Photo 1 Interested in exploring the future of human-AI social interaction? Apply for an industry aligned four-year PhD studentship programme available for September 2020 entry. Our Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Socially Intelligent Artificial Agents is a unique interdisciplinary centre awarded by UK Research and Innovation (£4.9 million) as part of a UK-wide investment in training the next generation in 16 AI Doctoral Training Centres. They are offering 15 fully funded 4-year PhD Studentships in Computing Science and Psychology with Integrated Study. Benefit from: - 120 credits of taught interdisciplinary courses in Year One - A three-year research project supported by a generous conference travel fund - Cohort building and training events - Collaboration and internship opportunities with our 16 international industrial partners - Participation in leadership programmes, outreach events and student-led workshops - Unique links with the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences - take part in their advanced training and popular annual Summer School Explore the wide range of our PhD projects and find out how to apply on our website: Applications close 28th February
Photo 2 A team of students and staff from the School of Psychology and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing has won the MVLS 2019 Engagement award for their public engagement activity Connecting Through Music. The initiative, led by Dr Satu Baylan and funded by a Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship to 4th year Psychology undergraduate student Šimon Hanzal, focused on the therapeutic use of music in neurological conditions. The activities allowed visitors to learn how music is processed in the brain, to contribute to research on music preferences and the use of music to influence mood.
Photo 3 Congratulations to Phil McAleer who has been announced as one of just 18 new Software Sustainability Institute Fellows by The Software Sustainability Institute! These new research software ambassadors represent some of the best people working in – and advocating for – better research software. As well as University of Glasgow, the 2020 Fellows come from 16 research institutions across the UK, including the British Trust for Ornithology, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, Loughborough University, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, The Alan Turing Institute, The British Library, University College London, University of Bristol, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of Sussex and University of York. The new cohort includes representatives from ten of the research fields in the Joint Academic Coding System (JACS) principal subject codes, including Medicine and dentistry; Biological sciences; Physical sciences; Mathematical sciences; Engineering and technology; Computer science; Mass communications and documentation; Historical and philosophical studies; and for the first time Veterinary science, Agriculture and related subjects.
Photo 4 University of Glasgow’s School of Psychology alumna Moa Schafer has been shortlisted as a finalist at the British Education Awards 2020 in recognition of her outstanding academic results and extracurricular success. Moa, who has been shortlisted within the ‘Degree’ category, graduated from the University of Glasgow with a first-class joint honours degree in Psychology and Business and Management in 2019. The British Education Awards distinguishes and celebrates individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the British education system and the award highlights how success comes down to personal endeavour and engagement. During her time at the University of Glasgow, Moa was acknowledged as one of the most disguised first-class students in Psychology and was nominated by the School of Psychology as the most outstanding graduate in the College of Social Science. Alongside her studies, Moa held various leadership positions in a number of societies, projects, and fundraisers. One of the stand-out contributions during her undergraduate degree was her head shave cancer fundraiser. Moa pledged that if she raised £1,000 for cancer research, she would shave off her 57cm long hair and donate it to a charity that makes wigs for children with chronic hair loss. By the end, she had doubled her initial target - raising a total of £2,296 in just a month. The fundraiser also led to Moa being recognised as one of the University of Glasgow’s official ‘World Changers’. This year’s British Education Awards ceremony will be held in Manchester on the 30th January 2020.
Photo 5 The next Mental Health and Wellbeing research group meeting will be on Wednesday 15th January at the Meeting Room from 13.00-14.00. We are delighted that Ms Betul Tatar will give us an overview of mindfulness and discuss recent findings from the Healthy Cognition Lab. This would be a great start to the discussions in the new year. Please see the abstract below. Mindfulness: A critical and practical introduction Over the past few decades, mindfulness has become a buzzword in daily conversations, a powerful tool in psychotherapy, and a popular topic for scientific investigation, especially in the context of mental health and wellbeing. But what exactly is mindfulness, and is there scientific evidence to back up the ‘hype’ around its effects? In this talk, I will outline background scientific information, with a focus on the challenges of defining and measuring mindfulness. I will provide an overview of recent evidence on the effects of mindfulness, also sharing findings from our lab on the mechanisms of a brief mindfulness-based technique. My talk will include practical mindfulness exercises that can be used in daily life.
Psychology at the University of Glasgow is rated very highly for research and teaching.
In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, Psychology at Glasgow was ranked #1 in research intensity (jointly with UCL) according to the Times Higher Education. We earned the highest grade possible (4*) for a very high proportion (44%) of research. For teaching, we are consistently ranked 1st in Scotland and in the top 5 in the UK in national league tables, such as #2 in the 2015 Guardian Universities Guide.
The Subject Area of Psychology spans two colleges:

-  the College of Science
   and Engineering

-  the College of Medical,
    Veterinary and Life Sciences
February 28th 2020, 15:30

Dr. Mick Craig
from the University of Exeter
(invited by )
March 5th 2020, 14:30

Dr Marwa Mahmoud
(invited by )