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2001 - PhD: University of Aberdeen
1995 – BSc Cognitive Science: University of Westminster

Professional Memberships

British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - Fellow

Higher Education Academy - Fellow


Employment history


Pat Tissington teaches, researches and consults in the fields of leadership, teams and technology. He sees elements of these fields as overlapping and form a fascinating nexus such that his research and consulting inform his teaching - and vice versa.

He joined Birkbeck in 2013 from Aston University having previously had a career outside academia. Following his service in the British Army, he was sponsored by the UK Home Office to carry out doctoral research into operational decision making by fire commanders. His PhD in Industrial Psycholgy was awarded by the University of Aberdeen in 2001. After an period in management consultancy, he moved to Aston Business School where (amongst other things) he taught a large group of first year business students Organisational Behaviour which became his calling card. He regards himself as privileged to have delivered their first university lecture to 13 successive entries of Aston students.

He has held visiting appointments at the Fire Service College, the Defence Academy and EMLyon Business School. He is an External Examiner at Royal Holloway, University of London and Hult Business School.


  • Leadership
  • Crisis Management
  • Organizational Behaviour


He regularly advises organisations on Leadership, Executive Development and Crisis Management issues.  Interventions include:

  • Executive coaching
  • Top Team Development
  • Assessment centre design/operation
  • Crisis preparedness

Recent clients include:

  • Arup
  • Shell
  • Parcelforce Worldwide
  • AstraZeneca
  • UK Defence Academy
Professor Patrick Tissington

Professor Patrick Tissington

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