Dr Saffron Passam

BSc (Hons) Single Honours Psychology PhD (In Progress) PGCTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Distinction) FHEA

Dr Saffron Passam

Lecturer in Psychology (Responsibility for Placement and Study Abroad)

Department Director of Employability

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Saffron is a lecturer in the Psychology Department. Saffron graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2012 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Psychology (Bsc) and has a Post-Graduate Teaching Qualification (PGCTHE). Saffron is a Fellow of the HEA (FHEA) and is close to completing a PhD funded by the Higher Education Academy Mike Baker Doctoral Program.



Saffron Passam is an early-career researcher and lecturer in the field of social/occupational psychology. She is interested in issues of intersectionality including gender, race, disability, and class. Her mixed-method PhD examined graduate employability. By using a framework of self-regulated learning, her findings showed how self-efficacy, metacognition, and identity are influential to why students do, or do not, engage with employability. Developing from this work, in 2016 she was funded by the Home Office Gender Equality Network to examine the barriers for women from lower socio-economic status backgrounds in aspiring to work in the Civil Service. This study included qualitative interviews with women undergraduate students, civil servants, and younger women. Her work challenges notions of meritocracy and makes visible the potential for troubled and unequal practices in organisational systems which otherwise hold a commitment to equality. She is Aberystwyth University’s Psychology Department’s Director of Employability, is an active member of the Centre for Critical Psychology at Aberystwyth, and has an extensive background working with disadvantaged and marginalised groups

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  • Monday 11.00-12.00
  • Thursday 10.00-12.00


Breaking the socio-economic barriers to joining the Civil ServicePassam, S. 2016
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