Peter Reddy

BSc (Aston) MSc (Open) Cert Ed (Wolverhampton) C Psychol  PFHEA  AFBPsS                                                                           National Teaching Fellow                                                      Reader in Psychology
School of Life and Health Sciences,  
Aston University
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Email: P.A.Reddy@aston.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4076
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4090

Research Theme

Chronic and Communicable Conditions

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Aston Research centre in CHildren and Young people's health (ARCHY

Pete Reddy


I teach across the psychology programme with particular interests in  curriculum and method in psychology education, counselling and psychotherapy, employability and preparation for placement and employment.


Learning and teaching in psychology; qualitative methods, especially interpretative phenomenological analysis; the graduate transition to professional employment; walking football and exercise in healthy ageing.

Walking Football Research

I am currently looking for people aged between 48 and 65 who would be willing to participate in a study of the experiences and outcomes of playing walking football. Men and women, experienced players or complete novices, are all welcome.

The health benefits of playing football and the importance of exercise and social contact for healthy ageing are well established but few older adults take enough exercise. Football draws players into engrossing, effortful and social exercise but the physical demands of play at full speed may make it unsustainable for older adults. Restricted to walking pace, will play still be engaging, will the health benefits be retained and the physical demands remain manageable? This pilot study aims to investigate: 1) If older adults can sustain playing walking football every week, 2) if walking football is enjoyable enough to want to play every week, 3) the intensity and locomotor pattern of walking football, 4) the scale and nature of walking football health benefits, and 5) the potential of walking football as a sport for older adults. There may be health, social, fitness and enjoyment benefits in taking part as well as some risks.

The research will involve twelve weeks of playing walking football with assessment appointments before and after. These appointments are to measure postural balance; blood pressure and resting heart rate; weight, BMI and body composition; cholesterol, blood sugar and markers for bone formation and measures of executive functioning. After the first assessment appointment you will be randomly allocated to a ‘playing football’ group or a ‘waiting list’ control group. The study compares the two groups before and after 12 weeks of football. The ‘waiting list’ control group are then asked to play football for 12 weeks themselves.

Football will take place at Aston University and will be played outdoors on Thursdays from 5.00 to 6.00pm on an all-weather third-generation Astro-turf pitch that is thought to be particularly suitable for older players. Travel expenses (up to £7.50 per appointment) can be reimbursed for the two assessment appointments but not for playing football. If you are interested in becoming involved in this research please get in touch with me for more information. 0121 204 4076  p.a.reddy@aston.ac.uk

Recent publications

Reddy, P., Dutke, S., Papageorgi, I. and Bakker, H. (2014). Educating Europe. The Psychologist. 27 (12), 928-31

Reddy, P., Hammond, J., Lewandowska, A, Trapp, A. and Marques, J.F. (2014). Innovation in psychology teaching in Europe: A scoping survey of European Universities use of technology, aims and status of teaching, drivers of change, and a thematic review of recent publications. Psychology Teaching Review. 20 (1) 41-61.

Senior, C., Reddy, P. and Senior, R. (2014). The relationship between student employability and student engagement: working towards a more unified theory. Frontiers in Educational Psychology.5:238 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00238

Reddy, P., Lantz, C. and Hulme, J. (2013). Employability in Psychology, a guide for departments. York: HEA. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/disciplines/psychology/psychology-dept-employability-guide.pdf

Reddy, P., Wood, J., Butler, M. and Senior, C. (2013). The virtual pedagogy initiative revisited, in J. Green and H. Higson, Good Practice Guide in Learning and Teaching 10th anniversary special edition, Quality Unit. Aston Business School.

Senior, C., Howard, C., Reddy, P., Clark, R. and Lim, M. (2012). The relationship between student-centred lectures, emotional intelligence, and study teams: a social telemetry study with mobile telephony. Studies in Higher Education. 37 (8) 957-970.

Moores, E. and Reddy, P. (2012). No regrets? Measuring the career benefits of a psychology placement year. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education.  37 (5) 535-554.

Reddy, P. and Moores, E. (2012). Placement year academic benefit revisited: effects of demographics, prior achievement and degree programme. Teaching in Higher Education. 17 (2) 153-165.

Trapp, A., Reddy, P., Spinath, B., Marques, J. F. and Sumer, N. (2012). Teaching Psychology in Europe. In S. McCarthy, K. L. Dickson, J. Cranney, A. Trapp and V. Karandashev (Eds.), Teaching psychology around the world (Volume 3). Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Press.

Zumbach, J., Marques, J.F., Ozolins, A., Reddy, P., Sumer, N., and Trapp, A. (2011). Eine Standortbestimmung der Psychologiedidaktik auf nationaler und internationaler Ebene (A survey of psychology teaching at national and international level). In M. Kramer, S. Preiser and K. Brusdeylins (eds.) Psychologiedidaktik und Evaluation VIII. Aachen, Shaker Verlag.

Wessa, P., Holliday, I. and Reddy, P. (2011). A new learning environment based on reproducible ubiquitous computing: Experiences and prospects. In T. Kidd and I. Chen (Eds.) Ubiquitous Learning. Charlotte, N.C., Information Age.

Reddy, P., Hammond, J., Lewandowska, A, Trapp, A. and Marques, J.F. (2011). Innovation in the teaching of psychology in higher education in the EU. York, Europlat.  

Norton, L., Aiyegbayo, O., Harrington. K., Elander, J. and Reddy, P. (2010). New lecturers’ beliefs about learning, teaching and assessment in higher education: The role of the PGCLTHE programme. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 47 (4), 345–356.

Butler, M.J.R. and Reddy, P. (2010).Developing critical understanding in HRM students: Using innovative teaching methods to encourage deep approaches to study. Journal of European Industrial Training, 34 (8/9), 772-789.

Yeats, R., Reddy, P., Wheeler, A., Senior, C. and Murray, J. (2010). What a difference a writing centre makes: a small scale study. Education and Training. 52 (6/7) 499-507.

Hubball, H., Mitchell, S. and Reddy, P. (2010). Universities Masters World Cup Soccer: Integrated Sports Science Research and Implementation of an International Masters Soccer Community. World Leisure Journal, 52 (1) 48-60.

Reddy, P. and Lantz, C. (2010). Myths, Maths and Madness, Misconceptions around Psychology. In D. Upton and A. Trapp, Teaching Psychology in Higher Education. Chichester, BPS Blackwell.