Dr Matt Farr

Senior Lecturer

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My office is room 110d on the first floor of the Zochonis Building.

Division of Psychology and Mental Health
The University of Manchester
Zochonis Building
Brunswick Street
M13 9PL


My core activities are lecturing, advising and course development across a range of areas of the BSc programme in Psychology.

My background and specialism is in social psychology, though my work in teaching, learning and assessment has a broad reach across the undergraduate degree. I am responsible for Postgraduate Teaching Assistant training and development in Psychology. Previously, I oversaw the BSc Psychology with International Study degree route for a number of years from its launch.

My Higher Education research has been funded by the University's Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning (CHERIL), the Manchester-Melbourne collaborative fund, and has also been supported by an SPS Education Innovation and Evaluation grant in the School.

First year or final year students who are my academic advisees should feel free to contact me in the first instance to discuss any academic matters or difficulties. A meeting can always easily be arranged.


My undergraduate teaching is principally in social psychology, but spans Psychology as a discipline. For example, I have contributed to the courses PSYC10100 Research Methods and StatisticsPSYC11312 Sensation and Perception, PSYC10410 Psychology in Action, and PSYC21702 Topics and Issues in Social Psychology in recent years, and a few more besides.

In 2018-19 I will again be delivering our large First Year social psychology course.

In the Third Year unit Psychology of Politics, Identity, and Society (co-taught with Annie Pye in 18-19), we draw upon concepts from politics and neuroscience to interpret a constantly shifting political, social and technological landscape. We examine evidence from psychological research to look deeper at our ever-changing social world.

  • PSYC10711 Introduction to Social Psychology (unit lead)
  • PSYC32241 Psychology of Politics, Identity and Society (unit lead)
  • PSYC30920 Project

Membership of committees and professional bodies

Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Full member, European Association of Social Psychology
Graduate member, British Psychological Society


After reading Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge I went on to do my PhD in Psychology at Birmingham. I held positions at the universities of Loughborough (in the Department of Social Sciences) and St Andrews (in the School of Psychology) before joining the School of Psychological Sciences here at Manchester in 2010.