Manchester Metropolitan University

Work Psychology

Focusing on how psychology can be used to improve people’s well-being at work and to help individuals and organisations to capitalise on their potential.

We are passionate about using the latest psychological knowledge and research to improve people’s work lives, both through teaching and consultancy. 

We run both undergraduate and postgraduate electives that explore the interface between business and psychology, seeking to develop business students’ understandings of psychological insights and applications.

Our cluster aims to:

 

Who are we?

We are a welcoming and friendly group, open to anyone who is interested in psychology and how it can be applied at work. We have two types of members in our cluster:

Contributing Members are those who are active in the field of work psychology and contribute to our meetings or seminars by sharing their expertise. Associate Members are those who are interested in the field and would like to be kept up to date with the latest developments — they receive regular invitations to our events as well as the occasional news item.

If you’re interested in finding out more or joining the cluster, come along to any of our events or email us at workpsych@mmu.ac.uk.

 

Cluster Leader

Contributing Members

Research interests

Some of our specific research interests include effective emotion management and decision-making, the role of personality and authenticity at work, and diversity, stress and alternative forms of employment.

Our members are also actively involved in consultancy work, including:

  • Stress management and well-being
  • Diversity audits
  • Design of development centres
  • Culture change and employee engagement

Cluster events

Upcoming

10 October 2016 

16:30 to 20:30

Anna Sutton is speaking at The Future of Selection, a joint CIPD / BPS / ABP event.

Eventbrite Booking page

16 Nov 

4-5pm

BS 3.05

Topic: Innovation and Intrapreneurship
Speaker: Hannah Johnson, Business Psychologist at Carter Corson

Eventbrite Booking page

Hannah Johnson will explore the links between innovation and intrapreneurship and their importance in the business world. She will share her experiences of working on a pan-European project to develop a measure of innovation capacity. The tool is currently being validated for use on students and working professionals and will be launched next year. Hannah will share the innovation model that underpins this tool and talk about the applications for universities, business and consultants.

25 January 

2-3pm 

BS 3.06

Topic: Dealing with Transition: International Academics in UK Higher Education
Speaker: Dr Marilena Antoniadou

8 March

2-3:30pm

Room tbc

Topic: Gameification in Recruitment and Selection
Speaker: Joe Wilson, Occupational Psychologist at Arctic Shores

Arctic Shores develop and implement Games-based Assessments for their clients and Joe will be giving us a down-to-earth look at the process they go through in 'gameifying' the selection process.

Past

16.3.2016
1.00pm–2.00pm
BS 3.19
Topic
Methods and concepts to improve your memory 

Speakers
Adam Parkin
10.2.2016
1.00pm–2.00pm
BS 4.44
Topic
Building Your Resilience

Speakers
Paul Walsh
27.1.2016
6.00pm–8.00pm
BS 3.19
Topic
Cutting edge work psychology research 

Speakers
Members of the Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster
2.12.2015
2.00pm–3.30pm
BS 3.18
Topic
Neuroscience and Teams

Speakers
Lori Shook
18.11.2015
1.00pm–2.00pm
GM 224
Topic
Innovative methods in studying stress

Speakers
Sarah Crozier

Downloads

21.10.2015
2.00pm–3.00pm
BS 3.01
Topic
The key to development success

Speakers
Jodi O’Dell
17.06.2015
6pm–8pm
BS 3.19
Topic
How to Become a More Confident and Effective Networker 

Speaker
Will Kintish
04.03.2015
1pm–3pm
BS 3.11
Topic
Fun in the Workplace 

Speakers
Dr Marilena Antoniadou & Dr Mark Crowder

Downloads

04.02.2015
2pm–3pm
BS 3.21
Topic
Is email killing you? Are machines stealing your jobs? 

Speaker
David C. Roberts (Senior Lecturer, MMU Business School)
19.11.2014
2pm–3pm
BS 5.05
Topic
Are your decisions really your decisions? 

Speaker
Dr Mark Crowder (Senior Lecturer, MMU Business School)

Downloads

22.10.2014
4.00pm–5.30pm
BS 1.23
Topic
Work Psychology in Action Book Launch 

Speaker
Dr Anna Sutton

Downloads

  • Flyer (Powerpoint, 131kb)
10.09.2014
1.00pm–3.00pm
BS 4.04
Topic
Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster launch 

Downloads

ABP events

The Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster hosts monthly events with the Association of Business PsychologyAttendance is free for MMU staff.

Upcoming

29 November

6-8 pm

BS 3.03

Topic: Consumer Psychology
Speaker: tbc

Past

9.6.2016
6.00pm–8.00pm
BS 3.01
Topic
Creating sustainable change and improving wellbeing: smokescreen or reality… 

Speaker
  • Paula Brockwell, Robertson Cooper
18.5.2016
6.00pm–8.00pm
BS 3.01
Topic
Agree to Disagree: Mediation in Action 

Speakers
  • Terry Duffy, Senior Adviser, ACAS
  • Diane Grandidge, Greater Manchester Police
  • Melanie Faragher, Greater Manchester Police
  • Andrew Fiddy, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
27.1.2016
6.00pm–8.00pm
BS 3.03
Topic
Cutting edge work psychology research 

Speakers
Members of the Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster
18.11.2015
6.00pm–8.00pm
BS 3.03
Topic
Emotional Intelligence: nailing a jelly to the wall? 

Speaker
Gail Steptoe-Warren
14.10.2015
6.00pm–8.00pm
BS 3.19
Topic
Values based leadership 

Speaker
Scott Lichtenstein
16.09.2015
6.00pm–8.00pm
BS 3.19
Topic
Improving Organisational Performance – where to focus 

Speaker
Anna Whitehead (JSNA Manager, Cheshire East Council)