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Boards and committees

The Society has four main boards which report to the Board of Trustees, each with a specific area of responsibility.

  • Membership & Standards
  • Professional Practice
  • Education & Public Engagement
  • Research

These boards are made up of Society members, and their chairs serve on the Board of Trustees.

Each board also contains a number of sub-committees and working parties.

A number of other bodies also advise the Board of Trustees 

Two standing committees:

  • Psychologist and Digest Editorial Advisory Committee (PDEAC)
  • Ethics Committee

And two subcommittees and working groups:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Personnel Committee

For more information on their remit and responsibilities, please consult the tabs below.
 

The Membership and Standards Board (MSB) is concerned with issues relating to the membership of the Society and professional training in psychology.

Its responsibilities include:

  • accrediting postgraduate professional training courses
  • overseeing the various Society qualifications
  • advising on matters concerning membership of the Society, Chartered Psychologist status, the awarding of Fellowships and related matters
  • adjudicating the Society's appeal process

Our appeals process is designed to be fair and transparent and to allow the processing of appeals in a structured and timely manner.

The Society considers appeals against the following areas of its work:

If you decide to submit an appeal the onus is firmly on you as the appellant to demonstrate why you believe that your appeal meets at least one of the criteria for appeal identified in the appropriate booklet.

You may find our FAQs helpful.

Simply disagreeing with the decision is not sufficient grounds for an appeal. 

All appeals must be made in writing, with copies of all relevant documentation, and posted to the Society’s Office within two calendar months of the date of the letter/email communicating the decision.

Please note that we charge a fee for the assessment of appeals. This fee must be paid at the same time as submitting your appeal. Information about current fees is available in the appeals information booklets. In the event that we uphold your appeal, the Society will refund the total amount. 

The appeals process is not a mechanism for reassessing an application or your assessment submission for your qualification. If you require further feedback or clarification on the outcome, in the first instance, you are advised to contact the team that advised you of the decision.

Our guidance booklets are revised periodically, and you should ensure that you are using the most up-to-date booklet for your appeal (available via the links above).

If you would like further information on the appeals procedure, please email the Appeals Manager or telephone +44 (0)116 252 9919

The Professional Practice Board (PPB) reports to and advises the Board of Trustees on policy, applied research, the submission of evidence to public or private bodies and other matters relating to the application of psychological science.

Its main responsibilities are:

  • To consider how the knowledge of psychology is and can be applied by practitioner psychologists.
  • To consult and advise on the advancement and diffusion of areas of application and standards of practice.
  • To promulgate and promote the efficient, effective and competent application of psychology across practitioner contexts.
  • To provide guidance and advice to Members in the pursuit of excellent psychological practice.

To contact the Policy Advisor, please click here.

Through its activities, the Professional Practice Board (PPB) aims to establish, promote and support best practice in the delivery of psychological services.

Working Parties

PPB currently has the following working parties looking into specific issues relating to psychological practice.

  • Psychological Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Young People task and finish group
  • Aviation Psychology and Pilot Wellbeing task and finish group
  • Behaviour Change Advisory Group
  • Brain injury & Justice Working Party
  • Child Protection Working Party
  • Dementia Advisory Group
  • End of Life Care Working Party
  • Expert Witnesses Advisory Group
  • Mental Health Act Working Party
  • Review of Generic Professional Practice Guidelines Working Party
  • Recruitment by Competence Working Party
  • Work and Health Working Party
  • Workforce Planning Standing Advisory Committee

External groups

Council for Work and Health

The Society is an integral member of the Council for Work and Health, a not-for-profit company bringing together professional bodies that represent staff delivering health and wellbeing staff.

The Council provides an authoritative and representative 'single voice' on health and wellbeing issues and provides an opportunity for coordinated and integrated working on all issues impacting on health and wellbeing services in addition to facilitating information sharing to promote service improvement.

If you wish to find out more about the Council for Work and Health, visit their website.

You can also read the Council's Planning the Future report.

The Education and Public Engagement Board (EPEB) reports and advises the Board of Trustees on policy, standards, submissions of evidence to public and private bodies and other matters related to psychology.

Its main responsibilities are to:

  • Promote the advancement and diffusion of psychological knowledge, especially via educational programmes and activities which help to enhance public understanding.
  • Promote academic, ethical and scientific rigour in the delivery of psychology education at all levels and students in related disciplines.
  • Support activities that enhance the public understanding of psychology.
  • Develop and implement Society policy in relation to psychology education, psychology teaching, teachers and students in all sectors.
  • Seek to influence national and international policies and organisations that affect psychology education and qualifications.
  • Support the development and dissemination of best practice and innovation in the provision of psychology education.
  • Develop, implement and maintain the Society’s public engagement strategy.
  • Seek to secure best possible levels of funding for education in psychology by working with relevant bodies and other means.
  • Liaise with other Boards to ensure harmonious application of internal and external policy in relation to psychology education and public engagement.
  • Promote the usefulness of psychological qualifications in psychology careers and non-psychology careers.

Standing Committees

The Education and Public Engagement Board supports activity and policy development in the areas of pre-tertiary education (A level, Scottish Higher, IB, etc.) and psychology undergraduate students via the Standing Committee on Pre-Tertiary Education (SCoPTE) and the Student Committee. These committees undertake specialist activities and provide specialist advice to the Board, whilst ensuring the sectors they represent have a formal voice within the Society’s governance.

To find out more about the EPEB standing committees, please contact the Policy Team.

Lobbying and Liaison

The Board undertakes to represent the Society’s policies in relation to psychology education externally to a range of appropriate bodies including the DfE, TDA, OFQUAL and awarding bodies,  as well as the relevant governmental and non-governmental bodies within the devolved nations. It links with other relevant bodies to ensure psychology is represented in appropriate forums. Our partners include the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, the Higher Education Academy, Campaign for Science & Engineering , the Royal Society, the British Academy, Academy for Social Sciences and the British Science Association.

Awards & Grants

To promote, encourage and reward outstanding achievements in psychology education and public engagement the Board administers a range of awards. Grant schemes are also offered to support the advancement of the Board’s objectives in relation to teaching and learning and public engagement.

Public Engagement

The Board manages the Society’s core public engagement portfolio. This includes Society public engagement activity that we undertake at events like the BPS Annual Conference as well as linking with national science fairs and partners such as the Big Bang Science & Engineering Fair, Cheltenham Science Festival, The Royal Institution, Edinburgh International Science Fair, The British Science Festival and The British Academy.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact the Policy Team

Members only links

The Research Board reports to and advises the Board of Trustees on science and research policy, the funding of psychological research, the submission of evidence to public or private bodies and other matters relating to the promotion and advancement of psychological science.

Its main responsibilities are:

  • Influencing internal and external funding for the support and encouragement of research;
  • Reviewing psychological research within the UK and elsewhere, research conducted by our members, and research sponsored by the Society;
  • Providing informed and impartial advice on research issues in response to internal and external enquiry;
  • Commissioning or undertaking enquiries to produce expert and authoritative reports on research issues of interest to the Society and the wider public;
  • Supporting, on grounds of eligibility and quality, research activities planned or conducted by Society members;
  • Promote research (both discipline based and multidisciplinary) through the dissemination of results through conferences, seminars and other means;
  • Defining standards for the training of postgraduate students in research methods;
  • Working to maximise the availability of funds to support psychological research.

Through its activities the Research Board promotes the advancement and diffusion of knowledge through new developments in psychological science.

These activities include:

Working parties

The Research Board liaises closely with other Society Boards and Committees on the following Working Parties:

Expert Witnesses advisory group

Lobbying and liaison

The Research Board via its membership of the Joint Committee for Psychology in Higher Education liaises with key funding bodies such as the ESRC, BBSRC, MRC and the Wellcome Trust, as well as the Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It links with other relevant bodies to ensure psychology is represented in appropriate forums.

Our partners include the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, the Higher Education Council, Campaign for Science & Engineering , the Royal Society, the British Academy, Academy for Social Sciences and the British Science Association. See other ways we use our influence.

Awards and grants

To promote, encourage and reward outstanding achievements in psychological science the Board administers a range of awards. Grant schemes are also offered to support the advancement of psychological science.

Research guidelines and  policy documents

The Board publishes a range of guidelines and documents to promote high standards of ethical conduct and to promote psychological science.

The Ethics Committee is a Standing Committee of the Board of Trustees.

It promotes the ethical practice of psychology and is responsible for the Code of Ethics and Conduct and other ethical guidance within the Society.

Its main responsibilities are:

  • Promoting the ethical practice of psychology
  • Providing guidance to members on ethical matters relating to psychology
  • Overseeing, monitoring, coordinating and communicating to members and the public the guidance available form the Society on ethics matters, including scope and the means of communicating it
  • Considering the impact of ethical issues and guidance on training, education and continuing professional development, and to develop mechanisms for communicating relevant information into Institutions responsible for delivery in those areas
  • Taking steps proactively to prepare, or have prepared, ethical guidance statements, or have modified existing statements when deficiencies in the current guidance available from the Society become apparent
  • Developing the means and mechanisms to assist members in the consideration and resolution of ethical dilemmas
  • Monitoring the decisions taken by the Member Conduct Officer and the Board of Trustees in order that psychologists can corporately learn from the decisions of these Committees, when highlighting ethical issues which have not been considered before that can be incorporated into the guidance on ethical matters available to the Society
  • Maintaining an awareness of the ethical statements by other psychological organisations in th UK and internationallu
  • Monitoring Society guidance on ethical matters with those of other, especially European, psychological associations
  • Encouraging institutions in which psychologists work to establish their own multidisciplinary or other appropriate Ethics Committees and support mechanisms to review proposals for research or other activities, enquiries and investigations, but not to undertake such reviews of individual proposals itself
  • Monitoring and developing the mechanisms to provide ethical advice to members, the public and the media on professional practice
  • Monitoring diversity and equality issues which may have implications for the advice that to members about their conduct as psychologists
  • Administering and overseeing the Award for the Promoting Equality of Opportunity
  • A commitment to actively promote 'a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion within our discipline'

At our 2013 Annual Conference the Ethics Committee convened a symposium, Ethics at the Edge, which focused on applying lessons learned from psychology ethics to broader public life, including entertainment, research, education and organisations.

In 2017 the committee published 'a report on the Social Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion audit of the British Psychological Society'

AGM

Thursday 04th of May Annual Conference, Brighton

Board of Trustees

Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Friday 03rd March 10:00 - 16:30 Leicester 03rd February
Tuesday 02nd March 11:00 - 17:00 Brighton 04th April
Friday 23rd June 10:00 - 16:30 London 26th May
Thursday 21st September 11:00 - 17:00 Away Day - Latimer Place 25th August
Friday 22nd September 10:00 - 16:00 Away Day - Latimer Place 25th August
Friday 24th November 10:00 - 16:30 Leicester 27th October

Representative Council / General Assembly

Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Thursday 12th October - - 29th September
Friday 13th October - -

Membership Standards Board

Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Tuesday 31st January 11:00 - 16:00 Leicester 09th January
Tuesday 09th May 11:00 - 16:00 London 13th April
Tuesday 25th July 11:00 - 16:00 London 03rd July
Tuesday 24th October 11:00 - 16:00 Leicester 02nd October

Professional Practice Board

Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Friday 10th February 11:00 - 16:00 London (Friends House) 16th January
Friday 12th May 11:00 - 16:00 London 13th April
Friday 06th October 11:00 - 16:00 London 11th September

Education and Public Engagement Board

Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Wednesday 15th March 10:00 - 15:00 London -

Research Board

Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Tuesday 07rth February 11:00 - 15:00 London -
Wednesday 10th May 11:00 - 15:00 London -
Monday 09th October 11:00 - 15:00 London -

Ethics Committee

Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items
Friday 27th January 11:00 - 16:00 London -
Monday 15th May 11:00 - 16:00 London -
Monday 23rd October 11:00 - 16:00 London -
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