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Scottish Branch

Welcome to the Scottish Branch of the British Psychological Society.

The Branch exists to promote and advance Psychology as a whole, but with particular relevance to policy and practice in Scotland. 

Message from the chair...

Psychology is all around us, and has an important part to play in the lives of both individuals and institutions.  We are going through a period of uncertainty linked to Brexit and Independence, and psychologists are actively engaged in helping to understand and explain these big issues. Psychologists help individuals, families, businesses and communities and play a vital role in helping them to prosper and thrive. There are few topics which lie outside of the scope of psychological science and the Branch strives to help ensure that Psychology as a profession and psychologists as professionals are able to influence these big debates and ensure that our discipline and skills are brought to bear. The branch does this through interacting with the Chairs of Divisions in Scotland, and a vital function is working together in identifying and responding to critical issues facing psychologists in Scotland and ensuring that the British Psychological Society’s priorities are translated effectively into our work in Scotland.

As ever, things are not remaining static and the role of the Scottish Branch, and its’ place within the Society is currently evolving.  As many of you know, after being through a Membership Network Review, the role of BPS National Branches has been debated.  The implementation of this review (now entitled the ‘Structural Review’) has been approved by the Trustees and will see some major changes to the how the Branch is structured and how it can help to better serve its’ members in Scotland. The branch will build our relationships with Divisions in Scotland to establish the best ways forward, as well as consulting with the wider group of members in Scotland. It is important that we get this process right, and so we will consult as wide as possible, and move forward through consensus.

Our priorities for the coming year are:

Working towards a consensus regarding proposals for changing the way that the Scottish Branch serves its’ members.

Supporting and championing psychology education in Scotland across all levels.

The 2017 BPS Scotland Undergraduate Conference will be held in March at Edinburgh University. This allows the Society to connect with young psychologists at the early stage of their career, providing personal contacts, skills, and information on being a psychologist – whatever their career destination. 

Developing a Post-graduate Research Student Conference, for late 2017.

Improving our communication through social media and the website

Further developing Psychology Hubs across Scotland which bring psychologists working in a local area together to discuss issues of concern

Our 2017 AGM and Scientific Meeting

The hard work of the Scottish Branch is done by the Members. Everyone has an active role or project they are developing. If you want to get involved or if you have ideas of what we should be doing, let us know!

Dr Scott Hardie
Chair

Email: [email protected]