Fay Short is a Professor in the School of Human and Behavioural Sciences at Bangor University and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She is also a qualified therapist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Having previously worked as Director of Teaching and Learning for the College of Human Sciences, her current professional roles include Course Director for the MSc in Counselling and Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Employability at Bangor University.
After the completion of her award-winning PhD in body representation, Fay began to expand her research interests to explore the interaction between psychotherapy and education. She has completed two PGCert qualifications in teaching and a Masters in Education Studies focusing on the applications of psychotherapy in learning environments, alongside additional TEFL and Learning Coach training. She is a member of the Bangor Academy of Teaching Fellows and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and her teaching excellence has been recognised in a highly prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award.
In her therapeutic work, Fay is an accredited hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, and advanced practitioner of REBT, and she has published a textbook exploring Core Approaches in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Alongside this work, Fay supports academics and professionals across different fields following her training in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. She has also worked in the field of law following her Masters in Law and Criminology, and her psychology of abuse training has been delivered to crime nvestigators and police officers across the UK.
Alongside these professional roles, Fay is passionate about travel and maintains a personal website to tick off her bucket list of life adventures.
Professor Fay Short CPsychol MBACP PFHEA NTF
School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
College of Human Sciences
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW
Phone: 01248 388287
Fay has a diverse range of research interests, focusing predominantly in education and psychotherapy. She is particularly interested in Pedagogy in Higher and Further Education with specific focus on authentic assessments and employability. Her counselling work also involves scholarship in therapeutic interventions to support and enhance wellbeing, including a specific interest in canine assisted therapy. Alongside these areas of interest, she has also worked on the topic of criminal abuse and survivor/perpetrator psychology with additional focus on perceptions, understanding, and impact of modern slavery.
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Fellow 2010-2015; Principal Fellow 2015-2023)
Teaching Fellow of the Academy of Teaching Fellows. Bangor University (2011-2023).
Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Academics Teachers and Researchers in Psychology (DARTP) (2009-2023).
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (2009-2023).
Fay is passionately committed to high quality teaching, and has held a number of positions involved in managing teaching at a School, College, and Institutional level. She has extensive teaching experience across a diverse range of programmes and is actively involved in the supervision of research students, alongside pastoral care work that integrates her interest in psychotherapy into her love of teaching and learning.
Roles and Responsibilities
Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Employability (2022-Current) responsible for leading on employability and placement activities across Bangor University.
Director of Teaching and Learning (2018-2022) responsible for Teaching and Learning in the College of Human Sciences (Schools of Psychology, Sports Science, Education, Healthcare Sciences, and Medical Sciences) at Bangor University.
Director of MSc in Counselling (2016-Current) responsible for directing and delivering postgraduate professional training in counselling at Bangor University.
Institutional CPD Framework Manager (Reward and Recognition for Teaching) (2017-2018) responsible for the Continuous Professional Development Framework for Teaching and Learning at Bangor University, including mechanisms for the Reward and Recognition of Teaching, such as the HEA Fellowship scheme (inclusive of the PGCert HE programme, Teaching Psychology in HE programme, and PGCert in Medical Education Practice).
Director of PGCert Higher Education (2016-2017) responsible for managing and developing the institutional teacher training for new academic lecturers and postgraduate teaching assistants (course validated for HEA Fellowship and NMC Registered Nurse Trainer Status) at Bangor University.
Deputy Head of School for Teaching and Learning (2013-2016) responsible for managing and developing undergraduate (five degree programmes taken by approx 1000 students) and postgraduate (three MA, eight MSc programmes taken by approx 150 students) programmes in the School of Psychology at Bangor University.
Director of Undergraduate Studies (2012-2013) responsible for day-to-day management of 45 modules across the three years of the undergraduate psychology degree program at Bangor University.
Director of Internationalisation (2012-2014) responsible for co-ordinating international activities in teaching (teacher and student exchange schemes, attracting and supporting international students, etc) and research (global collaborations, research exchange schemes) across the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences ( Schools of Psychology, Sports Health and Exercise Sciences, Healthcare Sciences, and Medical Sciences).
Courses and Modules
Postgraduate (Level 7)
Compulsory modules on MSc in Counselling at Bangor University (65 students, 2017-2023) in Research Skills (10 credit), Research Methods and Statistics (10 credit), Counselling Skills (10 credit), Advanced Counselling Skills (10 credit), Approaches and Therapies 1 (20 credit), Approaches and Therapies 2 (20 credit), Therapeutic Process and Context (20 credit), Mental Health and Wellbeing (20 credit), Research and Counselling Practice (60 credit), Research and Professional Practice (60 credit).
Compulsory modules on PGCert Teaching in Higher Education at Bangor University (40 students, 2016-2017) in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (30 credit) and Enhancing Academic Practice (30 credit).
Compulsory modules on the PhD in Psychology at Bangor University (20 students, 2014-2016) in Teaching Psychology in Higher Education (30 credits).
Undergraduate (Level 4-6)
Level 6 optional modules on BSc in Psychology at Bangor University in Counselling Skills (20 credit, 110 students, 2010-2023) and Forensic Psychology (20 credit, 100 students, 2016-2018).
Level 5 compulsory modules on BSc in Psychology (280 students) at Bangor University in Social Psychology (10 credit, 2008-2017) and Cognitive Psychology (10 credit, 2007-2012).
Level 4 compulsory modules on BSc in Psychology (300 students) at Bangor University in Psychology as a Science (10 credit, 2010-2012) and Scientific Writing and Communication (20 credit, students divided into small groups of 20, 2008-2011).
Optional modules in LifeLong Learning and Work-Based Learning at Bangor University in Social Psychology (25 students, 2012-2013).
PhD Chair across various vivas at Bangor University (2011-2022).
Supervision of Postgraduate (Level 7) MSc Dissertations in Counselling (168 successful completions 2017-2023) and MSc Dissertations in Psychology (4 successful completions 2011-2015) at Bangor University.
Supervision of Undergraduate (Level 6) BSc Dissertations in Psychology (85 successful completions 2008-2015) and BA Dissertations in Lifelong Learning (2 successful completions 2012-2015) at Bangor University.
PGCertTHE Teaching Advisor at Bangor University (four successful completions 2011-2015).
PhD Internal Examiner at Bangor University (2016).
Supported counselling trainees in completing placements with organisations such as the NHS Primary Mental Health Service, Cruse, RASA, Anxiety UK, The Mix, Age UK (2017-19 16 completions 228 clients; 2018-20 15 completions 211 clients; 2019-21 16 completions 190 clients; 2020-22 30 completions 543 clients; 2021-23 completions clients)
Personal tutor at Bangor University for postgraduate Counselling students (60 per year 2017-2023) and undergraduate Psychology students (40 per year 2008-2015).
Sexual Violence Disclosure Response Team Member (2021-2023).
Emergency Tutor on the ‘Drop In Tutor’ program at Bangor University (2008-2017).
Honorary Counsellor in the Counselling Service at Bangor University (2009-2014).