Bethan Iley

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I completed my BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology and MSc in Political Psychology at the University of Kent. I started my PhD at Queen's University Belfast in 2020.

Research Statement

My research aims to investigate and change negative attitudes towards gender equality initiatives (such as Athena SWAN) within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These findings will be used to develop game-based training to support these initiatives. My project is supervised by Dr Ioana Latu and Professor Rhiannon Turner.

I am a member of the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations.


  • Teaching Assistant: Psychology Pathway Opportunity Programme; PSY7066 Quantitative Data Analysis 2.
  • Coursework marking: PSY1009 Introduction to Methods in Psychology; PSY1010 Using Psychology in Everyday Life; PSY7092 Applications of Psychology in the ‘Real World’; Psychology Pathway Opportunity Programme.


I have received the following awards and scholarships:

  • Department for the Economy (DfE) Research Studentship (Queen's University Belfast, 2020-2023).
  • School of Psychology Taught Master's Scholarship (University of Kent, 2019-2020).
  • Graduate School Scholarship (University of Kent, 2019-2020).
  • Tizard Centre Award for the highest mark in Tizard Centre Modules (University of Kent, 2018-2019).


  • Outstanding Contribution to Academic Communities [Finalist], Kent Student Awards (University of Kent, 2020).
  • Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science Commendation for the ReproducibiliTea project [as a local journal club founder/organiser] (2020).


Past and current professional and service roles:

  • British Psychological Society Student Representative (University of Kent, 2019-20).

Professional body membership:

  • British Psychological Society (Graduate Membership) - Social Psychology Section, Political Psychology Section.
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (Graduate Student Membership).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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