I deliver content for the on-campus psychology (undergraduate) courses (social psychology, psychology in the modern world, qualitative analysis) and behaviour change (Masters) course (macroergonomics, design for behaviour change, task analysis, research project. I am pathway lead for MSc Behaviour Change with Ergonomics) as well as the online MSc Ergonomics programme (with previous experience of being module leader for Approaches in Ergonomics, Systems Ergonomics, Physical Characteristics and Human Performance, Independent Studies and Ergonomics & Design) and I have module leadership for the online BSc Psychology Applied Psychology and Ergonomics modules.

I have previously developed from scratch a 20-credit module on cognitive ergonomics and worked on a range of grant-funded research projects largely within the area of design for inclusion (social inclusion, usability, accessibility, disability, older age). These included: usability of kitchens, data collection for the creation of a tool for assessing multivariate anthropometric fit, as well as co-design for reducing single-occupancy car journeys, ergonomic issues of designing reduced/no water flushing toilets, transferability of road safety infrastructure from Europe to India and Brazil, alongside consultancy research including usability of vacuum cleaners, driving simulator trials of new in-car information displays, and others.

I have considerable expertise in designing, conducting, analysing and disseminating user testing and trials using appropriate methods (literature review, questionnaires, interviews, observation, anthropometric measurement, 3D body scanner, eye tracking, driving simulation, etc.), analysis (quantitative and qualitative) and communicating with and coordinating global research teams and producing outputs for academic and non-academic audiences.

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Professional Memberships

Chartered registered member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF)

Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Certificate in Early Years Practice (Open University) 2010

Certificate in Health & Social Care (Distinction, Open University) 2009

PhD ‘Design for All: Methods and data to support designers’ (Loughborough University) 2003

MSc Ergonomics (Pass, Loughborough University) 1999

BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1, University of Exeter) 1998


Marshall, R., Summerskill, S., Case, K., Hussain, A., Gyi, D., Sims, R., Morris, A., Barnes, J. (2016) Supporting a Design Driven Approach to Social Inclusion and Accessibility in Transport, Social Inclusion.

Mitchell, V., Ross, T., May, A., Sims, R., Parker, C. (2015) Empirical investigation of the impact of using co-design methods when generating proposals for sustainable travel solutions, CoDesign, Dec. 2015

Sims, R. E., Maguire, M. C., Nicolle, C., Marshall, R., Lawton, C., Peace, S., and Percival, J., “Older peoples’ experiences of their kitchens: 2000 to 2010”, Housing, Care and Support, 15(1), April 2012, pp6-15.

Sims, R.E., Marshall, R., Summerskill, S.J. Gyi, D.E., and Case, K. “Supporting older and disabled people’s needs in product, environment and service design”, International Journal of Business, Humanities & Technology, 2(2), March 2012, p212-220 [online open access].


Research Interests

Design ergonomics, particularly regarding inclusion and ‘design for all’, consideration of non-standard populations. Currently working on qualitative analysis of emotional responses to the kitchen, and grant application considering use of the Arts with people with dementia and those caring for them.