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Paula Jean Miles


Paula Jean Miles
Postal address:
School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Westburn Lane
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462089

Research overview

Paula is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Teaching for the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. She has extensive experience lecturing and coordinating courses in New Zealand, Canada and Scotland. Paula is currently leading the University's QAA's Enhancement Theme - a Scotland-wide initiative to improve the learning experience of students in higher education and chairs the University's Student Wellbeing Working Group. Paula is a member of the University’s Mental Health Task Force and the Mental Health Advisory Board. 

Paula's broad area of research is educational psychology. Her current work focusses on factors that influence the student experience at university. This includes: 1) assessing the effectiveness of different teaching styles; 2) investigating student wellbeing, particularly across transitional stages (secondary school to university, undergraduate to postgraduate); 3) academic integrity (good academic practice and academic misconduct) as understood by students and staff. 

Paula currently supervises three PhD students, who are investigating the following topics:

  • Teaching and Learning at the University of St Andrews: What do we believe about the nature of teaching and learning in higher education, and are those beliefs reflected in our practices? (J. Taylorson)
  • Physics social identity, the gender gap and approaches to learning (E. Bottomley)
  • As easy as ABC? A novel psychological approach to modelling teacher agency: the influence of affective, behavioural and (meta) cognitive factors (K. Porter)

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