Welcome to the Member Update. This is one of the ways in which we keep you informed of our latest news and events.
When I last updated you about the work of the Structural Review Group I focused on the important role of our regional and national branches in delivering benefits to members in their local area. You can read the previous update here. During the early part of this year we will continue to work on what this might look like in practice.
One of the new features which has been incorporated as part of the ongoing website upgrade is the ‘BPS Blogs’ section, which has been designed to serve as a platform to discuss and draw attention to various issues, events, and ideas which might be of interest to our members (as well as to the public at large) and to help highlight current or upcoming Society activity.
Our recently published articles have covered a variety of topics, from conspiracy theories and homophobia in sport, to child development and the increasing importance and relevance of Cyberpsychology as a discipline. We are currently on the lookout for new bloggers, both for regular features and for one-off content, and would welcome any interest from our members who believe they have an interesting perspective to share. If you are interested in contributing please contact our Online Content Manager, Andrew Walmsley.
Understanding the psychology of politicians, voters and activists is arguably one of our most pressing needs. Political Psychology is about doing exactly this. By supporting the establishment of a Political Psychology section in the BPS you can help it happen. Simply sign up before the end of February and you can play your part. All you need is your BPS membership number – there is no cost or compulsion to join anything. If you've any queries please contact Dr Ashley Weinberg.
The Society issued a further statement on conversion therapy in solidarity with like-minded healthcare organisations in the USA.
Two of our members were recognised in the New Year's Honours. Dr Siriol David was awarded a CBE and Professor Miranda Wolpert was awarded an MBE.
Many thanks to those who have already renewed their BPS membership. If you don’t pay by direct debit the 31 January was the deadline for renewing your membership. If you’ve forgotten or haven't had chance to renew yet please contact our Subscriptions Team on +44 (0)1952 214066. If you prefer to pay your renewal fee by credit or debit card, use our easy online payment facility. You will need to sign in, or sign up if you do not already have a web account. If we have not received your subscription fee by 15 February your Society benefits will be suspended automatically. We can reinstate your membership once the payment has been received.
Professional registration with the Science Council provides independent recognition of your achieving and maintaining the exacting standards required to join the global community of professional scientists. You can apply for any one of the Science Council awards offered by the Society – RSci, RSciTech and CSci – by completing the relevant form found on the Society website and returning them to us. Please contact Liam Gallagher in our Membership Team with any queries.
You can now upgrade from student to graduate membership online. If you’re upgrading your student membership, this year you will not need to pay the £21 application fee and as a graduate member you will have access to a variety of additional services and benefits. If you have any queries, please contact the Membership Team; +44 (0) 116 252 9911 or email; [email protected].
We have a new deal in place to outsource advertising in BPS periodicals. The company we have chosen is CPL, who also take care of advertising in The Psychologist. The cost to advertisers is likely to be higher than previous advertising space sold directly by the Society. However, the income will be reflected in your network’s financial accounts.
The proportion of advertising pages will not exceed seven percent of the entire issue. Editors will also have the opportunity to veto any advertising. Advertisers should contact Michael Niskin at CPL directly to book space. Any queries from editors should be directed to Dawn Morris, P4P Manager.
The East Midlands branch is looking for committee members until 2017 AGM, which will be held later in the year. If you would like to be more involved with your local branch go to the Members Online Resources site and fill in a Statement of Interest form. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 17 February at noon.
Annual General Meeting
This year's AGM will take place on Wednesday 3 May at 6pm at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. The Open Meeting will commence immediately after the AGM. Please submit questions for the Open Meeting in writing addressed to the Honorary General Secretary by Friday 3 March 2017.