Professor Ray Bull BSc MSc DSc CPsychol FBPsS FAPS, Professor of Investigation

Since November 2012 Ray Bull has been working part-time as Professor of Criminal Investigation at the University of Derby. He is also currently Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester and Visiting Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth.

His role within the Institute is to assist with the MSc Criminal Investigation and to co-supervise PhD students, which draws on his extensive academic career and his research on the investigative interviewing of suspects, witnesses and victims. He also conducts research on witnesses’ memory, including voice recognition.

Professional background 

After graduating from Exeter University with a BSc in Psychology in 1970, he stayed on at Exeter to undertake postgraduate research within the Department of Psychology. Ray’s area of research was psychophysiology and the result of his work was a masters degree that he was awarded in 1973.

Following his involvement in a Home Office project on memory performance and attitude change in police officers (1971-73), he took up his first teaching post at the University of East London in 1973. A year later he was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology — a post he held for 12 years.

In 1985 he was elected as a Fellow of the British Psychology Society and a year later became the Principal Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of East London, and in 1986 he became a Chartered Psychologist. 

Ray left London and moved to Glasgow Caledonian University, where he took up the post of Head of Department and Professor of Psychology; within the year he was appointed as Dean of Faculty of Life and Social Sciences.

Between 1990 and 2004 Ray was Professor of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, and from 2004 his academic work extended into the world of forensic psychology. From 2004 to 2012 Ray was Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester, and since then he has held his current posts.

Achievements and accolades

Ray is widely published in the arena of police interviewing and forensic psychology, with over 220 articles and books to his name.

During the last decade Ray has received a number of distinguished awards:

Views on the Institute

For Ray, the International Policing and Justice Institute will enhance the worldwide profile of the University of Derby. The Institute is almost unique in what it offers and this will help set the organisation apart from other educational establishments around the world that cannot draw on such a wide range of academic expertise and practitioner experience.