School of Psychology

Research Environment

Research is an integral part of the School of Psychology. From PhD students to staff, we endeavour to further the understanding of the mind and human behaviour without losing sight of the practical applications of our work.

Eighty-five percent of our faculty are research active, covering a wide variety of areas. The other fifteen percent focus exclusively on teaching and scholarship. This structure enables us to provide quality teaching and integrate current research into our undergraduate courses. We also have a large number of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers that contribute to our vibrant research culture. 

The School is home to two major Research Centres:


We typically attract around £3 million in external funding every year from diverse funders, including five of the UK Research Councils (BBSRC, MRC, ESRC, EPSRC, NERC), the European Commission, major UK charitable trusts and the NIHR, alongside philanthropic donors and industrial partners. We use this money to carry out research that has benefited government departments, public services, regulatory bodies, charities, local authorities, industries and individual organisations. 

As part of our strategy, we have identified four cross-cutting strategic focus areas that encourage our researchers to work together across traditional boundaries and translate research into impact:

In response to the discipline-wide challenges from the replication crisis in psychology, we also identified the need for a fifth strategic focus area in Open Science and Psychological Methods, to build on our strengths in research methodology and promote best practice in study design, Open Data, and statistical practice.

We have a weekly colloquia series that welcomes re-known speakers from all areas of psychology as well as other talk series organised by each of the Research Groups. Psychology is also a major contributor to the Sussex Neuroscience seminar series. Check news and events for more details.

Watch the professorial lectures that some of our faculty have given at the University.

To find out more about our research activities: