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Paul Wilson


  • Room 01.506 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the area of Studying in Higher Education, e.g. - Investigating Perceptions, Expectations and Experiences of Higher Education Study - University Readiness and Transition - Relationships between Dispositional Traits (Personality, Intelligence etc.) and Educational Outcomes

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Personal profile


Paul Wilson is a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is a teaching and learning focussed lecturer, specialising in the areas of Individual Differences, Quantitative Methods, Psychometrics and Historical/Conceptual Issues in Psychology. Currently, Paul is the Course Director for the Undergraduate Degree Programmes in Psychology.

An active member of the BPS, he is on the national executive committee of the of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology as Honorary Secretary and member of the Professional Practice Board. In 2019 he was appointed to the executive committee of the European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching (ESPLAT), holding the position of Secretary Treasurer.

In 2014 Paul was awarded a PhD for a thesis entitled 'On the Relationship Between Intelligence and Inhibitory Control: Individual Differences in Cognitive Chronometry'. He is a qualified psychological test user for Occupational Testing (Ability and Personality) and holds the Level 2 European Test User Certificate.

He is a member of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences and the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences.

Research Interests

Paul's research interests include human intelligence, personality, metacognition and how these factors are related to educational attainment. He is currently running a project to encourage student’s self-development using insight into their personality traits and also collaborating with colleagues on a longitudinal research project examining cognitive and non-cognitive predictors of educational outcomes in higher education. He has pedagogical research interests including the use of student response systems in large classes and using meaningful assessments to improve student engagement with education.


School of Psychology

PSY1008 Foundations of Psychology (Perspectives in Individual Differences)

PSY1009 Introduction to Methods in Psychology [Module Co-ordinator] (Conceptual Issues of Methodology, Complex Experimental Designs, Visualising Data, Correlation)

PSY2066 Core Psychology II (Psychology for Employability: Psychometric Testing in Recruitment)

PSY2067 Psychological Methods (ANOVAs, Reliability & Validity, Sampling and Power, Factor Analysis, Linear Regression, Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling)

PSY7093 Methods, Design and Analysis in Psychology (Survey Designs and Questionnaires, Reliability & Validity, Sampling and Power, Factor Analysis, Correlations and Linear Regression)

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biological Science

MED2015 Concepts in People and Populations (Peoples Strand: Cognitive, Physical, Social and Emotional Development, Physical and Sensory Disability, Intelligence, Perception, Memory, Language and Personality)


Personal Tutor - Level one

Thesis Supervisor - Level three

Positions of Responsibility

Course Director for BSc Psychology and BSc Psychology with Professional Placement

School Academic Offences Committee Chair

Previous Undergraduate Teaching:

PSY1002 Introductory Psychology 2 (Inferential Statistics)

PSY1004 Thinking Critically About Popular Psychology (Personality, Intelligence and Learning Styles)

PSY2056 Research Methods and Statistics (Longitudinal Methods)

PSY2065 Core Psychology I (Individual Differences: Psychometrics, Personality, Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence; Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology: Metaphors, Development of Concepts, Abnormality, Concepts of People Versus Population).

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Research Output 2008 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

The bright side of dark: Exploring the positive effect of narcissism on perceived stress through mental toughness

Papageorgiou, K. A., Gianniou, F-M., Wilson, P., Moneta, G. B., Bilello, D. & Clough, P. J., 01 Mar 2019, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 139, p. 116-124

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Engaging Your Students, Flipped Lecturing and Personal Response Systems [Symposium]

Wilson, P. (ed.), 24 Mar 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Integrating Digital Literacy into the Psychology Curriculum [in Reflections, The CED Newsletter]

Wilson, P., 01 Jun 2016, Reflections, 22, p. 6 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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605 Downloads (Pure)

Obsessive-compulsive symptoms and attentional bias: An eye-tracking methodology

Bradley, M. C., Hanna, D., Wilson, P., Scott, G., Quinn, P. & Dyer, K. F. W., Mar 2016, In : Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 50, p. 303-308 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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School of Psychology Teaching Excellence Award

Paul Wilson (Recipient), 01 Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

STAR Performance Award

Paul Wilson (Recipient), 15 Nov 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2007 2021

International Society for the Study of Individual Differences Conference

Paul Wilson (Conference committee chair)
26 Jul 202130 Jul 2021

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

The Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology Annual Conference 2020

Paul Wilson (Conference committee chair)
18 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

External Examiner, BSc Psychology & BSc Psychology with Management, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

Paul Wilson (Examiner)
01 Sep 2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesUG external examination

Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year Award (Event)

Paul Wilson (Vice Chair)
01 Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology Annual Conference 2019

Paul Wilson (Conference committee co-chair)
04 Jun 201905 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference