Laura Biggart
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Key Responsibilities

Director of Enterprise and External Relations

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Biography

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science Research and Psychology in the School of Psychology and the Director of Enterprise and Extermal Relations for the School of Psychology. Laura is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Laura Biggart has a first class degree in BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Sciences and PhD. Funded by a University of East Anglia PhD Studentship, she undertook research into Psychosocial influences on the work-family life of fathers from October 2006 to September 2009.

In 2007, she won a scholarship from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to undertake secondary analysis of their Work Life Balance datasets 2006. Post-doc, Laura worked on research examining offending in looked after children, a research project funded by the Big Lottery and in partnership with The Adolescent and Children's Trust (TACT) between 2010-2011.

Laura was Principal Investigator on a three-year (2012-2015) ESRC-funded Future Research Leader project examining emotional intelligence in social work. From this project Laura is exploring the impact of embedding the Team as Secure base model into organisations - https://www.uea.ac.uk/providingasecurebase/secure-base-in-teams

In 2017-18, Laura, with colleague Dr Kamena Henshaw and UEA students, developed the OpenUp UEA student support app to help the transition to university. https://www.uea.ac.uk/psychology/openup-uea

I returned to higher education as a mature student having worked in local government and the charity sector for a number of years. From my experience and through research, I have learned that the mix of ‘real world’ experience and learning is a powerful one for gaining insight into how people feel, think and behave. I enjoy taking an applied approach to psychology at UEA and enjoy the collaborative opportunities here to work with other disciplines. I am keen to make students aware of the links between theory and practice and develop their research skills to enhance their employability.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Laura’s research focuses on social cognition (emotion recognition, attribution) and emotional intelligence (trait and ability models), emotional resilience, particularly in applied settings, for example: at work, work-life balance, recruitment and selection, parenting and youth offending. Laura is a member of The Centre for Research on the Child and Family.

Laura was Principal Investigator on a three year (2012-2015) ESRC-funded Future Research Leader project examining emotional intelligence in social work. For more information go to www.uea.ac.uk/emotionsatwork

PhD Research

Fathers and work family life: Psychosocial influences.

Previous Research Associate Contracts

UEA - Evaluation of Shropshire Children’s Fund 2006, Shropshire County Council.
Lead investigators: Dr R.McEune, Prof. M. O’Brien

UEA - Norfolk Young People’s Needs Assessment 2007: Substance misuse, vulnerability and service engagement, Norfolk Drug & Alcohol Action Team. Lead investigators: Dr V.Scaife, Prof M.O’Brien

UEA - Looked after children and offending - Research project funded by the Big Lottery and in partnership with The Adolescent and Children's Trust - 2010-2011. 

Conferences

Paper presentations

Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Stride, C., Schofield, G., Corr, P., Fletcher, C., Bowler, J. (2016). Emotional Intelligence in Social Work. European Social Work Research Association Conference, Lisbon.

Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Stride, C., Schofield, G., Corr, P., Fletcher, C., Bowler, J. (2015). Can Emotional intelligence be trained? International Society for the Study of Individual Differences Conference, Canada

Biggart, L. & Schofield, G. (June 2012). 'Looked after children and offending: social cognition'. British Psychological Society, Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Biggart, L. & O’Brien, M. (July 2010). Fathers’ working hours: fatherhood status or career stage? International Sociological Association World Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden: Joint Session RC06, Men, work and parenting.

Biggart, L. & O’Brien, M. (April 2009). 'Fathers, work and family: Trait emotional intelligence and work family conflict'.  The International Community, Work and Family Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Indicative Publications

Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Schofield, G. (2017), The team as a secure base: Promoting resilience and competence in child and family social work. Children and Youth Services Review, 83 (Supplement C),119-130. doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.031

Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Stride, C., Schofield, G., Corr, P., Fletcher, C., Bowler, J., Jordan, P., Bailey, S. (2016). Emotional Intelligence and Burnout in Child and Family Social Work: Implications for policy and practice: Research Briefing. Norwich: Centre for Research on Children and Families, University of East Anglia.

Biggart, L., & O’Brien, M. (2010). UK fathers’ long work hours: Career stage or fatherhood?. Fathering, 8(3), 341-361.

Biggart, L., Corr, P., O’Brien, M., & Cooper, N. (2010). Trait emotional work and work-family conflict in fathers. Personality and Individual Differences, Vol 48, Issue 8, 911-916.

Schofield, G., Ward, E., Biggart, L., Scaife, V., Dodsworth, J., Larsson, B., Haynes, A., & Stone, N. (2012). Looked After Children and Offending: Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience.

Teaching Interests

BSc Psychology

Year 2 - Individual Differences in Psychology
Year 3 - Research project

MRes in Social Science Research - MSc Psychology programmes

Research Methods 1: Design and Professional Skills

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

External positions

External examiner for MSc in The Psychology of Childhood Adversity, Queen's University Belfast

1 Oct 201430 Oct 2018

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