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Biography

Alexander completed his BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD all in Psychology, all at Lancaster University. Alexander joined Newman University as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2013. Alexander has previously worked as a Research Information Officer for Northamptonshire County Council, as an Associate Lecturer and Research Associate for Lancaster University, and as a Consultant for Resource Development International.

Profile

Administrative Responsibilities

Alexander is a member of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment committee.

Teaching

Alexander’s interests include global perspectives and contexts in psychology, the individual in society and research design.

Research Interests

Alexander’s interests centre upon the philosophy of science and the construction of meaning.  Alexander is especially interested in applying these concepts towards social behaviours in online environments, prejudice and discrimination, students motivation, and political rhetoric (especially for policy reform).  Alexander would be interested in supervising PhD’s which touch upon any of these areas.

Other Activities

Membership of Professional Organisations

Alexander is a Member of the British Psychological Society, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Grants Obtained:

Coles, B., A. & Anwar, A. (2015).  A qualitative exploration of the processes by which computer game fairness may influence problem-solving skills.  Student Research Partners 2015:  A joint Academic Practice Unit and Newman Graduate School initiative.  Grant value:  £745

Coles, B., A. & Fellows, R. (2015).  A qualitative investigation into students construction of meaning in video-capture lectures.  Student Research Partners 2015:  A joint Academic Practice Unit and Newman Graduate School initiative.  Grant value:  £745

Coles, B., A., & Meakin, S. (2015).  Relationship between student’s self-efficacy, motivation and self-directed study Student Research Partners 2015-16:  A joint Academic Practice Unit and Newman Graduate School initiative.  Grant value:  £825

Coles, B., A. & Robinson, Z. (2015).  Higher Education Academy Commissioned Project:  Student Case Studies of Flexible Learning at Newman University.  Grant value:  £745

Johal, N. & Coles, B., A. (2016).  Attributions of blame and responsibility in Online Interactions. Student Research Partners 2016-17:  A joint Academic Practice Unit and Newman Graduate School initiative.  Grant value:  £825

Meakin, S. & Coles, B., A. (2016).  How do students construct the nature of motivation? Student Research Partners 2016-17:  A joint Academic Practice Unit and Newman Graduate School initiative.  Grant value:  £825

Meakin, S. & Coles, B., A. (2017).  A discursive psychological investigation of differences in speakers constructions of ‘truthfulness’ in delusional beliefs, false beliefs and conspiracy theories.  Student Research Partners 2017-18:  A joint Academic Practice Unit and Newman Graduate School initiative.  Grant value:  £500

Conference presentations: 

Coles, B., Abell, J. and Collins, A. (2010, September). Ideologies of Need, Dilemmas of Difference. Paper Presented at the 5th international Disabilities Studies Conference, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

Coles, B., A., Anwar, A. and Fellows, R. (2016, January).  Embedding employability: A case study exploring students as researcher-practitioners.  Paper presented at Inspire to succeed: Transforming teaching and learning in STEM, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK.  URL:  https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/stem-conference-session-two-abstracts .

Coles, B., Collins, A. and Abell, J. (2010, July).  The Use of Categorisation in Politicians Rhetoric’s of Inclusive Educational Provision. 1997-2007. Paper presented at the 6th annual Research Institute for Health & Social Change 2010 Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.

Coles, B., A., Fellows, R. and Robinson, Z. (2016, January).  Blended learning: Best practice and students expectations.  Paper presented at Inspire to succeed: Transforming teaching and learning in STEM, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK.  URL:  https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/stem-conference-session-twelve-abstracts.

Condison, S., Chitakara, G. and Coles, B. A. (2017, January).  The benefits of peer assisted learning for student dissertations.  Newman University Learning and Teaching Conference, 2017.  Birmingham, UK.

Condison, S. and Coles, B. A. (2017, August). Rhetoric’s of prejudice, colourism, and entitlement to resources concerning (im)migrants and refugees.  BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK.  URL:  https://www.bps.org.uk/events/conferences/social-psychology-section-annual-conference-2017/programme.

Johal, N. and Coles, B. A. (2017, June).  Attributions of blame and responsibility in Online Interactions.  22nd Annual CyberPsychology, Cybertherapy & Social Networking Conference (CyPsy22), Wolverhampton, UK.  URL:  http://interactivemediainstitute.com/cypsy22/program-at-a-glance/.

Johal, N. and Coles, B. A. (2017, August).  The newsworthiness of naked celebrities: A discursive psychological exploration of responsible journalism.  BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK.  URL:  https://www.bps.org.uk/events/conferences/social-psychology-section-annual-conference-2017/programme.

Kefalidou, G., Georgiadis, M., Anand, S. and Coles, B., A.  (2012, September).  Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage.  Paper presented at the Digital Humanities Congress 2012, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

Meakin, S. and Coles, B. A. (2016, September).  Exploring the relationship between student’s self-efficacy, motivation and self-directed study.  BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK.

Meakin, S. and Coles, B. A. (2016, September).  Exploring the relationship between student’s self-efficacy, motivation and self-directed study.  BPS West Midlands Section Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK.

Meakin, S. and Coles, B. A. (2017, June).  Relationships between student’s self-efficacy, motivation and self-directed study.  European First Year Experience Conference, Birmingham, UK.

Meakin, S. and Coles, B. A. (2017, August).  How do students construct the nature of motivation?  BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Leicester, UK.  URL:  https://www.bps.org.uk/events/conferences/social-psychology-section-annual-conference-2017/programme.

Conference Posters:

Anwar, A. and Coles, B., A. (2015).  The influence of computer game fairness on problem solving ability: A mixed method analysis.  Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society West Midlands section annual conference, Coventry, UK. Retrieved from http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ConferenceID=12642&localAction=details

Bardell, C. and Coles, B. A. (2016).  How Parents And Teachers Construct The Obstacles To Acquiring A Diagnosis Of Dyslexia?  Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society West Midlands section annual conference, Birmingham, UK.

Bhangu, D. and Coles, B., A. (2015).  War:  What is it good for?  Public perceptions of justification for interventions in international conflict.  Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society West Midlands section annual conference, Coventry, UK. Retrieved from http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ConferenceID=12642&localAction=details

Coles, B., A. and West, M. (2015).  A discursive psychological exploration of trolling, free speech and conspiracy theories.  Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society West Midlands section annual conference, Coventry, UK. Retrieved from http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ConferenceID=12642&localAction=details

Fellows, R. and Coles, B., A. (2015).  A Qualitative Investigation into Student Construction of Meaning In Video-Capture Technology.  Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society West Midlands section annual conference, Coventry, UK. Retrieved from http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ConferenceID=12642&localAction=details

Fugede, S. and Coles, B., A. (2015).  A qualitative measure of academic motivation in functional literacy students returning to education.  Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society West Midlands section annual conference, Coventry, UK. Retrieved from http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ConferenceID=12642&localAction=details

Meakin, S. and Coles, B., A. (2017).  Exploring the relationship between student’s motivation, self-efficacy and self-directed study behaviours Psychology.  Poster session presented at the Higher Education Academy STEM Conference, 2017, Manchester, Uk.  Retrieved from:  https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/stem-conference-2017-poster-abstracts.

Robinson, Z. and Coles, B., A. (2015).  A case study investigating student’s access to lecture materials and flexible learning in higher education.  Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society West Midlands section annual conference, Coventry, UK. Retrieved from http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ConferenceID=12642&localAction=details

 

Publications

  • Coles, B. A., Fellows, R. & Anwar, A. (2015). Students as academic partners. The Psychologist (Online). Retrieved from: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/students-academic-partners

  • Coles, B. A., & West, M., (2016). 'Trolling the trolls: Online Forum Users Constructions of the Nature and Properties of Trolling', Computers in Human Behavior, 60, 233-244. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.070

  • Coles, B. A., & West, M., (2016). 'Weaving the internet together: Imagined communities in newspaper comment threads', Computers in Human Behavior, 60, 44-53. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.049

  • Johal, N., & Coles, B. A. (2017) 'Constructions of blame and responsibility in online interactions. In B. K. Wiederhold, G. Riva, C. Fullwood, A. Attrill-Smith and G. Kirwan (Eds.), Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2017: Vol. 15 (pp. 51-56). Retrieved from: http://www.arctt.info/volume-15-summer-2017

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