About the Psychology Research Institute (PRI)

Our staff work in collaborative partnership with world-leading centres of research excellence to produce high-quality research outputs, which have real benefits for society.

The Psychology Research Institute (PRI) is a large multidisciplinary research group, comprising forty-two research staff and fifty-eight doctoral student, located on the Coleraine campus.  PRI staff are largely Psychologists, but the group also includes staff from Social Policy and Communication.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The REF 2014 results highlight the importance of our extensive collaborative partnerships with world leading centres of excellence to produce findings which have real benefits for society. Reflecting our multidisciplinary approach, members of the Institute were entered into four units of assessment with improved performance in every area.

Key facts from REF 2014:

  • PRI returned 5% of the overall University Research funding in the 2014 Research exercise.
  • 60% of our research outputs in REF 2014 were rated as Internationally excellent or World leading.
  • Research Council income award to PRI was judged to be in the top twenty in Psychology in REF 2014
  • Postgraduate completion rates in REF 2014 were outstanding with two completions per staff member over the REF period.
  • Research in under the Peace and Conflict theme was highlighted by the REF panel as being world-leading and having societal impact.
  • Research into fuel poverty was judged to be outstanding in terms of impact with Professor Christine Liddell being recognised with an MBE for her contributions in this area.

PRI Research Approach

As an applied research group our research has a direct impact on regional health and social issues which also have a real significance globally.  We address some of the most important health and social issues such as mental health and community relations while carrying out internationally recognised research and attracting significant funding from Research Councils, Government sources, Charities, and the NHS. As a group of psychologists, we aim to provide a genuinely supportive working environment in which colleagues feel valued and productive. We encourage a team-based approach with staff, postgraduates and research staff working together to meet research challenges.

PRI Research Strategy

Our key aims when conducting research are:

  • The development of applied research areas which are internationally recognised.
  • To actively encourage interdisciplinary research and contribute to University Research Centres.
  • To ensure that our research has impact both regionally and internationally.
  • To work internationally with centres of research excellence on global research issues.