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Teaching / administrative responsibilities

Programme Director MSc Human Resource Development and Consultancy

  • Supervisor, MSc research projects
  • Module convenor and lecturer:
    • Professional Development and Education

Other duties to be confirmed.


As a Chartered Psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council, I am the past chair for the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology. Key achievements during her time as chair in 2013 include the revision of the National MSc Standards for Occupational Psychology. I am now leading a strategy group to oversee the revision of the Stage 2 (AKA Chartership) standards.  Alongside I am also actively involved with the Special Group in Coaching Psychology, having co-chaired the Scientific Congress/ Conference Board for the past few years. I co-edit Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice with Dr Alanna O’Broin.

Over the last few years, I have been acting as an external advisor or examiner to a number of postgraduate programmes, and have examined a number of PhD theses and professional doctorates; and act as a professional advisor to a large UK police force on a pro bono basis.

Supervision of PhD students

Doctoral supervision (which given the choice I’d rather call ‘advice’!) is integral to my research, as I learn as much from my students as I hope they learn from me. I have seen the following students through to completion:

  • Dr Neil Cameron Scott (City University) – Adverse impact in selection testing
  • Dr Lina Daouk-Oyry (City University) – Cross Cultural Adaptation of a ‘big five’ measure
  • Dr Mazlina Muhammad (University of Surrey) – Investigation of a leadership competence framework
  • Dr Céline Rojon (University of Surrey), co-supervised with Professor Mark Saunders, Surrey Business School, funded by a cross-Faculty bursary – Individual Workplace Performance
  • George Michael Burnett and Yi-Ling Lai (University of Surrey) are currently in the final stages of their doctorates, supervision for Svenja Schlachter (University of Surrey, with Professor Mark Cropley, funded by a DTC bursary) and Nancy Doyle is ongoing.

I would be particularly interested to hear from applicants who wish to study for a PhD broadly in the areas of work-life balance, evaluating coaching or assessment of workplace performance particularly for part-time or flexible workers.

Dr Almuth McDowall

Dr Almuth McDowall

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