Dr Caroline Bowman

Reader in Psychology / College Director of Teaching & Learning, Teaching and Learning Development Leader

Teaching and Supervision

Caroline is the Interim Head of the School of Psychology. She is always happy to be contacted by prospective students and by current students who have questions or who need advice about matters relating to any aspect of Psychology’s degree programmes.

At undergraduate level, Caroline is Module Organiser and Lecturer for the Year 2 Biological Psychology module. This module follows the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) requirement for accredited programmes to teach students about the influence of the brain on behaviour. The module’s content includes an exploration of the biological bases of behaviour, neuroscience, and typical and atypical neuropsychology. In addition, Caroline is the Module Organiser and Lecturer for the Year 3 module Consumer Psychology: Theory. This advanced module investigates how psychological theory and evidence can be applied to the understanding of consumer behaviour.

At doctoral level, Caroline leads the Teaching Psychology in Higher Education teacher training programme within Psychology. This programme is a unique feature of doctoral training within the School, and it enables PhD students to undertake a mentored teaching placement, attend CPD workshops, and produce a teaching portfolio. Doctoral students who complete the teacher training programme are awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 


Caroline is a neuropsychologist whose specialism focuses on how emotion, for better or worse, can influence cognition. Her research interests include the study of emotion in decision-making and most recently, Caroline has been investigating how incidental stimuli can influence the way in which people make decisions; this is especially relevant within the consumer domain. Caroline also investigates schadenfreude (the experience of pleasure at another’s punishment) and this research provides a valuable insight into how people interact with one another within learning and competitive situations.

Caroline is passionate about implementing research-led teaching methodologies, and her work in this area has resulted in significant pedagogical innovation within the School of Psychology. Caroline is especially interested in student engagement, and in student and staff wellbeing within the academic environment.


Caroline is the University's Reward & Recognition for Teaching and Learning Manager. In this role, Caroline leads the University's Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited teaching and learning CPD scheme. Along with mentoring and organising review of staff as they apply for all levels of HEA fellowship, Caroline leads the University's PGCertHE qualification, the School of Psychology's Teaching Psychology in Higher Education programme, and the School of Medical Science's PGMEP programme.  

Caroline is a Teaching & Learning Development Leader for the University's Centre for Enhancement in Learning & Teaching (CELT), and along with leading the University's CPD for teaching and learning, is responsible for co-coordinating the annual CELT conference.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • 2015 - Institutional Teaching Fellow , Bangor University
  • 2005 - PhD , The nature of reward in emotion-based learning

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