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Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster

In the Work Psychology cluster we focus 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.


What do we do?

Our Aims


Our cluster aims to:

  • Encourage staff members with a psychology background to build on their expertise and develop their teaching and research.
  • Provide a point of contact for work psychology consultancy projects.
  • Develop research projects that draw on the knowledge and expertise of all members.
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

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 Psychology. Attendance is free for MMU staff.


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)

For more information

  • Cluster Leader:
    Dr Anna Sutton
  • Address:
    Knowledge Hub,
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    Business School,
    All Saints Campus,
    Oxford Road,
    Manchester, M15 6BH,
    United Kingdom
  • Email:
    a.sutton@mmu.ac.uk