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Division of Academics, Researchers, and Teachers in Psychology

The Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP) promotes the professional interests of psychologists who teach and/or conduct research, whether in a university, school, college or any other academic environment.

Who we are

We promote the professional interests of psychologists who teach and/or conduct research, whether in a university, school, college or any other academic environment.

  • We aim to facilitate the professional development of academics, researchers and teachers in psychology.
  • We assist our members in developing and disseminating their skills, professional knowledge and careers in psychology.
  • We provide opportunities for collaboration across different sectors within psychology education.

How we support our members

  • We aim to keep members up to date with the latest divisional news and engaged in supporting the discipline of Psychology across both domains of teaching and research.
  • We ensure that members are represented appropriately within the BPS through its committees. Externally the division is represented and promoted through national and international activity.
  • We support our members through the member publication, Psychology Teaching Review, and by providing regular continuing professional development events and workshops.
Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology

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Teaching and Learning Issues in the Disciplines: Psychology

In 2015, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) commissioned research from a number of professional bodies, including the BPS, to find out more about current issues in learning and teaching within specific disciplines in higher education.

Dr Julie Hulme and Helen Kitching of DART-P led the psychology project, carrying out focus groups in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with participants from different career stages and from diverse universities.

Data were analysed using thematic analysis. This report summarises the key findings, and makes recommendations for the enhancement and support of psychology learning and teaching.


Useful links

Initial Teacher Education guidance document

The purpose of this guidance is to:

  • Promote discussions between prospective trainees, mentors and providers about high-quality Initial Teacher Education (ITE) of psychology teachers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Clarify the distinction between the role of a psychology teacher and other roles in relation to pastoral duties, safeguarding, and mental health.
  • Inform the role of a psychology ITE subject lead 
  • Provide a quality checklist or audit tool for psychology trainers to review their provision.

The content has been derived from a range of sources including the Teacher Standards, Carter review and the Munday framework. It reflects the commitment of the British Psychological Society to ensuring that high quality Initial Teacher Education in psychology is available throughout the UK.

Download the document

Meet the DARTP committee

Chair - Helen Kitching

Helen is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS.

She is Chair of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology and Chair of the Standing Committee for Pre-Tertiary Education.

She is Head of Psychology at a school in Eastbourne as well as Mental Health Lead and also organises the Annual Conference of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology.

Chair Elect - Patrick Rosenkranz

Dr. Patrick Rosenkranz is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, as well as a co-opted member of the DART-P committee for 2019, and also serves on the BPS Undergraduate Education Committee.

He works as a teaching –focussed Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University, where he also acts as programme director for the single honours psychology programme.

His current educational focus is on designing new ways of enhancing the psychological literacy and professional development of psychology students, for instance through engaging in entrepreneurial learning, and supporting students whose mental health interferes with their academic studies.

Past Chair - Vacant

Honorary Treasurer - Simon Goodson

Honorary Secretary - Maxine Swingler

Vice Chair Research - Lee Hulbert-Williams

Dr Lee Hulbert-Williams is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Chester. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS. 

Lee has extensive academic experience developing new psychology courses and leading courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He currently teaches intervention approaches (including the history of therapy) and research methods.

Lee also has experience in strategic and management roles, including current research leadership roles at both School and Faculty level and previous management experience outside of the university sector. 

His research interests concern the development and testing of psychological interventions, especially brief, coaching, and web-based interventions. Much of his previous work has focused on the development of psychometric scales to support the basic research underpinning such interventions.

His work has recently been funded by internal and external funders, including clinical trial funding from North West Cancer Research.

Vice Chair Teaching - Emma McDonald

Dr. Emma McDonald a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology at Birmingham City University.

Prior to Birmingham City University, Emma held a teaching post in psychology at Oxford Brookes University, where the majority of her time was spent teaching, and supporting research methods and statistics on a number of modules.

Before her post at Oxford Brookes University, Emma worked as a Scientific Officer at the University of Plymouth's School of Psychology. She conducted her PhD on Memory and Dyslexia at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

Before starting her PhD, Dr. McDonald lectured on the psychology modules of the Welfare Studies Diploma alongside GCSE Psychology at Coleg Morgannwg.

Committee Member - Mark Sergeant

Dr. Mark Sergeant is a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the BPS and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He is the Acting Chair of the Standing Conference Committee, serves on the BPS committees of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology (DARTP) and is a member of the Research Board.

Mark is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He currently works as the Learning and Teaching Manager for the School of Social Sciences and is the Academic Integrity Coordinator at both a Departmental and School level.

His research interests are in pedagogy, with a particular focus on Academic Integrity.

Committee Member - Amy Fielden

Committee Member - Anna Law

Committee Member - Maxine Swingler

Committee Member - Paul Wilson

Dr. Paul Wilson is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the BPS, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He serves on the BPS committees of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology (DARTP), the Northern Ireland branch, and is a member of the Professional Practice Board.

Paul is a lecturer (Education) in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast where he is the Course Director of the BSc Psychology programmes and specialises in teaching Individual Differences, Psychometrics and Statistics.

His research interests are in cognitive ability, personality and factors influencing educational attainment, as well as pedagogy - particularly in the use of student response systems in the classroom.

Committee Member - Claire Barker

Claire Barker is a Chartered Psychologist and an elected member of the DART-P Committee since November 2018.

Claire is currently Head of Department at Queen’s College Taunton, a co-education independent boarding school.

She has taught A-level Psychology for over 14 years with a keen interest on student mental health and well being.

She is also the Pastoral Tutor Coordinator for her school, responsible for developing tutoring materials which are underpinned by psychological theory for delivery by non-specialists.

Committee Member - Robin Green

PsyPAG Representative - Georgina Wren

Psychology Teaching Review Representative - Wendy Sims-Schouten, Louise Bunce

Scottish Representative - Gillian Hendry

Dr Gillian Hendry (C. Psychol., FHEA) is a Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland, leading on qualitative research skills teaching across both the undergraduate and Masters curriculum. She is the Psychology Teaching Review book editor, and serves as the Scottish Representative on the DARTP committee. Her PhD work was focused on student group interaction, and more recent research interests are focused on inclusion practices: (e.g. deaf students in education, hidden disability in society) and 'education' broadly: (e.g. the impact of Covid on teachers and teaching, student perspectives of graduate attributes, teachers' use of research, problem based learning).

Welsh Representative - Louise Allen-Walker

Irish Representative - Elida Cena

ATP Representative - Harriet Ennis

Harriet Ennis is Head of Psychology at Bootham School in York, a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS. She is member of the ATP (Association for the Teaching of Psychology) committee and has been co-opted to the DARTP committee to represent the ATP.  

She delivers CPD for teachers of psychology and teaches master-classes and residential courses on psychology as part of the York Independent-State Schools Partnership (ISSP) for which she gained an award from the Northeast Branch of the BPS for public engagement in psychology, in 2019.  Harriet has also been a contributor to the BPS' PTR journal, both as a peer reviewer and as an author. 

She is part of the University of York Psychology Advisory Board. She is keen to be involved in making fruitful links across educational sectors within psychology education nationally and internationally and to promote psychological literacy within society more broadly.  

ATSiP Representative - Sean Rooney

Psychology Teaching Review (PTR)

Editorial Board

Co-Editors: Dr Louise Taylor & Dr Wendy sims-Schouten


Psychology Teaching Review

Psychology Teaching Review encourages research on teaching and learning in psychology, to serve as a vehicle for the sharing of good practice, and to improve the teaching of psychology at all levels. It carries articles on any aspects of teaching and learning in psychology, particularly those with a strong theoretical underpinning.




There are a host of benefits that come with your membership of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology, including:

  • Access to preferential rates for workshops, webinars and other CPD events 
  • Access to the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP) website which includes access to members only resources
  • Network and support from colleagues in the field 
  • Receiving announcement emails about events and items of interest
  • Support, both in the pre-tertiary and higher education sectors, to gain Chartered status through the teaching route 
  • The biannual Psychology Teaching Review (PTR) publication

Can I join?

Membership of the Division is open to members of the British Psychological Society. If you are not already a member, you can join DARTP at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

There are three grades of divisional membership:

  • Full Divisional membership

For fully qualified psychologists who are eligible for Chartered Status.

  • In-training Divisional membership

For psychologists in-training who hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and are working towards Chartered status and Full Divisional membership.

  • General Divisional membership

For members who are not currently eligible for the above grades, to join as a General Member.

DARTP Membership - Teaching or Research Route

It is also possible to apply for membership of the DARTP based upon established experience of teaching and/or research.

Find out more about how to apply via these routes


  • Full Member £15
  • In Training Member £15
  • General Member £15

Member Announcement List

The Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP) uses its membership announcement email list to inform members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the DARTP you are automatically allocated to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  • become a member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology
  • opt into receiving email communications and provide a working email address
  • These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'DARTP announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the DARTP Committee

The Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Division is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.

If you would like to apply to join the Committee, you can submit a Statement of Interest, found on our Members Online Resources area.