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Dr Penney Upton - Associate Head: Learning and Teaching

Principal Lecturer, Psychological Sciences

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 54 2162

MA, MPhil, PhD Psychology


As learning, teaching and assessment (LTA) lead for the Institute of Health and Society, Dr Penney Upton has directed a fundamental change to the structure for supporting and disseminating learning and teaching practice. Her innovative and collaborative approach, in which course leaders are engaged through a network forum, has been welcomed by staff at all levels and led to a much stronger learning and teaching community. Passionate about the importance of using feedback for learning, Penney has a particular interest in the use of e-learning and innovative assessment and feedback methods. In 2012, she was awarded a Senior University Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her significant contribution to innovations in learning and teaching at the University. Penney has also authored three Developmental Psychology textbooks for undergraduate students and co-edited a series of ‘test yourself’ guides for Psychology students which cover the core British Psychological Society (BPS) areas.


A Chartered Teacher and Researcher in Psychology, Penney is also an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a Fellow of the HEA. Very much a ‘lifespan’ developmentalist, her specialist teaching area concerns human development and wellbeing across the lifespan. An active researcher, Penney has published widely on subjects including the impact of chronic illness on children’s quality of life, approaches to changing risky health behaviours such as smoking in adulthood, and the use of touchscreen technology to enhance the wellbeing of older adults with dementia. Penney is also committed to developing clinical and teaching practice which is evidence-based. She is particularly proud of the international impact which the evidence-based practice questionnaire, a measure of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour developed as a part of her MPhil, has had in both clinical and educational settings.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

My teaching and research relates primarily to human development and wellbeing across the lifespan.  I am particularly interested in child and adult health, including health and quality of life, the well being of children in local authority care, and the educational and psychological impact of chronic illness in childhood.

My interest in health has led to me undertaking a number of health service evaluations, as well as work investigating the application of evidence based practice.   

I am also involved in research concerning methods of learning and teaching, including the use of e-learning and innovative assessment methods.

Research Interests

Developing Patient Reported Outcome Measures,

Quality of life and wellbeing

Behaviour change

Service and process evaluation

Teaching and Learning


Professional Interests

Training in, and application of, evidence based healthcare; Health related quality of life for children with chronic illness; well being of children in local authority care; methods of learning and teaching including the use of e-learning and assessment methods; The wellbeing of people with wounds.

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Upton, P., Taylor, C., Erol, R. & Upton, D. (2014) Family-based childhood obesity interventions in the UK: a systematic review of published studies. Community Practitioner, 87(5), 25–29.

Upton, P., Taylor, C., & Upon, D. (2014). The effects of the Food Dudes programme on children's intake of unhealthy foods at lunchtime. Perspectives in Public Health. Advance online publication.

Upton, D., Bray, J., Jones, T., & Upton, P (2014). The use of touch screen technology by people with dementia and their carers in care home settings. Australian Journal of Dementia Care,3(1), 29-30

Upton D., Andrews A., and Upton P. (2014) Venous Leg Ulcers: What about Well-being? Journal of wound care  23(1), 14-17

Upton, D., Upton, P., Scurlock-Evans, L (2014). The Reach, Transferability and Impact of the Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire (EBPQ): A Narrative and Methodological Literature Review. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 11(1), 46-54.

Upton, D., Taylor C., & Upton P. (2014). Parental provision and children’s consumption of fruit and vegetables did not increase following the Food Dudes programme. Health Education, 114(1), 58-66.

Taylor, C., Darby, H., Upton, D., & Upton, P. (2013). Can a school-based intervention increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption in the home setting? Perspectives in Public Health, 133(6), 330-336. DOI: 10.1177/1757913913506575

Penn, F., Stephens, D., Morgan, J., Upton, P., Upton D (2013) Student and staff perceptions of a Vacation Research Assistant scheme. Psychology Teaching Review. Psychology Teaching Review, 19(2), 73-78.

Taylor, C., Upton, P., & Upton, D. (2013). Can a school-based intervention increase fruit and vegetable consumption for children with Autism? Education and Health, 31(3), 95-97.

Jones, T., Kay, D., Upton, P. and Upton, D. (2013) An Evaluation of Older Adults Use of iPads in Eleven UK Care-Homes. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, 5(3), 62-76

South, F., Upton, P., Upton, D (2013). The Impact of Ramadan on lifestyle behaviours and implications for cardiac rehabilitation: A review. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 20(7), 328-334.

Upton, D., Bray, J., Jones, T., & Upton, P (2013). The use of touch screen technology by people with dementia and their carers in care home settings. Journal of Dementia Care, 21(3), 16-17.

Jones, T., Wilkinson, D. and Upton, P (2013) The Value Paradox – inducting undergraduate university students in a time of austerity. Psychology Teaching Review, 19(1), 3-9

Upton, P., & Taylor, C. (2013). Is on-line Patchwork Text Assessment a panacea for assessment practices in Higher Education? Psychology Teaching Review, 19(1), 41-46.

Upton, P., Taylor, C. E., Peters, D. M., Erol, R. and Upton, D. (2013). The effectiveness of local child weight management programmes: an audit study. Child: Care, Health and Development, 39(1), 125-133. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01378.x

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External responsibilities

External Examiner at the University of Bolton 

Vice Chair of the Division for Teachers & Researchers in Psychology (DTRP)

Member of the OCR Psychology Consultative Forum 

AQA Expert Panel for Psychology (invited member and BPS rep)

Member of the BPS Psychology Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC)

Member of the Psychology Education Board (PEB)

Member of the Standing Committee on Pre-Tertiary Education (SCOPtE)