Dr Beatrice Hayes

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Personal profile

Educational Background

I completed my PhD in Psychology in February 2021. My thesis is entitled 'Children's social networking site use: Risk and benefit perceptions and outcomes'. I earned a first class honours in BSc (Dual Hons) Educational Studies and Psychology at Keele University from 2011-14. I also won the Melvyn Taylor Dissertation Award. Following this, I completed a PGCE (Academic Award) in Primary Education, also at Keele University. 

Employment Background

I am currently employed as a Teaching Associate by the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

I was involved as a Senior Researcher on an evaluation project of the Eikon Charity's Smart Moves programme in 2017.

I have worked as a Primary School Teacher throughout the country. I have taught from ages 2-11 in accordance with the UK National Curriculum Framework.

I also have a Cert TESOL (Level 5) and have taught English as a Second Language to children and adults both within the UK and in Europe.

Research Interests

I am interested in the relationship between children's online technology use and their development. During my PhD, I explored the relationship between children's use of social networking sites (SNS) and their socio-emotional wellbeing. I am interested in children's perceptions of the risks and benefits of SNS use, how this informs their behaviour and the subsequent impact upon their socio-emotional wellbeing. I am also interested in how parents and teachers can mediate. I am a member of the Social Development Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London. 


From 2017-19, I was a seminar leader in conjunction with the first year undergraduate module seminars. In 2019, I was a seminar leader on the First Year Seminar Bootcamps. I have also delivered lectures on Prosocial Behaviour and Aggression to first year undergraduate students. 

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