Professor Vincent Connelly

BA (Hons), PhD

Professor & Programme Lead for Psychology

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Vincent Connelly


Vince is a Professor of Psychology and Programme Lead for Psychology. 

As Programme Lead, I am responsible for the strategic development and leadership of the psychology portfolio at Oxford Brookes. I lead an integrated team of academic, technical, research and administrative staff who deliver psychology programmes to circa 400+ students ensuring we hit key legislative, quality assurance, recruitment, teaching, research and financial targets. I also teach on the psychology programmes, supervise doctoral students and have an active programme of research. 

Externally, I represent the psychology team at the Association for Heads of Psychology Departments and I am the British Psychological Society Director of Teaching and Learning and Programme Liaison Representative for Oxford Brookes.


I have two main areas of research interest.

Armed Forces organisational psychology research

I have recently begun a programme of research investigating part time military Reservists, Armed Forces Veterans and the organisational psychology of the Armed Forces. This has included funded projects examining Reservists family support, the adoption of a more integrated full time and part time "Whole Force" approach to personnel in the military and the recruitment and retention of Reservists.

I have also carried out some research on veterans and supervised a doctoral student examining the perception of veterans in wider UK society. I am working with colleagues from other UK universities and abroad on this work.

The successful impact of this research on the UK Armed Forces is highlighted in this case study.

Writing and reading research

I also have research interests around the development of writing, spelling and reading. In have instigated and published work on why some children struggle to write, especially those who have been identified with dyslexia. I have held a number of research grants in this area with colleagues from other universities both in the UK and abroad.



Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Rapidly formed COVID-19 teams in the NHS: implications for leadership, team-working, career intentions and individual mental health. (02/11/2020 - 01/09/2022), funded by: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), funding amount received by Brookes: £289,103


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Inter University Seminar (IUS) on Armed Forces and Society
  • Member of European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS)
  • Advisory board member King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) 2015-2017, 2020-2022.
  • External Examiner for MSc in War and Psychiatry, Kings College London (2016-2021)
  • Member of Expert Advisory Group for UK Veterans Family Study 2021-2022
  • Member of Academic Advisory Board to Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Research Centre 2021-ongoing
  • Invited Chair of the British Dyslexia Association International Research Conference Panel 2018-2021
  • European Co-ordinator of the Special Interest Group on Writing ( as part of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction 2013-2017.
  • Trustee of Berkshire Yeomanry Museum. I am a trustee (treasurer) of this small, registered museum that was founded in 1975. The museum is in Windsor and is open to the public free of charge.

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