Leading neuroscientist appointed Head of School of Psychology 

In September 2019, Professor Ed Wilding will be joining the University of Birmingham as Head of the School of Psychology. 

Professor Wilding is currently a Professor in Psychology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Nottingham and prior to that, he was Head of the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. 

Announcing the appointment Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences Professor Laura Green OBE, said: “Ed is an outstanding researcher and brings significant leadership experience, in addition to an impressive track record on delivering an exceptional student experience. I am confident that under Ed’s leadership the School of Psychology will build on its excellent reputation in research and teaching.”

Accepting the post, Professor Wilding said: “I am looking forward to joining the School of Psychology at Birmingham and being part of a team that will continue to develop the School as a centre of excellence for education and for cutting-edge research.”   

Professor Wilding completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at St Andrew’s University from 1993 to 1995 and then held research fellowships in psychology at Oxford University from 1996 to 1999. He joined the School of Psychology at Cardiff University in 1999, was promoted to Professor in 2010, and from 2012 to 2015 served as Head of School. Professor Wilding joined the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2015, and between 2016 and 2018 was Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Graduate School and Research Career Development. 

With a focus on the cognitive and neural basis of human long-term memory, Professor Wilding’s current research interests are in how we exert control over what we remember and what we forget.