The flagship public engagement event for the School of Psychology is the annual Anderson Lecture, which showcases the latest thinking in psychology. The lecture was established by the University to honour its Anderson Chair in Psychology, one of the oldest Psychology chairs in the UK which was founded in 1896 at the bequest of Reverend William Anderson.

The inaugural Anderson Lecture (2014) entitled “Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You”  was given by Prof Daniel Gilbert (Harvard). A video recording of this lecture can be viewed here:

The second Anderson lecture (2015) was given by Prof Bruce Hood (Bristol) and was entitled “The Domesticated Self: How the Social Development of the Species and the Individual Change Our Brains”.

The third lecture (2016) was delivered by Prof Richard Wiseman (Hertfordshire) was entitled “The Luck Factor”. 

The fourth lecture (2017), delivered by Prof Nicola Clayton (Cambridge) was entitled "Ways of Thinking From Crows to Children and Back Again". 

The fifth lecture (2018) was delivered by Professor Lisa Feldmann-Barrett (Northeastern) and was entitled "Emotions: Separating Fact from Fiction".