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Pat Tissington

Prof Pat Tissington

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Professor Pat Tissington FAcSS FCIPD CPsychol

Academic Director: Employability & Skills

Pat is a member of the university's Executive Team where he is the lead on student employability. He has an active role on key university committees and coordinates a wide range of stakeholders across the university in delivering the Employability Strategy that he wrote jointly with colleagues and the Students' Union. He is also an active member of WIHEA with interests in employability within the curriculum and technology enhanced learning.


As Professor of Organizational Psychology, Pat teaches, researches and consults in the fields of leadership, teams and technology. He joined Warwick from Birkbeck, University of London in 2018 having previously worked at Aston University. He has won research funds of over £2million from UK Research Councils, European Union and European Commission in the area of security, resilience and crisis management. He has held visiting appointments at the Fire Service College, UK Defence Academy and Imperial War Museum. His early career was outside academia and aside from a continuing entrepreneurial streak he has experience as a Sales Director, management consultant and soldier.


Entrepreneurship: A Critical Perspective (IL020)

Sustainable Cities and Infrastructures for Emergencies (IL916)

Current Research Projects:

  • EdTech

He has created an app that empowers students to learn together using their smartphones. It also enables lecturers to create interactive learning experiences in lectures and interact quickly and easily with students. The app is planned to be a spin-out business.

  • Medical Leadership

Investigating how leaders emerge from the medical profession including analysis of which specialisms are more (or less) likely to become leaders.

  • Patient Safety

A qualitative investigation into the pre-cursors of safe hospital environments. Data collection is under way at two large Intensive Care departments.

  • Disaster recovery

An investigation into the ways that communities become resilient led to the creation of a measure of Perceived Community Self-Efficacy. This was presented at the Global Risk Forum at Davos in 2016 and was the basis for a book chapter in 2019. Currently working on a new model of community self-efficacy that investigates the mediating effect of community leadership.

Selected Publications

  • Tissington, P.A. & Watt, F. (2019) Decision making: inside the mind of the incident commander. In Steptoe-Warren, G. & Evans, T. R. (eds) Applying Occupational Psychology to the Fire Service: Emotion, Risk, and Decision-Making. Coventry, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Watt, F. & Tissington, P.A. (2019) The utility of perceived community efficacy in emergency preparedness. In Steptoe-Warren, G. & Evans, T. R. (eds) Applying Occupational Psychology to the Fire Service: Emotion, Risk, and Decision-Making. Coventry, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Tissington P, Senior C, Weickert M. (2018) Doctors learning by research. PeerJ Preprints, 6:e27188v1
  • Tissington, P. A. & Hasel, M. (2017) How to Write Successful Business and Management Essays. London: Sage.
  • Tissington P, Senior C. (2017) Research Activity and the New Pedagogy: Why carrying out research is essential for effective learning. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01838
  • Tissington, P.A. (2017) Saving or Creating: Expertise and Subjectivity. American Journal of Bioethics, 17(8), 25-26.
  • Watt, F. and Tissington, P.A. (2016) “Save Yourself”: Predicting Whether Communities Will Be Able To Prepare Themselves for Disaster. In Integrative Risk Management - Towards Resilient Cities Conference. Davos: Switzerland: Global Risk Forum, pp 628-632.
  • Tissington, P., Roussos, G., Sharpe, P. and Rimoch, J. (2016). SLAPP: the Social Learning App. London: Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Tissington, P.A. & Orthodoxou, C. (2013) Study Skills for Business and Management Students. London: Sage.
  • Tissington, P.A. & Senior, C. (2013) Use of social media to enable medical teams to work virtually (and better). The Lancet, 381 (9876), 11.
  • Tannahill N., Tissington P., & Senior C. (2012) Video games and higher education: What can “Call of Duty” teach our students? Frontiers in Psychology, 3, DOI=10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00210.
  • Tissington, P. A. & Senior, C. (2010). Social networks: a learning tool for teams? British Journal of Educational Technology, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01129.x
  • McKinney, R. E., Jr., Shao, L. P. & Tissington, P. A. (2010 October). Reducing dependence on big brother: Higher education looks for innovative funding opportunities. European Journal of Management, 10 (3).
  • Le, J. K., Tissington, P. A. & Budhwar, P. S. (2010) To move or not to move: a question of family? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 (1), 17-45.
  • Davis, A. & Tissington, P. A. (2007) Ergonomics. In S. Clegg and J. R. Bailey, (Eds) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • van Dick, R., Stierle, C., Govaris, H., Tissington, P. A. & Kodakos, A. (2007) School teachers' well-being and job satisfaction: an analysis across countries and levels of explanation. In J. Lowstedt, P. Larsson, S. Karsten, & R. van Dick (eds.) From intensified work to professional development: A Journey through European Schools. Brussels: P.I.E Peter Land.
  • Tissington, P. & Zhou, Q. (2007) Preventing the avalanche - how to offer effective learning support to a large student group without becoming snowed inder. In Higson, H. (ed) Good Practice Guide in Learning and Teaching Vol 4 Quality Unit, Aston Business School: Birmingham, pp. 8-11.
  • Fay, D. & Tissington, P.A. (2004) Safety and risks, errors and accidents in different occupations. In C. Spielberger (Ed) Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, pp. 299- 307. New York: Academic Press.


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