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About Kirsty Miller

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Wales: Bangor, before moving to Lancaster University to work as a research assistant, investigating the development of prehension in children. Whilst working as an RA, I enrolled on a part time PhD, under the supervision of Professor Mary Smyth. My PhD was completed in 2007 in Lancaster, titled, The relationship between the hands in bimanual aiming. I joined the Lincoln School of Psychology as a lecturer in the summer of 2007. I became programme lead of BSc (Hons) Psychology, BSc (JHons) Psychology & Marketing, BSc (JHons) Psychology & Social Policy in 2010 and held these roles for 5 years. Programme development has been a key aspect of my practice, particularly the development of student as producer through the design and implementation of the Psychology Student Conference and Dissertation Fair. With the support of my colleagues I have built strong student engagement within Psychology and made student partnership standard practice when approaching curriculum design and programme change.

Department Responsibilities

Current Roles School Director of Teaching & Learning Co-Chair of Subject Committee (with a student Co-Chair) Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee School Student Engagement Champion College of Social Science Education and Students Committee College Board of Studies Past Roles Programme Lead: BSc (Hons) Psychology, BSc (JHons) Psychology & Marketing, BSc (JHons) Psychology & Social Policy. School Coordinator for Peer Mentor Scheme and Peer Assisted Study Scheme School of Psychology Ethics Committee Web page working group School Director of the Student Journey – Pastoral responsibility for undergraduate students from enrolment to graduation. Lead of Open Day Working Group – focused on changing the dynamic of opens days, emphasising student engagement. Tutorial Change Working Group – Creating a student tutorial system to enhance key study skills. School of Psychology Student Conference Coordinator Member of Pedagogies of Partnership Project Advisory Group Teaching Coordinate and teach on PSY2004M Developmental Psychology (2nd year core module) and PSY3165M Fantasy Neuroscience (3rd year elective). Teach on Developmental Psychopathology (3rd year elective), Theories & Mechanisms in Developmental Psychology and Advanced Methods in Developmental Psychology (MSc Developmental Psychology). Academic tutor Supervise 2nd year small group practicals, 3rd year dissertations, Masters and PhD students

Subject Specialism

Motor control, handedness, utilisation of sensory info to control action. Student Expectations, Engagement and Motivations


  • Institutional Change Leader Award — JISC (SEDA accredited ), 2016
  • PhD (The relationship between the hands in bimanual aiming) — Lancaster University, 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology 1st — University of Wales: Bangor, 1999


  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence — University of Lincoln,
  • Individual Merit Award — University of Lincoln,
  • Student Engagement - Team Achievement Award — University of Lincoln,
  • Early Career Researchers Award — Association of Commonwealth Universities,
  • Student Experience Enhancement - Team Achievement Award — University of Lincoln,


External Examiner - University of Surrey Invited Reviewer - Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal Invited Reviewer - Journal of Experimental Brain Research, MRC grants.

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Research Interests

  • handedness

  • Motor Control

  • Sensorimotor integration

  • Student Engagement

  • Student Expectations

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Developing Communication. Digital Psychology — awarded £750 by Teaching Innovation Fund; University of Lincoln in 2017
  • Student Awareness of Assessment, Feedback & Achievement — awarded £500 by Teaching Innovation Fund: University of Lincoln in 2016
  • The future of Peer Support in Psychology — awarded £1000 by UROS: University of Lincoln in 2015
  • - Whose hand is it anyway? Investigating the development of agency in four to ten year old children — awarded £1600 by BPS Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme in 2015
  • Optimising 1st Year — awarded £1500 by FED: University of Lincoln in 2014
  • The use of vision and kinaesthesis in bimanual coupling: a developmental perspective — awarded £1000 by UROS: The University of Lincoln in 2012
  • Visual strategies for bimanual aiming in 5 year olds — awarded £1000 by Faculty Research Fund: University of Lincoln in 2011
  • An investigation of the relative importance of vision of the preferred and non preferred hands during bimanual movements — awarded £1000 by UROS: University of Lincoln in 2011
  • School of Psychology Student Conference — awarded £3000 by FED: University of Lincoln in 2011

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute — Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy — Senior Fellow
  • British Psychological Society — Chartered Psychologist