Dr David Biggs

BSc, Dip.IS, MSc, PhD, PGCHE, FHEA, CPsychol, AFBPsS


David is a Programme Director and Principal Lecturer at the University of Gloucester-shire.  Throughout his career, David has worked as a management consultant in recruitment, training and organizational change. His research interests have looked at temporary/permanent employment and more recently the consultancy industry.  He is also interested in recruitment especially in terms of applicant reactions to decisions, assessment centres and psychometric testing.

David enjoys promoting consultancy especially within occupational psychology and has been a guest speaker for many other universities (University of Oxford (Christ Church College), University of Northampton, University of Warwick (Business School), University of Hull, Goldsmiths College (University of London) and University of Hertfordshire).  David is especially keen on promoting the employability of students especially in a consultancy context and this was the main motivation for the book published by Cengage.

David prides himself in developing the research ideas of others.  He is involved in a number of dissertation projects at PhD, DBA, MSc and BSc level.  Some of this research has informed his own studies. Indeed, with other researchers in the field, David has grasped a clear insight into the management consultancy industry.

In summary, David has a successful knowledge transfer and research profile that has resulted in several publications.  He is keen to develop his interests in business and occupational psychology through consultancy and research.


Recent publications include:


Rahim, A., Biggs, D. & Schley D.G. (In Press, 2012) Organizational Design. Chapter in Rahim, A. (Ed)Management: Theory, Research, and Practice. San Diego: Cognello Academic Publishing

Maple, T. and Biggs, D. (2012) Are occupational psychologists happy being consultants? BPS Occupational Psychology Conference 2012

Hunt, L. & Biggs, D. (2011) Gullibility and psychometrics: do people just believe what you tell them?Assessment and Development Matters 3, 2, 9-12.

Biggs, D. (2010) Management Consulting: A guide for students. London: Cengage Learning

Biggs, D. (2010) Developing competence through competencies as a consultant occupational psychologist. BPS Occupational Psychology Conference 2010

Ravalier, J., and Biggs, D. (2009) Tough man culture and stress in the emergency services. BPS Occupational Psychology Conference 2009

Biggs, D., Collins, J. and Smith, N. (2008) Jobs and lovers: The same in the eyes of the rejected. BPS Occupational Psychology Conference 2008

Biggs, D., Collins, J., MacDonald, S. and Hovey, N. (2008) Attitudes of employers and recruitment agencies towards individuals with mental health needs. BPS Occupational Psychology Conference 2008

Millmore, M., Biggs, D. and Morse, L. (2008) The impact of gender on 360-degree managerial performance appraisals. BPS Occupational Psychology Conference 2008

Biggs, D. (2007) Job satisfaction amongst agency workers Individuals in Temporary Agency Jobs Symposium, University of Erlangen, NürnbergGermany

Biggs, D., Hovey, N. MacDonald, S. and Tyson, P. (2010) Employer and employment agency attitudes towards employing individuals with mental health needs. Journal of Mental Health 19, 6, 505-516.

Biggs, D., Burchell, B.J. and Millmore, M., (2008) The changing world of the temporary worker: the potential HR impact of legislation, Human resources dispatching: Taiwan 69-91 (Translation from Personnel Review; 2006)

Biggs, D. and Sagheb-Tehrani, M. (2008) Providing developmental feedback to individuals from different ethnic minority groups using expert systems. Expert Systems 28, 2, 130-143.