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Your Future in Psychology 2021

21 January 2021 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The perfect event for A Level and Scottish Highers Psychology students and teachers is back! Your Future in Psychology returns and will give students and teachers a fantastic insight into the A Level and Higher psychology curriculum, with a stellar line up of speakers.

The panel will cover key topics of the A Level and Higher curriculum including, addiction, memory, mental health and inequality and wellbeing, giving students a deeper understanding and bringing topics to life.

Alongside the speakers, for teachers there will be 3 CPD sessions, which will include:

  • Introduction to SCOPTE Teachers Toolkit/teaching resources - This workshop will outline what the BPS is doing to engage more proactively with school and college teachers of psychology. Helene Anell will explain how this has come about via the Membership  journey carried out recently by the BPS. Helene will also look at what has been happening and the plans for the future. In addition she will demonstrate the Toolkit for you and lead discussion on what additional support you may wish to see on this site
  • Workshop on online teaching delivery
  • The launch of the revised BPS code of ethical conduct

These invaluable CPD sessions will give teachers and tutors the support and guidance needed to support and inspire their students and at a cost of only £5.00 for the whole day is tremendous value and given the uncertain times we find ourselves in should prove to be very useful and practical. So grab your laptop, get registered and we’ll see you there!

Programme Outline

Main Stream


Teacher CPD Stream

10:00    Welcome and Introduction     
10:15    Welcome from the BPS President, Dr Hazel McLaughlin    
10:30    Dr Robert A. Nash, Aston University - Why your false memories stick around    
11:15    Break    
11:30    Professor Matt Field, University of Sheffield - Psychology and Addicition   CPD session 1 Introduction to SCOPTE Teachers Toolkit and teaching resources - Helene Ansell
12:15    Dr Nikhil Sengupta, University of Kent - The psychology of inequality: Evidence from largescale panel studies  

CPD session 2 Workshop on online teaching delivery - Matt Jarvis

13:00    Lunch break    
13:30   Transitions from A Level to Degree - Dr Phil Banyard, Nottingham Trent University
Followed by Eduard Margarit, BPS Student Members Committee Chair and Phil Banyard 'in conversation' about transitions  
  CPD session 3 Launch of revised BPS Code of Human Research Ethics - John Oates, Open University
14:15    Professor Veena Kumari, Brunel University London - Schizophrenia: Myths and Facts      
15:00    Break    
15:15    Speaker Panel Discussion - A Q&A session with our expert speakers    
16:00    Event close    

Confirmed Speakers

Professor Matt Field, University of Sheffield

Matt Field is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Sheffield. He received his BSc in Psychology from Swansea University in 1997 and his D. Phil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex in 2001. He conducts research into the psychological mechanisms that underlie alcohol problems and other addictions. Specific interests include the roles of decision-making and impulse control in addiction, recovery, and behaviour change more broadly. His research has been funded by the Medical Research Council, Wellcome and Alcohol Change UK, and in 2009 he received the Spearman Medal from the British Psychological Society in recognition of his contributions to psychology research.

Professor Veena Kumari, Brunel University London

Veena Kumari obtained her Doctorate in Psychology (1993) from Banaras Hindu University (India) before moving to the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (KCL, UK) where she later served as Professor of Experimental Psychology (2006-2016) and Deputy Head and Lead for Post-graduate Research for Psychology (2013-2016). Currently, she is Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) at Brunel University London. Her research interests include the neurobiology of violence in psychosis and personality disorders, pharmacological and psychological therapies for mental disorders, and personality and individual differences. She has published over 250 articles and received various awards for her research, including the prestigious Humboldt Research Award.  She also serves for various scientific journals in editor (Psychological Therapies, Frontiers in Psychiatry), associate editor  (Cortex; Brain & Cognition) or editorial board member roles (European Psychiatry; Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry;  Personality Neuroscience). 

Dr Robert A. Nash, Aston University

Dr Robert Nash is a Reader in the School of Psychology at Aston University, Birmingham, where he is also the Director of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching. He completed his undergraduate degree and his PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick, and went on to hold posts at Lancaster University and the University of Surrey before moving to Aston in 2015. Rob is a cognitive psychologist by background, with particular expertise in human memory, cognition, and social influence. He is particularly interested in how research in these areas of psychology can be applied to issues in the legal system, such as eyewitness memory and police interviewing. However, he also publishes applied research on psychological issues within the domains of education and health.

Dr Nikhil Sengupta, University of Kent

Dr Nikhil Sengupta is a Lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Kent. He completed his PhD at the University of Auckland, NZ, and subsequently held a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship at the University of Oxford. Dr Sengupta’s research seeks to understand how social inequality is produced, maintained and challenged, with a particular focus on the victims of inequality. He has examined these questions using data from largescale longitudinal surveys, including a ten-wave survey of 20,000 people in New Zealand and a four-wave survey of 40,000 people in India. Dr Sengupta has recently been awarded a grant from the European Research Council to employ this research strategy in the UK, by starting a new four-wave survey of 50,000 people across the country. This project aims to understand how public attitudes in three related domains of resource distribution – inequality, immigration and international relations – develop and change over time.   

Dr Phil Banyard, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Phil Banyard is Head of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The Department is the largest provider of full-time undergraduate psychology degrees in the UK and the for the last eight years has achieved over 90% approval on the national student survey. In his thirty years at NTU Phil Banyard has taught on a range of courses but focused on introductory modules and critical thinking. His research was concerned with the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning, especially in schools. He was a chief examiner of A Level Psychology for many years and has written more than twenty texts. The most recent of these was an introductory text with SAGE that brought in over 50 members of the department at NTU. His cultural interests are largely defined by small-people in the family and he is currently enjoying Captain Underpants series three which he regards as riotously creative. 


Registration for this event costs just £5.

To register, just sign in using your existing BPS log in details. If you are not a returning customer or BPS member, you will need to create a free account.

Joining instructions will be sent within 24hrs of the event, these will be sent to your BPS registered email address.

Block bookings

Please note, we have limited opportunities for block bookings and these will be on a first come first served basis. If you wish to place a block booking, please send confirmed numbers along with the names and email addresses of all attendees to [email protected] by Friday 18 December 2020.

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