I have worked in Higher Education for over 25 years, and pursued a variety of interests and roles in teaching and research. Trained in Occupational Psychology at Hertfordshire University I have always been interested in psychometrics, assessment and development in workplaces.
I am a chartered Psychologist with emphases in business psychology and coaching which is where most of my research interests lie. I work freelance as a part-time coach, and am open to working with individuals or organisations developing their assessment and development activities and conducting applied research in organisational trust. Previous projects involved developing commercial and bespoke assessment solutions in industry, providing consultancy in assessment centre design and recruitment in difficult to recruit professions.
My current research interest lies in organisational trust, specifically asking questions about trust in the context of social exchange. What makes people trust another? What makes some people more trusting than others? How does trust influence our perception of organisational events, rituals and transitions? How does trust play out in different professions (social workers, doctors, musicians)? How does trust operate in a research context?
Searle, R. H., & Patent, V. (2012). Recruitment, Retention and Role Slumping in Child Protection: The Evaluation of In-Service Training Initiatives. British Journal of Social Work.
Patent, V. and R. H. Searle (2012). Trust in Selection - New framework? European Network of Selection and Research (ENESER). Sheffield, June 2012.
Patent, V., & Searle, R. (2012). Measuring trust propensity. Paper presented at the FINT workshop, June 2012.
Patent, V., Searle, R. H., & Conway, N. (2012). Uncertainty reduction and person fit in selection: a function of stages in the recruitment and selection process. Paper presented at the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP).
Wilson, A., & Patent, V. (2011). 8. Trusted to care: role of trust in mentoring. In R. H. Searle & D. Skinner (Eds.), Trust and Human Resource Management (pp. 139).
Searle, R. H., Patent, V., & Rupp, D. E. (2010). Using Assessment Centers to Facilitate Collaborative, Quasi-standardized Industry-wide Selection: Lessons from Medical Speciality Placement in the UK. Paper presented at the 35th International Congress on Assessment Center Methods, October 20-21, 2010.
A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.
OU Modules on which I currently teach:
In my teaching I am motivated by seeing students learn and develop, but also by opportunities for developing curriculum that meets employability requirements, innovates delivery and instructional design via teaching online and promotes active and problem-based learning.