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Karen Beamish

Membership Matters - June

25 June 2021 | by Karen Beamish

Summer is upon us now, and I hope that everyone is making the most of the fine weather and looking forward to the rest of 2020, in which we can hopefully put the worst of the pandemic behind us.

This blog is my last chance to encourage us for this year’s annual conference, which we’re holding online on 1 and 2 July.

Attendance for both days costs just £80 for a BPS member, with additional discounts available for our student and concession members.

We all hope that this is the last time that we have to hold our annual conference online, and that we can host face-to-face events again soon, but we’ve tried to get together the most exciting programme possible for you, including Friday’s Covid-19 symposia featuring psychologists who have helped to shape society’s response to the pandemic.

On top of the conference, we’ve got lots of webinars and network events coming up over the summer. You can check out a full listing on our website.

I’ve devoted much of my blog this year to keeping you updated on the two big projects that we’ve been working on – our member networks review and membership grades review.

Our external partner Korn Ferry has now reported back on the conversations that they had with members as part of their deep dive into our member networks, and you can find out more about what they’ve learned by watching a new video we’ve produced.

This features Professor Carol McGuinness as chair of the Member Board and members of the member reference group that is leading the project.

The next steps are for us to start putting the suggested changes into place, and there will be many more opportunities for you to get involved in this process during the rest of the year.

Some of the conversations Korn Ferry had with network committees and members were frank, but I believe that honesty is crucial to get us to a place where the BPS and our networks are able to function together as effectively as possible.

We’re now approaching the end of our grades review, and I want to thank everyone who contributed to our first survey and both stages of the consultation – this helped us to develop some suggested amendments which we are now looking for your views on.

The second grades survey is open until the end of June, and I would encourage you to take part in this and help us to make the final proposal perfect ahead of a membership vote on it.

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