Paul Wilson


Accepting PhD Students

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


Research activity per year

Personal profile


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

An active member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), he is on the national executive committee of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology. He is also a member of the BPS Undergraduate Education Committee, which is responsible for the accreditation of Psychology degree programmes in the UK. In 2019 he was elected 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:

Director of Undergradate Education

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).

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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