Dr Julie Hulme is a psychologist, who applies psychology to learning, teaching and assessment. She started her academic journey as a mature student, which helped her to recognise the importance of skills and confidence for successful university study. As a teacher, her early experiences have shaped her values, and she strives to create engaging learning opportunities which help all students to achieve their highest aspirations.
Julie’s current students at Keele University experience interactive, student-led teaching, developmental and dialogic feedback delivery, and a focus on the application of psychology to real-world problems, which helps them to develop employability, internationalisation and global citizenship skills.
Impact of work
The application of psychological knowledge and skills to everyday life is encapsulated by the concept of psychological literacy, and Julie has been a leading light in developing practice in this area within the UK. She has published multiple journal articles and best-practice guides, and has spoken about it at conferences, workshops and institutions world-wide.
Alongside her pioneering work on psychological literacy, Julie has engaged with research into student transitions and assessment and feedback, which informs her own practice, and has influenced institutions across the UK.
She is well known for her delivery of academic development opportunities, especially during her previous role as the Discipline Lead for Psychology at the HEA, where she organised numerous workshops and conferences, and worked alongside departments to enhance teaching. She is also chair of the BPS Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology. All of Julie’s work aims to develop, discover and disseminate evidence to promote best practice in psychology education and beyond into other disciplines.
Plans for the future
Julie is currently writing a student textbook on psychological literacy, which will be published in 2018. She is keen to build on her international networks to develop thinking and disseminate practice on teaching psychological literacy around the world. She intends to further develop her research into student transitions and effective feedback to students. Julie enjoys mentoring colleagues and supporting their development, and will be seeking opportunities to continue learning with and from other academics.
Director of Learning and Teaching / Senior Teaching Fellow