Member Update - October 2012

Message from the President

Flagship Society Events


Awards and Grants


Society News


Society in the News


Society Services


Society Publications


BPS Learning Centre


Message from the President

Hello and welcome to the October issue of the Member Update. After an enjoyable summer of sporting excellence at the Olympics the Society has been doing its bit to engage on the international stage. Our continuing involvement with European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations is just one way we seek to influence and work with other psychological organisations.


Our fellow members are also doing their part to influence and engage in the global arena. Congratulations to our Honorary General Secretary Professor Pam Maras, who has been re-elected to the International Union of Psychological Science Executive Committee and Honorary Fellow Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith who was awarded the Foundation Mattei Dogan Prize in Psychological Science in July.


I’m looking forward to our annual BPS/BA Lecture in London on the 17 October. The lecture, given by Professor Ian Deary, celebrates the unique Scottish contribution to how our cognitive abilities change over a lifetime from Sir Godfrey Thomson’s Scottish Mental Surveys. Professor Deary will revisit the original research, in which the intelligence of almost all Scottish 11 years’ olds was measured twice (1932 and 1947) and discuss the recent follow up studies involving some of the original participants. Although the event is fully booked we will be live tweeting and publishing an audio recording of the lecture in the weeks following. If you would like to know when the recording is available
please contact

Best Wishes

Dr Peter Banister

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Flagship Society Events


Annual Conference 2013

The 2013 Annual Conference will take place at the Harrogate International Centre from 9 until11 April. 

Psychology4Students 2012

Designed to inspire A level, pre-tertiary and first year undergraduate psychology students, the Society holds two events each year to ensure audiences throughout the UK have the opportunity to attend. 

Psychology4Students: Nottingham 2012 takes place at Nottingham Trent University on 21 November.

Psychology4Students: Kensington 2012 takes place at Kensington Town Hall, London on 6 December.

Registration is now open for both events.

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Awards and Grants


Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology and Spearman Medal awards open for nominations

Nominations can now be made for these awards that recognise the work of early career researchers.  The closing date for both awards is 1 November 2012.  Full details are available on the web (Spearman Medal / Outstanding Doctoral Research) or contact


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Society News


New report - Technique Is Not Enough (TINE)

Parenting programmes should be socially inclusive according to a new report published by the Society’s Social Inclusion group in September.

The report specifically focuses on psychological and socio-ecological perspectives on ensuring evidence based parenting programmes are socially inclusive. It was written by specialists in their field and offers recommendations and applied examples of ways in which to deliver parenting programmes using a psychological perspective to ensure the engagement and retention of those families who would benefit most to do so.


Free copies of the report are available from the BPSShop.

Read more about the TINE framework in Dr Fabian David’s, Chair of the Social Inclusion Group, article in The Guardian.

Subscription renewal online

Society subscriptions are now due. Members who have an active email address registered with us will soon receive an email encouraging them to renew your membership online.

Online communications are less expensive, more convenient for many members and more environmentally friendly than paper communications. So after a successful trial last year we are inviting members to renew their membership online.

If you renew online between 3 and 23 October you will not receive any reminders from us through the post and will therefore save your Society money.

We hope that you will help us save on the print and postage costs of the subscription renewal process so that we can invest more on the many benefits of membership that are important to you. If you do not pay online by 23 October, we will send you our usual renewal reminder in the post.

To pay your subs online, go to our online payment facility. For enquiries contact or call +44 (0)1952 214 066.

As the largest psychology community in Europe, the British Psychological Society strives to deliver valuable products and services to psychologists and those members in related professions to help you keep up to date and network with other likeminded people.

Your Psychologist, your way

Are you a Society member looking to read The Psychologist on Kindle, tablet or smartphone? Log in to the Society website and then visit to find out more.

Updates from The Psychologist

If you would like to receive the latest news from The Psychologist, competitions and more, follow @psychmag on Twitter. The editor is always keen to receive your suggestions for topics and people who could feature in future issues.

Stories of Psychology: Archives, Histories and What They Tell Us

Our History of Psychology Centre will hold a half-day symposium Stories of Psychology: Archives, Histories and What They Tell Us on Tuesday 16 October 2012. It will take place at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre. This is the second such symposium following a very successful and well-attended event last October.


Although the event is fully booked we have a waiting list for any places that may become available. For more details visit


New videos explain the benefits of belonging

In partnership with volunteer Student and Graduate members, we are pleased to launch two short films that cover some important questions for psychology students: What does membership of the Society mean for you? Why is it important to study a Society-accredited programme? How can membership support you throughout your studies?


We are very grateful to those members who took part in the films and hope you enjoy watching.


Watch the undergraduate video here.
Watch the postgraduate video here.


Twitter fever 


We have nearly 8,000 followers on Twitter! For up-to-date psychology news and more follow us @BPSOfficial


Wessex Branch host military and veterans well-being conference at Sandhurst


Our Wessex branch is holding a one-day conference at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst on the psychological well-being of our military personnel and veterans on Thursday 15 November 2012.


The keynote speaker is a leading figure in various aspects of military health and Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research Unit, King’s College London, Professor Simon Wessely.


The conference will be of interest not only to clinical, counselling, health and occupational psychologists but also military personnel and civilians working closely with the military (e.g. the NHS, charities, emergency & prison services).


For more information or to register visit

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Society in the News


The Paralympics and our Public Engagement Grant

Chartered Psychologist Professor Jan Burns was in high demand during the 2012 London Paralympics to speak about her work classifying athletes for the intellectual disability categories. Jan is Head of Eligibility for INAS – the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability.

Jan was interviewed by the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC World Service, Nature and Time magazine. Jan also spoke at the International Paralympics committee press conference where she used a new video produced with the help of a public engagement grant from the Society to help the public understand the classification rules for athletes with intellectual disabilities taking part in the London 2012 Paralympics.

Jan said: "Many thanks to the Society for supporting this work with its Public Engagement Grants. This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work, determination and abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and the public showed a genuine interest and enthusiasm in trying to understand their involvement in the Paralympics."

You can read more about this in the Media page in the October issue of The Psychologist.
Developmental Psychology annual conference coverage

Professor Clare Wood and colleagues (University of Coventry) paper ‘The impact of text messaging on children's and young adults' understanding of grammar’ appeared in The Telegraph and the Irish Independent.

Dr. Gina Mireault of Johnson State College and Dr. John Sparrow at the University of New Hampshire – Manchester (USA) ‘Social referencing in young infants discovery of humour’ appeared in The Telegraph, US Health News and was widely reported across the German media.

Miss Kate Hodgson, Dr Katherine Shelton & Dr Marianne Van den Bree (University of Cardiff) paper 'Psychopathology among young people with experiences of homelessness' was reported in Walesonline.


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Society Services


New register for Occupational Safety and Health Consultants

Chartered Members can now apply to register on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register.The register is a means by which our members can demonstrate their professional standing and experience in occupational health and safety.  It is freely accessible and searchable by the public, including potential clients. 


PsychSource – online resource centre to access all our journals and books

We are pleased to confirm that before the end of the year, access to our 11 Society journals and 32 other titles published by Wiley-Blackwell will be via PsychSource: a new single access point to all BPS/Wiley-Blackwell resources making it easier for you to enjoy this invaluable member benefit.




The Society now offers the European Certificate in Psychology Certificate (EuroPsy). It is the European qualification standard for psychologists and is awarded by 35 countries across the continent.

For more information, please visit the EuroPsy webpage.


Online voting system


The Society's secure online voting system is open to members. It allows members to vote in Society ballots in a more convenient and environmentally friendly way. To take advantage of this system you simply need to sign-up.


Signing up is easy, just login to the Society website and visit the Change your Membership Details webpage, once there, scroll down and opt into Society Voting Online.


We understand that some members will prefer to vote using the traditional postal vote. This form of voting will continue.



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Society Publications


New educational monograph focuses on antisocial classroom behaviour

Continuing the series which has focused on Psychological Aspects of Education – Current Trends, this publication is number nine in the British Journal of Educational Psychology’s Monograph Series II and brings together evidence from psychological research to help readers understand the causes of anti-social behaviour and what can be done to curb it. Read more about the monograph on our news pages. Copies can be purchased at the BPSShop or by contacting


To get a hard copy of any Society Monograph or get the complete Monograph Series, visit the BPS Shop or contact our Commercial Sales Team.

For electronic copies of our Monographs from 2002 to the present, please go to Ingenta.

Are you missing out on the Research Digest?

Here’s what Society member Dr Jennifer Wild said about the Society’s award winning Research Digest blog: ‘Easy to access and free, and a mine of useful information for my work: what more could I want? I only wish I’d found this years ago!’ Why not take a look for yourself – – and join 21,000 other followers on Twitter @researchdigest


Looking to advertise?


Our 2012 media packs are now available to view online. Whether you are promoting your course or scouring our membership for new talent, we have a package to suit your needs.


Recruitment advertising 

All other advertising 

For further details visit the Advertise webpage.

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BPS Learning Centre

2013 CPD Directory coming soon

The Learning Centre is currently working with the Society’s Member Networks to create the 2013 CPD workshop programme. Set to be the biggest yet, the 2013 programme will see workshops from more Member Networks than in previous years and will see an increase in the number of cross-divisional events. These events cover a range of mutually relevant topics and provide Members with the opportunity for cross-discipline learning and networking. Watch this space for updates and the launch of the programme in the autumn. 

Workshops places available



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