIP-MO”.

The FIP-MO is the first standardised intervention for individuals with a mental/personality disorder who deliberately set fires. It was developed as part of a joint project by CORE-FP (University of Kent) and Kent Forensic Psychiatry Service (Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust).

Postgraduate students to attend science infographics event

Congratulations to Lauren SpinnerAife Hopkins-Doyle and Kiran Purewal, who have been awarded £120, £80 and £80 respectively by the Graduate School Eastern ARC Student Mobility Fund to assist them in attending the science infographics hack event, INFOHACKIT. This is a unique opportunity for PhD and postdoctoral researchers to work with infographic designers and data developers to produce amazing graphics to communicate research – all within an intense 12 hour period!

INFOHACKIT 2016 is free to attend, and takes place on Monday 22 February at the Open venue in Norwich city centre. It follows a previous event run with the Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (M-KEN).

Fatima Tresh wins grant to host leadership conference

Congratulations to Fatima Tresh, who has been awarded £3,500 by ESRC for the South East Doctoral Training Centre Interdisciplinary Competition, with the support of Abi Player and Dr Georgina Randsley de Moura.

The competition required submitting a proposal for a student-led interdisciplinary activity involving SEDTC researchers.

The award is to hold a conference at Kent on the topic of Leadership Diversity, with a focus on Women and Leadership, Innovative Leadership, Workplace diversity and Career Progression. The conference will be held in the summer term and will include HR professionals, academics and postgraduates.