Dr Rachel Maunder – Presenter at #ALDCon21

Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference 2021

Presenter: Dr Rachel Maunder

Institution: University of Northampton


I am an Associate Professor in the Psychology subject group at The University of Northampton, and programme leader for BSc (hons) Psychology (Developmental and Educational). I specialise in the psychology of education. I also have a background in academic development and supporting staff new to teaching.

I have previously worked at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Warwick. I have always sought to combine my work as a psychologist with ongoing pedagogic research and academic development in learning and teaching.

My psychology research focuses on peer relationships in education settings. I also undertake research on transitions in education, with an interest in the sociocultural factors that shape transition experiences. In addition, I undertake research into students as partners in higher education as part of the institutional scheme I run at Northampton where staff and students work in partnership on pedagogic research projects (URB@N). This is what brings me to ALDinHE. I am currently collaborating with a colleague who specialises in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and two current students on an intervention project to support psychology students’ academic writing skills.


Kukuczka, J. and Maunder, R. (2021) Supporting students’ academic writing and Critical Thinking skills: what can we learn from applying knowledge used in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) to Psychology classes? Paper presented at the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference 2021, Online.

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