Ms Noelle McAra

School Academic Advisor

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8334


I am the Academic Advisor for the School of Applied Sciences  and as such I offer direct support to students on issues such as eligibility for extensions, deferrals, missed studies, and liaise with academic staff and student services staff to help students progress. I offer advice on university procedures and regulations that might affect students’ progress and advise students on progression panel decisions.  I also support students undertaking appeals, helping them prepare their case by directing them to the appropriate regulations and support services.  I provide academic input to Fitness to Study panels, and in conjunction with the HoDs, investigate cases of academic misconduct/plagiarism.  I also represent the School at Student Disciplinary Panels for academic misconduct

I am a Lecturer in Psychology and began working at Abertay in 1999 part time and became a full-time lecturer in 2006, having previously taught Psychology at the Open University and at Dundee College. 

My research interests focus on gender differences and on women – for example changes in psychological functions, mood and wellbeing relating to phases of the menstrual cycle.

I hold an MA (Hons) Psychology and an MSc in Applied Computing, both from the University of Dundee as well as a PgCert HET and an MPhil from Abertay University.  I’m also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

I have been a STEM ambassador since 2009 and am actively involved in outreach activities including judging Big Bang Scotland.

I currently teach research methods and statistics in second and third year   I am module lead for PSY206 Essential Research Methods and Analysis for Psychology and PSY420 Work-Based Learning.  I teach into PSY303 Advanced Research, Design and Analysis, PSY210 Research Methods (Direct Entry) and contribute to PSY410 Psychology Honours Project. 

Meet the rest of the team

Dr Christopher Watkins

Dr Christopher Watkins

Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences | Head of Division

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Dr Lynn Wright

Dr Lynn Wright

Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences | Senior Lecturer

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