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Teaching and knowledge exchange at the heart of IWP

Research from the Institute of Work Psychology is headline grabbing, but there’s more to the IWP than this.

Students on the MSc Occupational Psychology and doctoral researchers are at the heart of the IWP’s activities and, along with the established team of academics, spend time sharing their knowledge with the public and industry. Here we review some of the IWP’s recent engagement activities:


IWP-Tata2013Hats off to students’ steely determination

MSc Occupational Psychology students can say ‘ta-ta’ to lecturers and tutorials now and again…

On 20 November, our group of postgraduate students visited Tata Steel in Stockbridge, Sheffield. Tata Steel is one of the world most geographically diversified steel producers and students learnt a great deal from the visit.


North of the Boarder

Dr Carolyn Axtell, senior lecturer at Sheffield University Management School, was invited to speak at Holyrood Magazine’s Mobile and Flexible Working Conference.

Held in Edinburgh on 28 October, Dr Axtell spoke about the effect of mobile and remote work on the workforce. This is a subject in which she is well versed, as in recent years she has worked with a range of organisations within both the public and private sector. Research projects have broadly related to either evaluating the impact of new technologies and new ways of working or helping develop new work practices. Carolyn has been invited to contribute to chapters/papers and speak at conferences on the topic of virtual working.

Holyrood Magazine is Scotland’s political and current affairs publication read by key legislators, Scottish parliamentarians, civil servants, political parties, health boards and trusts. This conference was held by their technical magazine. Read more:


Staying in touch: Alumni Success

Following on from Kate Bonsall-Clarke’s accolade last year, IWP alumna Kate Firth won the prestigious Practitioner of the Year award from the British Psychological Society.

Kate’s prize-winning submission contained redesigning the selection process for a large development programme at Tesco. Her work improved the effectiveness of identifying the best candidates for the programme and improved applicants’ experience.

The school’s MSc Occupational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Read more:


ESRC Festival of Social Science: Is anybody out there?

It seems there are a lot of people out there to want to learn about IWP’s PhD students’ research.

A packed meeting room attended to hear Peter Crellin and Sarah Brooks give a talk as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Titled ‘Is Anybody Out There? Why bosses Don’t Always Listen’, the event took place on 4 November at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (ICOSS), Portobello Road.

The pair discussed ways that senior management prevent their employees from talking openly to them. This can have subsequent effects on the employees and the wider organisation; Sarah and Peter drew on and combined their experience within the Institute of Work Psychology and wider research interests such as destructive leadership and workplace silence.

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