Looking back at 2011

For the Society, 2011 has been a year of celebration as we marked our 110 year anniversary. It also has been a year of development with a number of projects being launched to promote excellence and ethical practice in the science, education and practical applications of psychology.

One major milestone was the first phase of the new website redesign and launch. Feedback from users indicates that our aim to share information more easily with those who visit our site has been successful.

The Psychologist has continued to evolve and expand and now is available to download on Kindle. The Psychologist team are planning a major web development in 2012 which will see the magazine come to life in an online format.

This year has also seen the launch of the Occupational Digest. This new blog and email builds upon the success of the Society’s Research Digest, which reached its 200th issue.

The BPS Learning Centre has continued to grow, delivering over 80 CPD workshops in 2011.  One highlight of the programme has been the delivery of a series of e-learning modules to raise awareness of adult autism. The modules are designed for a range of learners, including members of the public. In 2012, the BPS Learning Centre will be redeveloping their myCPD system.

Our Conference Team have had a successful year, producing a wide range of events including our Annual Conference in Glasgow. Next year at the Annual Conference, the Society will create a celebration of all that is great about British psychology in this landmark year for London.  In addition to the core programmes, the conference will draw together the events of the Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology, the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section and the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology.

Our Psychological Testing Centre (PTC) launched its Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) in September.  For the first time the Register is accessible for members of the public to check if an individual holds one of the Society’s qualifications in test use. 

The Press Centre has been busy promoting psychology through the use of different communication channels. This year has seen the Society join Facebook and Twitter.

Funding was increased for the 2011 public engagement grants. Through these grants we aim to help members promote the relevance of evidence-based psychology to wide audiences through a variety of communications activities.

A substantial amount of work has been undertaken to update our literature on careers and membership. In addition, our new Subscriber grades have been launched for anyone who is interested in psychology but do not meet our qualification requirements for membership. These are Affiliate, Subscriber, and e-Subscriber.

As part of our ongoing commitment to enhance the benefits of membership, the Board of Trustees has agreed to subscribe to EBSCO on behalf of our members, providing online access to 540 full-test peer-reviewed journals, plus 23 other full-text titles, all indexed and abstracted.  This is a valuable addition to the free online access to our BPS Journals plus content from 32 Wiley-Blackwell publications.

In response to requests from members, in March we were pleased to announce a new service on offer from the Society: CRB checks for practitioners in England and Wales. This service proved very popular and an equivalent service for our members in Scotland was launched in September.

The Society’s Boards have continued to advance the psychological knowledge and its application.

The Professional Practice Board published “Obesity in the UK: A psychological perspective; Guidelines on the use of Electronic Health Records and revised guidance for aspirant Approved Clinicians.” 

The Research Board launched the Society’s new Human Code of Ethics and Conduct in April; and after working in partnership with the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments and the Experimental Psychology Society, hosted the launch of the ESRC International Benchmarking Report on Psychology. 

The Psychology Education Board has consolidated its work in the promotion of psychological science in education at events such as the Association of Science Education and the Festival of Science.  The Board has continued to support excellence in psychology education via their award schemes.

Next year we are hoping that our hard work and dedication to psychology will continue. Including the new Subscriber grades, our membership database has the highest number of records ever at around 50,000.

Many of our members contribute their time and expertise to support the Society’s work. We would like to thank you for your ongoing support and wish you a very happy 2012.