Business engagement

Psychology in action

Psychologists at Exeter University have entered into partnerships with a range of public and private sector organisations, resulting in cutting edge research and, in many cases, long term partnerships.

Partner organisations

These are some of our current partner organisations:

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)
  • Donkey Sanctuary : A number of Masters students have conducted research projects at the Donkey Sanctuary.
  • Hospiscare: A further Great Western Research PhD studentship is being funded with Hospiscare, a South West–based, charity that provides specialist palliative care, support and education for terminally ill patients and their families across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, through the provision of a 12-bed hospice, community nursing and voluntary help. Hospiscare has identified a need to improve its staff skills in the identification and treatment of psychological distress, and to develop brief, acceptable, and inexpensive psychological interventions. The project is investigating interventions that can reduce psychological distress in patients and their families.  
  • IBM
  • Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • Office of Fair Trading: According to the Office of Fair Trading, scammers are getting more sophisticated and aim to con us all. The School of Psychology has been commissioned to investigate the techniques that scammers use to persuade scam victims to part with their money in email and postal scams. It is estimated that £3.5 billion per year in the UK is lost in this way. The research is looking at why scam victims behave in the way they do and the typical psychological techniques that scammers use.  Please return at the end of summer to read the results of this project.
  • Paignton Zoo and the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT): The Schools of Psychology and Biological Sciences both work closely with Paignton Zoo and the WWCT on a range of research projects, at all levels from undergraduate placements to PhD research. These have included molecular genetics of duiker antelope, Cirsium dissectum (meadow thistle) and endemic Sorbus (whitebeam) species, welfare of captive Abyssinian colobus monkeys, social mechanisms in bachelor gorilla groups, bargaining in baboons, social learning in colobus monkeys, theory of mind in gibbons and the existence of pre-existing concepts in macaques.
  • Rentokil
  • Royal College of Surgeons: researchers are investigating the psychological factors that may account for the poor retention of women over the course of surgical training.
  • Somerset Care Group: The Somerset Care Group is one of the largest not-for-profit groups in the country serving the care and training sectors. Based in Taunton the Group employs 3,000 staff in care settings throughout the South of England. A large research project was conducted in care settings at Somerset Care under the auspices of the IPSIS research centre. The project investigated the use of group and individual reminiscence interventions in the treatment of memory problems. Read what the Somerset Care Group has said about their work with the School of Psychology.

Example projects with multi-partner organisations

  • Women and Leadership. Read about the Glass Cliff project
  • The psychology of office space. Read about the Prism project
  • The psychology of driving. Strong links exist between the School of Psychology and the National Driver Improvement Scheme (a retraining scheme for traffic offenders), Department of Transport, Devon Drivers Centre and the Automobile Association, along with Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, a number of other police forces nationally, Devon Fire and Rescue Services, Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership and the Armed Forces. These links have resulted in unique opportunities for research into a number of related areas.
    Projects have included evaluating the effectiveness of the National Driver Improvement Scheme and research in the area of personality profiling of traffic offenders.

Intellectual property

It is not uncommon for collaborative research and consultancy projects to involve the development of intellectual property (IP) and of spin-off enterprises. Exeter University employs a number of experts in IP management who can advise on these issues. Contact our Business Liaison Officer for more information on issues relating to intellectual property.