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Dr Kate Hammond

Dr Kate Hammond


A highly creative and critical thinker, Kate brings a huge range of life experiences as well as academic excellence to her work.  Her focus is people, but she embeds her people-based approach within the wider picture of operations and strategy. 

Kate’s PhD explored alternative leadership strategies and gender politics in Republican Rome, inspired by her own experiences working behind the scenes in the No10 Delivery Unit where she was responsible for briefing Tony Blair on education (DfES).  Her developing interest in psychology then led to a second first class degree, which also won the Bruner Social Psychology Prize and an MSc Occupational Psychology, where she was awarded the Peter Saville Prize.  She also won the Kingston University Career Changer award.  She is a registered occupational test user (British Psychological Society Level A and B) in a variety of market-leading psychometrics, and is also trained in interpretation of Implicitly, an unconscious bias tool.

Having taught at Birkbeck and Kingston University, Kate is currently an associate lecturer at the Open University, teaching psychology in the psychology department and leadership/change management in the Business School.  Her role includes coaching students in a variety of skills including stress management, applying the latest learning theories to her work, and leadership development.  She is also a mentor to new lecturers.  She is recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.  She volunteers as a school governor and in VSO recruitment of long-term volunteers for overseas placements.