Staff profile

Dr Maggie Gale

Senior Lecturer


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby where I have held various roles in the Psychology department since 2003. Currently my main focus is as Level 4 Leader. This involves working with other members of the Psychology team to enable students to make a smooth transition to Higher Education from their previous place of study or work, and to get the most out of their university experience from both an academic and personal development point of view.

I am very interested in teaching and learning, and led the development of the UK’s first fully online Psychology undergraduate degree. While I no longer teach modules for the online degree, I retain an interest by supervising a number of online third year projects. The experience has also led me to develop an interest in innovative teaching and learning methods which I employ in my classroom teaching at the Derby Campus.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the following modules:

I also supervise undergraduate research projects for our Independent Studies in Psychology module (Level 6) and postgraduate research projects for the Masters in Psychology (online).

Professional interests

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society

Research interests

I completed both my undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of Derby. The focus of my PhD was exploring how people reason in a standard psychological task which mimics both everyday and scientific reasoning. I continue to supervise projects in this area.

In line with my interest in teaching and learning, I am also involved in various projects relating to learning and have presented findings both at the University of Derby and externally.

Further areas of interest are in evolutionary explanations of behaviour, religious belief, and the psychology of music.

I am currently second supervising Boban Simonovic as he explores psychophysiological measurement of learning in a reasoning task.

Membership of professional bodies

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society


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