Flo Pearce


Flo completed both their undergraduate degree and MSc in Applied Psychology at University of Worcester, going on to achieve their PhD at University of Leicester. Flo has previously worked within the University of Worcester, Open University and British Psychological Society’s Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology. They moved to Newman as a visiting Lecturer in 2007 and received a permanent role within the Psychology subject area in 2009. They now hold Chartered Psychologist and Associate Teaching Fellowship status.


Research Interests
Flo has published in the areas of employability and teaching. Their current interests include a focus on the representation and experiences of minority groups. They are a PhD advisor and frequently participate in Student Staff Partnership Projects.

Flo’s teaching responsibilities include coordination of the Psychology dissertation module suite, and subject lead for ethics and work-experience modules. They also lead on modules focused on principles and skills in enquiry and research and critical psychology. Flo is currently the Psychology subject areas employability coordinator and promotes an understanding of the nature and development of employability within the subject area.

Administrative Responsibilities
Flo has acted as vice-chair of the mitigating circumstances committee since 2021, having taken an active role in the committee for several years. They also coordinate the personal tutoring process within the psychology subject area, and contribute to a number of other university wide procedures and committees.

Other Activities

Conferences and Other Research Activity

Pearce, F. & Fellows, I. (2023). “What are they here for? Exploring what connection students see between university and employability”. Teaching & Learning conference, September 2023, Birmingham Newman University.

Williams, S. (2017). ‘A comparison of employers and educators implicit theories of employability’, Division of Occupational Psychology Conference: Research into Practice, January 2017, Liverpool.

Williams, S. (2014) Employability as viewed by those involved in recruiting, SAGE Research Methods Cases. DOI: 10.4135/978144627305014534167

Williams, S.,Dodd, L. & Randall, R. (2013). ‘What is Employability: A systematic review of conceptualisations and discussion of HEI’s role’, Newman University: Social Inequalities and Cultural Differences, September 2013, Newman University.

Williams, S.,Dodd, L. & Randall, R. (2013). ‘What is Employability: A systematic review of conceptualisations and discussion of HEI’s role’. BSA Annual Conference, September 2013, University of Warick.

Williams, S., Dodd, L. & Randall, R. (2013). ‘What is Employability: A systematic review of conceptualisations and discussion of HEI’s role’, HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013: Where practice and pedagogy meet, April 2013, University of Birmingham.

Dodd, L., Forshaw, M. & Williams, S. (2011). ‘Utility of an extended theory of planned behaviour model for understanding indoor tanning within UK young adults’. Division of Health Psychology Conference, September 2011, Southampton University.

Hogan, K., Ward, T. & Williams, S. (2011). ‘Student counsellors understanding of integration’, Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, July 2011, Newman University College.

Williams, S.,Blackwell-Young, J. & Dodd, L. (2011). ‘Exploring the relative contribution of clickers compared to alternative approaches to quizzes’, The 6th International Blended Learning Conference, June 2011, University of Hertfordshire.

Mitra, B., Lewin-Jones, J., Barrett, H. and Williamson, S. (2010). ‘Student Perceptions of video in teaching and Learning in Higher Education’, 9th CLTR Learning and Teaching Research Conference, June 2010, Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University.

Williamson, S. & Wright, T. (2010). ‘Researching and Evaluating Personal Development Planning and e-Portfolio’, Evaluating a Personal Skills Award. National College for School Leadership, April 2010, Nottingham.

Williamson, S. (2010). ‘Engaging & Informing Students through Group Presentations’. British Psychological Society Annual Conference Education Theme Division for Teachers and Researcher in Psychology Symposium, April 2010, Stratford Upon Avon.

Williamson, S., Mitra, B., Lewin-Jones, J., & Barrett, H. (2009). ‘Evaluating the use of video in learning and teaching: the blended learning research project’, Learning and Teaching Conference, June 2009, Worcester University.

Upton, D., Young, A., Williamson, S. & McKie, J. (2007). ‘Psychosocial oncology services: the British Psychological Oncology Society survey’. International Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, March 2007.


Williams, S., Karypidou, A., Steele, C. & Dodd, L. J. (2019). A personal construct approach to employability: Comparing stakeholders’ implicit theories, Education + Training.

Williams, S., Dodd, L. J., Steele, C. & Randall, R. (2016). A systematic review of current understandings of employability, Journal of Education and Work, 29 (8), 877-901. doi: 10.1080/13639080.2015.1102210

Mercer, J., Williams, S. & Sander, P. (2013) Emotions or Science?: Pre-tertiary males’ accounts of psychology as a subject choice. Psychology Teaching Review, 18(2), 9-20.

Dodd, L., Forshaw, M. J. & Williams, S. (2013). Indoor Tanning within UK Young Adults: An Extended Theory of Planned Behaviour Approach, ISRN Preventive Medicine, 2013 (394613), 1-8. doi:10.5402/2013/394613.

Williams, S. (2011). Engaging and informing students through group work, Psychology Teaching Review, 17 (1), 22-31.

Sander, P. & Williamson, S. (2010). Our teachers and what we have learnt from them, Psychology Teaching Review Special Issue: Widening Participation, 16 (1), 61-69.

Catling, J. C., Dent, K., & Williamson, S. (2008). Age of acquisition, not word frequency affects object recognition: Evidence from the effects of visual degradation. ActaPsychologica,129, 130-137