Dr Paul B. Hutchings BA (Hons) PPE (Open), BSc, PGCE (PCET), MSc, PhD, Eng, CPsychol, CSci, FHEA, AFBPsS

Programme director BSc Psychology (Swansea Campus)
Senior Lecturer in Psychology


Tel: +44 (0) 1792 482080
E-mail: paul.hutchings@uwtsd.ac.uk

paul hutchings

  • Psychology Programme Director 2009 - present
  • Director of Postgraduate Research
  • PhD Supervision

I started my career in psychology as a mature student, having previously been an airframe engineer. From 2001 – 2008 I studied for my BSc in psychology, MSc in research, and PhD in social cognition at Cardiff University. In 2008 I moved to Swansea Metropolitan University as a lecturer and took on the Programme Director role in 2009.

My role as the Programme Director is a very simple one – to ensure that students know what is required of them for their programme of study and to ensure that the team delivers high quality teaching based upon research.

I am a member of the following professional organisations:

  • British Psychological Society (BPS [Associate Fellow])
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • European Association of Social Psychologists (EASP)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • BPS Welsh Branch: I am currently the Chair of the BPS in Wales, a role I have held since being elected to the post in November 2015.

My teaching area mainly centres around issues in the field of social and political psychology and how this relates to society, but I also have a strong interest in the use of experimental psychology to inform societal well-being.

My modules on the undergraduate degree for the 16/17 academic year include:

  • M4X00907 Psychology in Society
  • M5X00909 Current Debates in Psychology
  • M6X00916 Prejudice and Discrimination

At postgraduate level I am heavily involved in many aspects of the MSc Applied Social and Health Psychology, particularly in the social and experimental areas of the course.

I am qualified as a Director of Studies for postgraduate degrees (MPhil/PhD) and take on one or two students per year as research degree candidates.

My primary areas of research interest are in the fields of social psychology, social cognition, and political science.  These include:

Group membership: how racial, cultural, and perceived group membership influences perception of, and behaviour towards, in-groups and out-groups from a macro (e.g., cultural genocide) to micro (e.g., individual differences in prejudice type) level. This covers a wide variety of exploration, such as other-race and same-race issues, European immigration, and perception of nationality. Current research is examining the perception of Muslims in UK society.

Emotion recognition: how non-verbal communication (nvc) may differ through the use of display rules, particularly in nvc between members of different cultural and racial groups. Much of my research in this area focuses upon examining whether a dialect theory of emotion expression influences universal emotions, and whether this is influenced by cognitive processing and attitude.

Face recognition: how featural and configural encoding and processing influences the recognition of in-group and out-group members, and whether individual differences in attitude influence encoding type and recognition of faces.

Political psychology/Media influence: how the media influences attitudes and decision-making, particularly decisions involving political attitudes (voting, understanding policy, etc.).

Use of online resources: how people access and use information online, and whether this use can be improved. 

As a social psychologist I utilise a research-led approach to both exploring and solving problems within society. Our work on projects such as the Welsh Government-funded organ donation analysis and the Tenovus funded C:EVOLVE online counselling project are examples of how we can combine rigorous academic practice and apply it to issues within society.

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Please see the School of Psychology for details of consultancy projects.

Selected publications

Phelps, C., Minou M., Baker, A., Hughes C.,…Hutchings, P.B. (2016) Necessary but not sufficient? Engaging young people in the development of an avatar-based online intervention designed to provide psychosocial support to young people affected by their own or a family member's cancer diagnosis.  Health Expectations: advance online publication. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12473

Hutchings, P. B., Grey, P. M., Manchipp, S. J., & Phelps, C. (2014). Understanding public attitudes to organ donation: A media analysis. International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 21 (Supply 1): S184 

Hutchings, P.B., Fitzgerald, E., &Phelps, C (2014). Quick to judge: Using experimental methods to explore implicit attitudes towards different genetic conditions and their influence on intentions to undergo genetic testing.  International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 21 (Supply 1): S36

Phelps, C., Hughes, C., Baker, A., French, H., Minou, M., & Hutchings, P. B. (2014.) #Letthekeyboarddothetalking: involving young people in the development of an online psychosocial counselling cancer intervention.  International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 21 (Supply 1): S76

Hutchings, P. B. (2013). Student engagement with virtual learning environments: Why and why not. Higher Education Academy.

Hutchings, P. B., Grey, P. M., Manchipp, S. J., & Phelps, C. (2013). Understanding public attitudes to organ donation: A media analysis. Cathays, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Hutchings, P. B. (2010). Examining student feedback preferences. In K. Fitzgibbon (Ed.), First year student experience Wales: A practice guide, pp 24 – 26. York: Higher Education Academy.

Hutchings, P. B. (2010). Heads up. In L. Thomas and C. Jamieson-Ball (Eds.), Engaging students to improve student retention and success in higher education in Wales, p27. York: Higher Education Academy.

Hutchings, P. B., & Haddock, G. (2008). Look Black in anger: The role of implicit prejudice in the categorization and perceived emotional intensity of racially ambiguous faces. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology44, 1418 – 1420.

Book reviewer for the Psychology Express series of textbooks (Prentice Hall)

Selected Conference Presentations

Hutchings, P. B. (2016). Gwneud Argraff Mewn Cenedl Ddwyieithog: Making an Impact in a Bilingual Nation. Invited talk at British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Nottingham, April 2016.

Hutchings, P. B., & Sullivan, K. E. (2015). Opposition to Immigration Raised When Out-Group Salience Focuses on Muslims. American Psychological Association Annual Conference, New York, June 2015.

Hutchings, P. B. (2014). Psychology and language: Targeted communication about genetics. British Psychological Society Welsh branch Health of the Nation Conference, Swansea.

Hutchings, P. B. (2014). Psychology in Society: Filling the Vacuum. Keynote speech to 39th Annual PsyPAG Conference, Cardiff.

Hutchings, P.B., Fitzgerald, E., & Phelps, C (2014). Exploring implicit attitudes towards different genetics information amongst lay people and the general population. British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, York.

Hutchings, P. B. (December 2011). Putting the VLE before the HE: Prior training increases course engagement. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Higher Education, Newport, Wales.

Hutchings, P. B. (March 2011). Surviving a terrorist attack. Keynote speech at 40th BPS Welsh Annual Student Conference, Swansea, UK.

Hutchings, P. B., & Haddock, G. (January 2010). Racist and grumpy? Global negativity in modern racists. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hutchings, P. B., & Haddock, G. (September 2007). The effect of implicit and explicit prejudice on the recognition of out-group emotion. Symposium paper presented at the meeting of the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section, Canterbury, UK.


Selected Research Grants

2016 – Co-applicant: Tenovus the Cancer Charity. Analysing Implementation of Nurse-led Cancer Call-back Services. £12,000

2013 - Co-applicant: Tenovus the Cancer Charity Innovation Grant Scheme The C:EVOLVE Project. Evaluation of an online virtual environment for counselling young people affected by cancer. £30,000

2013 - Welsh Government ‘Understanding public attitudes to organ donation: A media analysis’. £8,000

2012 - Higher Education Academy ‘Student engagement with virtual learning environments: Why and why not’. £6,880

2011- British Psychological Society ‘Parenting styles and their influence on emotion perception in children’. £1,600