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Asking your views

24 April 2019 | by Chief Executive

Next week BPS members will be receiving an email or a letter, inviting you to participate in an online survey.

This is our membership survey, which an advisory group of psychologists drawn from across the membership  has been working to develop over recent months.

We have now commissioned the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) to conduct the survey for us, and the results will give us the clearest and most detailed picture of our membership, and by extension the psychological workforce, that we have ever had.

The BPS is on a journey to becoming a society which is led by you, our members, and which delivers the change which you all want.

If we’re to make that a reality, however, we need to have a deep understanding of what that actually is, results which we can use to inform and improve our work representing you as a professional body.

It will also give us a robust evidence base that we can take to decision makers and point to in our work to influence policy.

The survey will cover key themes including leadership and management, workload, and diversity, equality and inclusion. It will ask about your career journey to date, and your workplace wellbeing.

It’s been designed with the breadth of our discipline in mind, and it will cross boundaries to touch on all areas of education, practice and research.

As with any survey, its validity and its usefulness depends on the number of responses, so it would be fantastic if as many of you as possible are able to find the time to respond and give us the opportunity to represent you more effectively.

We’re now just one week away from our annual conference, and I’m excited to join members and stakeholders in Harrogate for a two-day event showcasing the best in psychological research.

We’ll also be hearing about the wider research climate, with a particular focus on inequality, one of the great issues facing our society today, and one where psychologists can drive positive change.

I wish everyone traveling to Harrogate a safe journey, and encourage anyone with a question or idea to say hello at the conference. Otherwise, I’m always keen to hear from members, so please feel free to send me an email.

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