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Peter Hills – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Peter is a cognitive psychologist by training, having obtained his PhD from Cardiff University in the development of face recognition in 2008. He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, having used a plethora of research methods and analysis techniques.

His main research areas are in face recognition and reducing sexual violence and sexual harassment. He has also extended his research profile into domains such as schizotypy and hazard perception in driving.

Peter joined Bath Spa University in July 2023 as the Academic Lead for Portfolio Review and Curriculum Development in the School of Sciences. In this role, he also has responsibility for ensuring the quality of education across the School whilst also supporting the Psychology subject area.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Psychology, Cardiff University, 2008
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, 2004
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Cardiff University, 2003

Professional memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)
  • Association of Heads of Psychology Departments (AHPD)
  • Vision Sciences Society (VSS)
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (fHEA)
  • Psychonomic Society

Other external roles

  • Committee Member Association of Heads of Psychology Departments
  • Board Member on the Education and Training Board, British Psychological Society

Research impact

  • Creed, F. & Bermingham, R. (2019). Improving Witness Testimony. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Contributor to POSTnotes POST-PN-0607.
  • McAlaney, J., Hills, P. J., Cole, T., Skinner, R., & Thomson, S. (2018). Sexual assault and campus culture: A response to Graham Towl's article. The Psychologist, 31(5), 7-8.
  • Hills, P. J. (2007). Are you sitting on your materials? The Psychologist, 20, 81 (February).

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