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Ian graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and, thanks to a departmental scholarship, he was able to remain at the University to complete a Masters in Psychiatry, Philosophy and Society and a PhD in Evolutionary Developmental Psychopathology under the supervision of Professor Robert Maxwell Young and Professor Peter Carruthers. Ian also holds a BSc (Open) in Combined Sciences from the Open University.
Ian founded the peer-reviewed journal Evolutionary Psychology in 2003 as the culmination of a series of internet-based projects designed to promote inter-disciplinary debate on experimental and theoretical work on human nature across the whole range of the biological and human sciences. He joined the University of Huddersfield in 2003 after a period working as a post-doctoral research fellow in clinical neuroscience in the United States.
Before taking up his current post as Head of Strategy, Policy and Engagement in the Research & Enterprise Directorate, which involves responsibility for the Universitys strategic approach to the Research Excellence Framework, Ian was REF & PGR Manager and Head of Research Administration. He is currently interested in how universities develop appropriate infrastructures for research information and business processes in order to achieve research excellence.
My doctoral research at the University of Sheffield involved an evolutionary and developmental (evo-devo) perspective on psychiatric nosology.
Smith, K., Williams, D., Yasin, N. and Pitchford, I. (2014) ‘Enterprise skills and training needs of postgraduate research students’ Education + Training , 56 (8/9), pp. 745-763. ISSN 0040-0912
Williams, D., Smith, K., Yasin, N. and Pitchford, I. (2013) ‘Evaluating the state of enterprise training for post-graduate researchers in the UK’ Education + Training , 55 (8/9). ISSN 0040-0912
Yasin, N., Williams, D. and Pitchford, I. (2012) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for Postgraduate Research Students : Report 1 : Desk Exercise: Enterprise Skills Development Programmes University of Huddersfield
Yasin, N., Williams, D. and Pitchford, I. (2012) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for Postgraduate Research Students : Report 2 : Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Five UK Universities University of Huddersfield
Yasin, N., Williams, D. and Pitchford, I. (2012) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for Postgraduate Research Students : Report 3 : Training Needs Analysis University of Huddersfield
Stone, G., White, S., Robinson, D., Pitchford, I. and Edmunds, C. (2012) Huddersfield Open Access Publishing final report Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)
Stone, G., White, S., Robinson, D., Pitchford, I. and Edmunds, C. (2011) Huddersfield Open Access Publishing project blog Available at:
Pitchford, I (2001) ‘No evolution. No cognition’ Evolution and Cognition , 7 (1), pp. 39-45. ISSN 0938-2623
I was founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Evolutionary Psychology.
I was University lead on a project with Enterprise Educators UK entitled Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for Postgraduate Research Students.
I am institutional lead for the Research Excellence Framework and have overall responsibility for postgraduate research administration.