What is the School of Psychology Equality Committee?

The School of Psychology Equality Committee is the Athena SWAN body for the University of Lincoln. The Athena Swan Charter was established in 2005 as part of the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) raft of equality charters. The Athena Swan charter was drawn up to recognise advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all, and to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The School of Psychology at Lincoln successfully applied for the Athena Swan Bronze award in April 2016. For more details of the application, click here. This award demonstrates the School commitment to gender equality across all facets of university life.

Meet The Team


Kirsten McKenzie

Committee Chair

I joined the School of Psychology in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to this I was an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus (2011-2014) and a post-doc at the University of Manchester (2008-2010), having completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2008.
My current research has two main themes; the multisensory processes underlying body representation and spatial awareness in healthy individuals, and the cognitive and perceptual processes leading to somatic misperception in people with Medically Unexplained
Symptoms and other clinical disorders, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I use a variety of techniques including MIRAGE virtual/augmented reality, fMRI, EEG and other psychophysical measures, structured patient interviews, physiological assessment
& eye-tracking.

Amanda Roberts

Deputy Chair

Amanda Roberts is a Reader in the School of Psychology, College of Social Science. She completed her first degree at University College London (BSc Hons Psychology), before moving to Cardiff University to conduct her PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience. Amanda took up her first permanent full-time post at Kings College London, before moving to Queen Mary University, University of East London and then to Lincoln.
Amanda’s main research covers specific areas in mental health and related areas, including forensic psychology and criminology, and is predominately based on epidemiological and psychological theory. Previous research aimed to examine the risk for
antisocial behaviour at individual and population levels. Specific emphasis was placed on fighting, weapon use and its relationship with drugs and alcohol. Current research interests include risk factors for antisocial and maladaptive behaviour,
addiction, violence, and problem and pathological gambling. Other research includes the evaluation of gambling addiction treatment programmes both in the community (e.g. the Gordon Moody Association and the National problem Gambling Clinic) and
in UK prisons. Additional interests extend across topics that relate to gambling comorbidity, gambling in vulnerable populations, gambling and interpersonal violence, and homelessness.


Patrick Hylton

Equality & Diversity Champion

Patrick is a senior lecturer in Psychology, specialising in Social, Conceptual and Organisational Psychology. Patrick joined the University in Sept 1999, having previously lectured at the University of Greenwich, the University of Northampton and Nottingham Trent University.

Patrick’s role is to:

  • Help to promote cultural equality and diversity within the School for staff and students, as well as with senior management.
  • Be aware of the impact that racist, xenophobic, culturally elitist or oppressive behaviours at both the individual and the institutional level can have on individuals and UK ethnic minority groups as a whole
  • Be aware of how this may intersect with other identities that can face issues
  • Bring any diversity issues to the Equality Committee

Todd Parsons

LGBTQI+ Champion

Todd is a Psychology Technician and MSc Psychological Research Methods student at the University, specialising in Matlab and Vision Science. Todd joined the University first as a student in 2012, then again as staff in 2016.

Todd’s role is to:

  • Help to promote a culture of equality for LGBTQI+ staff and students in the department – potentially with senior management, as well as people who don’t come under the LGBTQI+ umbrella
  • Be aware of the impact of HBT (homophobic, biphobic & transphobic) behaviours can have on individuals
  • Be aware of how this may intersect with other identities that can face issues
  • Bring any LGBTQI+ issues to the Equality Committee

Rachael Dagnall

Parent & Carer Champion

Rachael is a BPS chartered and HCPC registered Forensic Psychologist. She joined the University in February 2018, after working for the prison service for 17 years.

Rachael’s role is to:

  • Understand the challenges faced by parents/carers in the department, both at the student and the staff level
  • Represent parent/carer issues to senior management – such as timings of meetings/teaching to tread the line between the demands of core working hours and child care/caring responsibilities
  • Be aware of how this may intersect with other identities that can face issues
  • Bring any parent/carer issues to the Equality Committee

Roger Bretherton

Mental Health Champion

Dr Roger Bretherton is Principal Lecturer for Enterprise in the School of Psychology. He worked as a clinician, manager and trainer in the NHS, joining the University of Lincoln in 2007 as a specialist in coaching and positive psychology.

Roger’s role is to:

  • Understand the challenges faced by people who have been, or are currently, affected by mental health issues, both at the student and the staff level
  • Help to promote a culture of understanding and acceptance for staff and students in the department who have been affected by mental health issues
  • Be aware of the impact prejudiced behaviours can have on individuals facing mental health issues
  • Be aware of how this may intersect with other identities that can face issues
  • Bring any mental health-related issues to the Equality Committee
    Disseminate information about Mental Health support available at the University


Tochukwu Onwuegbusi

Fixed-Term Staff Representative

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Stefano Belli

Undergraduate Representative

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Martin Tovée

Head of School

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