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London & Home Counties Branch: 2011

The London and Home Counties Branch is the largest of the Society’s regional branches, serving more than 11,000 members. Now in its sixth year of operation, the Branch has continued to develop its programme of events designed to expand on and further the interests of both full and graduate members who are working and studying within the field of psychology. 

This year, we responded to demand by developing more events aimed towards students. We increased the number of career and research talks once again and will be adding an additional number of talks over the next year.  We also ran several events for postgraduates, including the Research Students Symposium, which was aimed at the various stages students and new graduates are in while conducting psychological research. Additionally, the networking event for students aimed at linking together applicants for Counselling and Clinical psychology courses was a big success. 

We also ran the second successful undergraduate prize competition. Heads of Department were once again asked to put forward their best students, who then designed a poster on the designated theme. We congratulate the first and second prize-winners who will present their posters at the Annual Conference in April 2012. 

We continue to run free evening talks for members. The free talks have ranged in content, including groups and bystander behaviour, the association between childhood trauma and antisocial personality disorder, aggression and violent crime among adult males with severe mental illness, and staged violence, ethics and technology. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful speakers we have had volunteer their time and expertise over the last year during the free evening talks. Furthermore, we are always seeking out new and interesting speakers for upcoming events and invite all members interested in presenting at one of our talks to please get in touch. 

Over the past year, we have taken part in the Psychology for All Conference, supported Headquarters in planning the Annual Conference in 2012 and are in the planning stages for the 2013 Psychology for All Conference. Additionally, we continued to develop events geared towards increasing member involvement.  Over the last year, we have held numerous events that have focused on recruiting new members and volunteers, with over fifty interested volunteers expressing interest in getting more involved in 2012. 

Finally, the committee would like to extend an invitation for members to get more involved through volunteering at specific events, mentoring new volunteers, or by joining the committee. For more information, please visit the website. 

Thank you again to all of the London and Home Counties’ committee members, the staff at the BPS Headquarters and the event volunteers that have graciously given their time, energy, and ideas over the last year. We are very much looking forward to a great 2012.

Jacqueline Rappoport, Chair