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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.

Rolling out change - BPS Structural Review

Catch up with the latest in BPS President Peter Kinderman’s blog as he explains why we are making significant changes to the structure and efficiency of the Society.

Our Declaration on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Last week we published our new Declaration on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion setting out our commitments as an employer and professional body.  The Declaration was prepared by the Ethics Committee and has been published following consultation with the Society’s members and staff. This is an important reiteration and extension of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, recognising the need to ensure that we will actively promote this culture within our discipline.

The Society will now develop a plan to deliver the objectives of the declaration, which will be embedded at all levels within our organisation, whilst we will regularly reflect on and review our progress. 

Nicola Gale, BPS President Elect, commented: 

"Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is central to our work as psychologists, whether we are generating and promulgating scientific knowledge, working in professional practice and advocating for top quality services, in education and training, or indeed in the course of our work with policy makers and the wider public. I am committed to working with colleagues to foster this in all that we do."

Open awards and grants

The International Conference Symposium Scheme provides grants to support BPS Member Networks to convene a symposium at an international conference. To apply you need to be a member of a Member Network and be taking forward a symposium on behalf of that Member Network.  Please note: this Scheme does not provide funding for individual members to attend conferences.  The closing date for applications is 1 May 2017.  For the full criteria, contact the Policy Adminstrator.

Are you engaged in research of outstanding quality?  Our Presidents’ Award is a mid-career recognition of research achievements.  Recipients are invited to deliver the Presidents’ Award Lecture at the annual conference and are also eligible for BPS Life Membership.  More information and nomination details can be found here.  Nominations close on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

The Research Board Lifetime Achievement Award recognises the distinctive and exemplary contributions to psychological knowledge of academics and researchers.  The award confers BPS Life Membership and £1,000 to be spent on furthering an area of research of the nominee’s choice. More information and nomination details can be found here.  Nominations close on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

Apply for tax relief on BPS subscription fees

The Inland Revenue allows tax relief on all BPS membership subscription fees, including division, section, special group and journal payments.  A higher rate tax payer will save 40 per cent on their subscription fees, and a basic rate tax payer 20 per cent.  For more information visit the website.

Make the most of your member benefits

To help you see at a glance which benefits and services you are eligible for have a look at our new benefits grid.

British Journal of Clinical Psychology editor vacancy

Our partnership with Wiley offers Editors the opportunity to build upon the success of our journals in collaboration with a global publisher. The aims of the partnership are to enhance the global profile of our journals, develop each journal to be an international leader in its field, and provide enhanced support to each journal editor.

We are seeking candidates with a strong research background and significant publishing experience to lead editorial boards, contribute to editorial policy development and work with the Wiley team. The term of office is three years from 1 October 2017 with the option of extension for a further three years. The post carries an annual honorarium.

For more information and how to apply visit it our Editor vacancies page.

Appy Birthday

The Psychologist app has celebrated its first birthday. During that time more than 21,000 people have used it. Our members get complete access using their web login details. Alongside the monthly issues, there have been more than 15 free 'specials'. Find it now in your iOS/Android store!

Remember that alongside the (relaunched) print edition, there is also lots of exclusive material to be found on the website - alongside more than 350 back issues!

Our Research Digest app is approaching its own birthday. It's open to all, and is a great way to keep up with the latest peer-reviewed research in psychology.

Connect with The Psychologist and Research Digest on Twitter. 

The Royal Society Pairing Scheme

Each year research scientists are paired with parliamentarians and civil servants.  They learn about each other’s work by spending time together, in Westminster and the researcher's institution.

Those taking part gain an insight into how research findings can help inform policy making, and come away with a better understanding of how they can get involved.
The scheme is open until Monday 3 April.  For more information visit The Royal Society website or email [email protected].

New test reviews available

The BPS Test Reviews Editorial team has finalised reviews of three psychological tests: 

Full reviews of these tests are available in the Test Registration and Test Reviews area of the Psychological Testing Centre Website. BPS and RQTU members can access full reviews free of charge.

Discover more with EBSCO

Discovery Service, a free service for BPS members, provides access to EBSCO's vast knowledge base within a single search experience.

As well as offering a single search (with advanced options) of our primary full-text journals databases. The service also searches:

  • Many premium psychology publishers, including Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Springer, Emerald, etc.
  • Open-access journals databases
  • Subject and institutional repositories
  • Academic catalogues, including Science Direct, ERIC, JSTOR, etc.
  • Many other online sources – biographies, ebooks, conference proceedings, images, magazines, newspapers, videos, and much more.

Find out more and access the service at PsychSource.

To get the most out of using Discovery Service, see a short tutorial.

International Union of Psychological Service Bulletin

The latest bulletin from the IUPsyS is now available.  This edition and previous editions are available online.

Professional development workshops

We are looking for people to run high quality CPD workshops on the following topics:

•    Brain injury & justice
•    Dementia
•    End of life care
•    Mental Capacity Act
•    Mental Health Act
•    Migrants & refugees
•    Obesity
•    Research Excellence Framework
•    Safeguarding
•    Work & Health
•    Writing for publication

Find out more or contact [email protected]


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