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Member Update

Welcome to the Member Update. This is one of the ways in which we keep you informed of our latest news and events.

Our structural review

In order to improve its impact and effectiveness the Society has been undertaking a review of its aims and structure.  The Board of Trustees has agreed a statement which expresses the impact which the Society will have if it achieves its aims:

People, organisations and communities are equipped with the everyday psychological knowledge to navigate a complex world.  Everyone can access evidence-based psychology to enhance their lives, communities and wider society.

To achieve this impact we will need to be better at focusing on our aims, and have a structure that supports activities which are designed to achieve those aims.  An important element of this has been a review of the Society’s governance including its Trustees, Representative Council and its Boards.  We are now consulting on our proposals.  This consultation will remain open until 20 June and you can access the consultation here.

We will be consulting on proposals for our member networks.  Look out for further details about that consultation over the next few weeks.

News from the AGM

The Society thanked Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes for his commitment in his presidential roles and Professor Peter Kinderman for his year as President. Professor Kinderman is now Vice President.  The Society's new President is Nicola Gale. Professor Kate Bullen was confirmed as the new President-Elect. We also thanked Professor Abigail Locke for her hard work and support as a Trustee, Professor Locke is stepping down as a Trustee after 2 years.

Three Honorary Fellowships were awarded: Professor Michael Murray, John Oates and Professor Carolyn Kagan. Professor Murray and John Oates were at the meeting to collect their certificates.

Tell us what you think

To help us continue to develop our membership offering we would like members to complete a short survey by 30 June 2017.  Your opinions are important to us and your responses will be confidential and will not be shared with others.  

New CPD video

The Committee on Test Standards held a workshop at the Division of Occupational Psychology’s Conference entitled Psychological assessment - An overview of theoretical, practical and industry trends. The workshop provided practitioners with an opportunity to engage with recent evidence and developments in psychological and psychometric testing. To view the workshop video, please visit our YouTube channel.

Guidance on the use of the title ‘Consultant Psychologist’

The Society has produced guidelines on the use of the title ‘Consultant Psychologist’.  Their overarching purpose is to provide advice to individual psychologists, as well as to those involved in their recruitment and employment, on the appropriate use of the title in professional settings.  They will also serve as a reference document in relation to complaints or concerns raised within the BPS or HCPC.

Good luck to our student members in your forthcoming degree results

We would like to wish you well in your upcoming degree results.  Also, please keep us informed of any changes of contact information in order to ensure that Society mailings, including The Psychologist reach you.  You can check your contact information once signed in to the Society’s website by selecting ‘ My account’ then ‘Member account’.  

P4G and P4S registration open

Registration is now open for Psychology4Graduates and Psychology4Students 2017.   These events provide graduates and students with the opportunity to listen to inspiring talks from eminent psychologists who work across different fields of psychology.  P4S will take place at the Nottingham Conference Centre on 21 November and The Kia Oval, London on 5 December.  P4G will also be held at The Kia Oval, on 6 December.

Feedback from annual conference bursaries

The Society’s Research Board funded 26 bursaries for postgraduates who were presenting a poster or presentation to attend the Annual Conference in Brighton.  The Psychologist asked recipients for their highlights from conference.  Bursaries will be offered again in 2018.


Research seminar competition – the competition provides grants to enable institutions to cooperate to hold a series of at least three scientific seminars.  There are four grants available each worth up to £3000.  Closing date 30 June 2017.

Postgraduate study visits scheme – the scheme provides grants to enable research students to undertake a study visit to another institution for a minimum of two weeks.  Closing date 30 June 2017.

Postdoctoral study visits scheme – the scheme provides grants to enable postdoctoral researchers and lecturers to undertake a study visit to another institution for a minimum of two weeks.  Closing date 30 June 2017.

Response to Scottish Mental Health Strategy

The Society’s President and the Chair of the Scottish Branch wrote to the Scottish Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt MSP, in April in response to the publication of their Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027.

We welcomed their proposals and offered our support in the development and delivery of their future plans.

Doctoral loans

The Society responded to a government consultation on doctoral loans as part of a joint committee for psychology in higher education alongside the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments and the Experimental Psychology Society.  The consultation document was published in March.

The main points are:

  • Loans will be introduced from 2018/19 
  • Loans will be issued by the Student Loans Company and applications can be made from Spring 2018
  • Professional Doctorates are equally as eligible as PhDs (not PhDs by retrospective publication) (institutions must have Quality Assurance Agency recognised research degree awarding powers)
  • Duration of study is a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years
  • Loans are only available to those who usually reside in England, devolved nations will not be eligible (although England residents can use loans to study in the devolved nations)
  • The maximum amount is £25k
  • It is not means tested, repayment is income contingent in the same way as UG and Masters loans are
  • If you already hold a doctorate level qualification you will be ineligible
  • Maximum age is 59 years old on the first day of the first academic year of study
  • The loan is a contribution towards study and can be used to pay for tuition fees, maintenance or other costs towards study – it is up to the individual
  • Students receiving an NHS bursary (salary contributions or fees) or those in receipt of a research council studentships (full or fees only) will not be eligible

Guidelines on Data Management in the Psychological Sciences

The German Psychological Society has published guidelines on Data Management in the Psychological Sciences.  They aim to encourage open and transparent science, in which published finding are reproducible and data are accessible to other researchers for secondary use.  The Guidelines include recommendations on the principles of transparency in the following areas:  research data management, primary data, storage, costs of data archiving; data privacy and copyrights, time and scope of data sharing, rights and duties of primary and secondary users.  The Research Board welcomes these Guidelines which are freely available on the Open Science Framework website.




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