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Dr Hazel Bending

Senior Lecturer

Programme Lead

School of Health & Wellbeing

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Hazel Bending

Role Summary

Hazel is a chartered member and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a senior fellow of the HEA.  She teaches community psychology, neuropsychology and research methods. Her research focuses on identity, student engagement and hidden disabilities.

She is a member of the BPS Member Board and UEC. She is the manager of the Marjon Memory Cafe and supports students in providing wellbeing interventions for people across Plymouth and the local area.

She is supervising 4 PhD & 2 MRES students on projects relating to disability, mental health, education and identity. Her current research activities include a project on assessment and feedback in higher education and a 2nd project on Student Leadership.



  • Doctorate in Education 2013, University of Exeter
  • MSc Psychology, Open University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods, Open University
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, University of Exeter



  • Neuropsychology
  • Community Psychology 
  • Research Methods
  • Conceptual and historical issues in Psychology 




  • Identity construction
  • Student metacognition
  • Student leadership




Bradwell, M and Bending H (2022) "“I’m just a TA”; From mixing paints to managing safeguarding and class teaching: an exploration of teaching assistant’s perceptions and roles in school. Management in Education.

Bending H (2018) Wellbeing and Resilience in Education, in  Luke, I & Gourd, J. (2018) (Eds) Thriving as a Professional Teacher, London: Routledge  

Bending, H (2015) Blogging my reflections? No I don’t…. but it’s a good idea, International Conference on Education and New Technologies 2015 Conference proceedings. 

Bending, H (2013) Is the group task a good selection tool? the Students' view, International Conference on Education and New Technologies, 2013 conference proceedings ISBN: 978-84-616-3822-2

Bending H (2012) Group interviews: a good alternative to an individual interview? International Conference on Education Research and Innovation, 2012 conference proceedings ISBN: 978-84-616-0763-1

Bending, H (2012) e-supervision; using technology to support students on their work placements, International Conference of Education, research and innovation 2012 ISBN: 978-84-616-0763-1


Bending, H (2022) “I’m already panicking as I can’t read one of the words” using a thinking aloud approach to  listen to students emotional and cognitive appraisals of novel assessment information. Qualitative Methods in Psychology, July 2022

Bending, H, Buxton, C, Knight, H & May, L. (2022) ‘do we have to drop that theme?’; negotiations, challenges and insights on a student-as-research project, Qualitative methods in Psychology, July 2022

Bending, H (2020 - postponed)  Students’ feedback on feedback, are we asking too often?  Due to be presented at the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology Conference, June 2020.

Bending, H (2019) Managing students with hidden disabilities on psychology programmes. Presentation at Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology Conference, 4-5 June 2019.

Bending H (2018 June)  Reflections on Blogging for Assessment, Presentation at Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology, Inaugural Conference, Birmingham 6-7 June 2018.

Griffiths, S and Bending, H (2014). Values Based Recruitment at the University of St Mark and St John, presentation at the RCSLT Conference, Leeds UK.

Bending, H (2014). Superhero, brainiac or manager-in-waiting? being a male speech and language therapist. RCSLT Conference, Leeds UK

Bending H (2013) Being a male speech and language therapy student, paper presented at the 24th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference, 2013

Expert Membership of professional bodies


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society

Roles on external bodies


British Psychological Society Members Board Committee

British Psychological Society Undergraduate Education Committee

Other Interests



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