Celebrating four decades of occupational psychology at Sheffield

— 10.02.17

by Jody Dalton

Back in November 2015, an event was held at the Management School, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of the MSc in Occupational Psychology programme at the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) at the School.

We were immensely proud to be able to celebrate four decades of success with colleagues, students and alumni. The School gave a warm welcome back to IWP alumni who took part in an evening panel event, as well as a day of celebrations for staff and current students who enjoyed celebrating with a delicious cake!

Here is a little bit about some of our IWP alumni who were able to join us for the day's celebrations:

Lizzie Townsend, 2013, Business Psychology Consultant

After graduating from Sheffield, Lizzie secured a job at Arup as a Business Psychology consultant in the operations team. Lizzie kindly agreed to take part in the panel for the evening’s event, and a great job she did too!

Rose Shepherd, 2007 Lecturer in Work Psychology

Rose is delighted to be back in the IWP, working alongside many of the fantastic academics who inspired her during her MSc, and having the opportunity to inspire (hopefully!) the next generation of occupational psychologists.

Charlie Eyre, 1997, Senior Associate Consultant

After joining the Halifax PLC on their Graduate IS training programme, Charlie spent the subsequent 16 years in a variety of occupational psychology roles with the National Police Training, and in 2015 he joined Work Psychology group as a Senior Associate Consultant.

Julia E. Knight, 1993, Independent Consultant

Since graduating, Julia worked for a small market research consultancy, then in-house for The Post Office and T-Mobile before becoming an independent practitioner. Since then she has supported a wide range of clients in private, public and third sector organisations. Julia enjoyed being part of our guest panel for the evening and we enjoyed having her too!

Professor Binna Kandola OBE, 1980

Senior Partner It was a pleasure to welcome a longstanding friend of IWP back to the School – Binna has been involved in variety of projects with the university over the years, alongside his extremely busy and successful career. As well as leader and founder of his practice Pearn Kandola, Binna is the author of two critically acclaimed books, and was the first Chair of the Standing Committee for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Amongst other acclaimed achievements, Binna was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his services to Disadvantaged People and Diversity. Binna joined us for the 40th celebrations and was a valued member of the panel for the evening’s event.

Take a look a few photos of the day below! You can keep informed with IWP research at: sheffield.ac.uk/management/research/iwp

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