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Karen Beamish

Membership Matters - April

30 April 2021 | by Karen Beamish

Firstly, I hope that everyone is enjoying the warm weather and the relative freedom that we are enjoying after recent relaxations of the lockdown rules in various parts of the UK.

Heart breaking news from across the world continues to remind us that this pandemic is not yet over, but we are starting to see signs of hope that the worst may be behind us domestically at least, and all of us at the BPS hope that this positive picture remains throughout the summer.

We are not yet at a point where we can begin to welcome members back to in-person events. I hope that this will not be too long, but in the meantime, I want to remind you that we have a busy schedule of webinars and online conferences coming up that you can view on our website.

This includes our second fully online annual conference, which will be taking place on 1 and 2 July. Since my last update, we’ve been able to confirm much of the programme, which is now available to view.

One benefit of being forced to hold the event online has been that we are able to cast our net globally for keynote speakers, and we’re particularly delighted to be welcoming the likes of Professor George Bonnano from Columbia University, Dr Carol Ryff from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Professor Cass Sunstein from Harvard University. That is, of course, in addition to some fantastic speakers and presenters from our own shores, representing the best of UK psychology.

The two ongoing projects, crucial to the future of BPS membership, are continuing to progress. You will have seen the invitation to participate in an all-member consultation on the proposals we’ve been developing alongside the members who joined us for focus groups earlier this year.

It’s really important that you have your say on this, and we still want to refine it on the back of your comments.  The revised member grades structure will be presented by the Board of Trustees to members for a vote, and the outcome will be announced at the EGM later in the year.  All of the information on the proposals, the process so far and the consultation is available on our dedicated web page.

I know it may seem like we’re firing a lot of consultations and surveys at you right now, so thank you to everyone who participated in the member networks review one that we shared last month. The comments and insights from this, as well as those garnered through in-depth conversations with our member network committees and representatives, are now being included in a final report by Korn Ferry.

This will give us some concrete recommendations on how we can improve the relationship between the BPS and its networks, as well as enhance the experience of members who choose to join a network on top of their society membership.

Around half of you currently aren’t members of a network outside of your geographic branch – we’ve developed a new tool, Find Your Network, which will recommend areas of the society that match your professional and scientific interests.

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