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Safeguard the profession: engage and be part of our future
We’re looking for committed and enthusiastic members to get involved in reviewing and accrediting programmes including:
- undergraduate programmes
- postgraduate programmes across a range of areas of applied psychology
- Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training programmes.
Your skills and experience
We need members from academic and/or practitioner backgrounds with expertise in:
- running accredited programmes; and/or
- supervising or managing trainee or qualified psychologists working in a range of practice environments
- supervising or managing trainee or qualified PWPs.
Previous experience of participation in quality assurance or governance processes is desirable. This might include:
- external examining experience
- internal or external approval or validation work
- membership of key committees or decision-making groups within your organisation.
If you have other experience that you think is relevant, please let us know.
Our approach and ethos
Our approach is known as accreditation through partnership. We work collaboratively with providers whose programmes we accredit and we see our reviewers as key partners in that process. We balance the need to maintain minimum standards in challenging times with a wish to support and encourage our university partners in building on their strengths where there is an opportunity to do so.
Our reviewers tell us that their involvement in accreditation through partnership gives them valuable insight into different approaches to training the workforce of the future. It offers them the opportunity to network with and learn alongside a diverse range of professional colleagues and provides an avenue for engaging with contemporary issues in training and professional practice.
What sort of work is involved?
Our reviewers work as part of a committee with responsibility for accrediting programmes and enhancing quality. We ask our reviewers to engage in both paper-based reviews of postgraduate programmes, and in one or two-day partnership visits to universities across the UK.
The nature and number of reviews and visits varies each year dependent upon the area of psychology in which your expertise lies. We will work closely with you to ensure that you are able to balance any work you undertake on our behalf with your other commitments.
The majority of our review work is undertaken remotely but we also recognise the need for our reviewers to work together as part of a community. We encourage our members to keep in touch with other reviewers and with the Partnership and Accreditation Team via email and online discussion groups. We also hold face-to-face meetings during the year to provide an opportunity for discussion of key policy and practice issues, and to facilitate peer support and training. We reimburse travel and subsistence expenses for any meetings or visits you attend as part of this role.
How to apply
If you would like to be considered for appointment as a reviewer, visit our current vacancies page and download and complete the application form. Alternatively, you can contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team or call +44 (0)116 252 9563. We can provide you with additional information about the work of our committees.
Please note: you must be signed up to the website and be a Member of the Society to access the above information and forms.
We will select and appoint members on the basis of the skills and experience demonstrated in their application, and will seek wherever possible to achieve a balance of expertise across the reviewer community as a whole.
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