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Diversity and Inclusion

The BPS declares its commitment to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and to challenge prejudice and discrimination.

About

The BPS strives to be national and global champion for equality, equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights.

  • Equality means treating people fairly (not necessarily the same), and not treating them unfairly because of reasons protected by discrimination law such as a person's sex, gender identity, sexuality, age or race
  • Equity an approach and a process that recognises the existence of systemic social inequalities and introduces actions to proactively reduce, if not remove, institutional structural and cultural barriers to equal opportunity and inclusion
  • Diversity is about recognising and valuing the differences in the range of people in our workforce and membership, so that we can benefit from having a range of perspectives in decision-making
  • Inclusion means everyone feels valued and that they belong without having to conform. It means that members and employees with different backgrounds, characteristics and ways of thinking feel psychologically safe and are encouraged to come up with different ideas and suggestions, to raise issues, and try new ways of doing things
  • Human rights are basic rights and freedoms afforded to all people in the UK regardless of their nationality or social status. They are not privileges that can be taken away. They are founded on fundamental principles such as dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy
  • Intersectionality is when an individual's race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other characteristics or identities overlap or 'intersect' so that they can be affected by a number of discriminations and disadvantages

Our advisory groups are made up of members from across the domains with expertise in the relevant area and membership has a tenure of 3 years.

These groups are expected to continue long term and keep a watching brief over issues, proving advice to members and staff. They may also produce guidance or similar.

Find out more about our work

Our diverse membership and workforce are a source of strength in developing our services, and building a reputation for inclusivity, creativity and innovation in the delivery of EDI and Human Rights work.

It is our responsibility to protect, influence and uphold the values of human rights, equality, diversity and inclusion within the BPS.

We are fully committed to eliminating unlawful and unfair discrimination and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation of members, employees or contractors who work on behalf of BPS.

Everyone who works for and with BPS has an important part to play in achieving our ambitions and commitments in relation to EDI.

Consult our EDI FAQ page for more information.

Strategic Framework 2021-2022

Strategic Framework

The British Psychological Society is a registered charity, learned society and professional body.

Established more than 120 years ago, we are one of the oldest psychological societies in the world with a diverse and vibrant community of members and subscribers.

At the heart of our organisation is our unwavering focus on the advancement of psychology, pure and applied.

Read our Strategic Framework.

The EDI Board will take an intersectional approach to exploring equality, equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights, and will hold the society to account in fulfilling its duties and obligations..

This approach will include the following protected characteristics both inside and outside of current law: 

  • Age 
  • Race, Culture and Ethnicity 
  • Gender Identity 
  • Religion and Belief 
  • Sexual Orientation 
  • Sex 
  • Pregnancy and Maternity 
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership 
  • Disability, Neurodiversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing 
  • Social Mobility 
  • Care 
  • Human Rights

Read the EDI Board Terms of Reference

For more information please email the Diversity and Inclusion Team.

Members

Dr Adam Jowett

Chair of EDI Board 2022 - 2025

Adam Jowett trustee

Dr Adam Jowett CPsychol AFBPsS is an Associate Head of the School of Psychological, Social & Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University. He has worked in higher education for over a decade including as a Course Director of a BPS accredited programme. 

He has a track record of engaging in EDI activity within his university and has been actively involved in diversifying the curriculum, including through creating a module on gender and sexual diversity that takes an intersectional approach.

His research has focused largely on LGBT+ issues and he led research on conversion therapy commissioned by the UK Government Equalities Office. He is also on the Editorial Board of the journal Psychology & Sexuality.

Adam has served on the committees of BPS Member Networks for over a decade, including as Chair of the Sexualities Section, member of Research Board, member of Senate and as a trustee of the Society. 

He's committed to championing equality, diversity and inclusion, challenging discrimination and bias and working as an ally for all who experience exclusion and inequity.

Professor Allán Laville

Dean for Diversity and Inclusion / Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

Allan Laville

Professor Allán Laville is Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading.

A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, he is also a member of the Scientific Programme Advisory Group for the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, contributing to national CPD for psychological practitioners.

In 2019, Allán won the Reading University Student Union Award for Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence and in 2020, he was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship.

Allán was a finalist in the British Psychological Society and Oxford University Press Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year competition for 2020 and 2022.

Bridgette Rickett

Further information to follow

Dr Denise Miller

Further information to follow

Dr Douglas Martin

Experimental Social Psychologist at the University of Aberdeen School of Psychology

Douglas Martin

Dr Douglas Martin is an experimental social psychologist, in the School of Psychology, at the University of Aberdeen.

Much of his research examines gender stereotypes and the influence they exert on individual people and on society.

Douglas is committed to trying to improve equality and diversity in psychology, Higher Education, and society more generally.

He chaired the School of Psychology EDI committee from 2016-2021, leading the School to two successful Athena SWAN awards.

Douglas is passionate about disseminating psychology research beyond the traditional confines of academe, particularly evidence documenting the influence of social bias.

Eduard Daniel Margarit

Assistant Psychologist within the Children Adolesences Mental Health, Learning Disabilities Services

Eduard Margarit

Eduard is an assistant psychologist within the Children Adolesences Mental Health, Learning Disabilities services and works primarily in a special needs school and within the community.

He is currently studying Children and Young People Mental Health: Psychological Approaches (Ms) at Edinburgh University and graduated from Abertay University where he studied Psychology and Counselling (Bs).

He is the current Chair of the LGBTQIA+ South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust - Staff Network and has a keen interest in sexual orientation and intersectionality. 

Previously he was the Chair of the Student Committee.

Dr Gayle Brewer

Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool

Gayle Brewer

Dr Gayle Brewer is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, with doctorates in both Psychology and Education.

Dr Brewer recently represented the National Association of Disabled Staff Networks at the House of Commons inquiry into Diversity in STEM, has coordinated the Equality Diversity, and Inclusion working group for the QAA Psychology Subject Benchmarking Statement Advisory Group, and published a book on disability in Higher Education.

Jan Smith

Lecturer in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, Chartered Health Psychologist, Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC), BPS Associate Fellow and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Jan Smith

Dr. Jan Smith joined Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) as a Lecturer in Psychology in October 2020. Jan is a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Health Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Jan’s qualifications include the following: PhD in Community Care (2013, University of Kent); Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Applications in Psychology (Newman University College, 2011); MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (2006; University College London); MSc in Health Psychology (2005; University of Westminster) and a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology (University of Kent, 2003).

Jan completed her health psychology practitioner training with the National Health Service (NHS) Education for Scotland (NES) Stage 2 Health Psychology training programme alongside placement support from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Most recently, Jan completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in order to obtain status as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As part of her ongoing commitment to professional development and her interests in enhancing her educational practice skills, Jan is currently specialising in leadership in Higher Education settings through her current Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership studies.

Jan has accumulated over 15 years of postgraduate psychology experience across the United Kingdom (UK). Previous experiences include the application of psychological practices within the NHS and UK universities, along with the third and private sectors.

Jan sits on several EDI Committees and Groups at GCU, including the EDI Champion for the Department of Psychology at GCU. Moreover, Jan supports the BPS as a Committee member for the Division of Health Psychology Scotland and the EDI task force for the Division of Health Psychology.

In summary, Jan has an avid interest in psychology, with particular interests in health psychology, diversity and supporting people living with various vulnerabilities and multi-morbidities. Jan is also passionate about contributing to widening participation agendas in Higher Education and supporting the lived experiences of people from traditionally marginalised and underrepresented communities.

Joanna Homewood

Joanna Hornwood

Jo Homewood is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist by training, with an applied career that spans HM Prison Service, NHS and the Parole Board for England and Wales.

She has been working for the FCDO for c.15 years, and has recently enjoyed engagement in cross-departmental EDI discussions on improving inclusivity in National Security Vetting.

Jo has a longstanding interest in social bias and the ways in which it can impact high stakes decision making, such as Parole decisions.

In recent years, Jo has benefited hugely from reflective courses run by the Tavistock Institute which have illuminated, amongst other issues, personal privilege and its impact on being a consultant.

Jolel Miah

Dr Jolel Miah is a British Born, Bangladeshi individual and a first-generation University Student, who has defied societal expectations and embarked on an inspiring journey of academic and professional achievement including two doctoral qualifications.

Jolel is a Lecturer in Psychology, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Psychologist with a specialisation in Health Psychology, demonstrating his commitment to understanding and addressing the complex factors that influence health and well-being. His research and professional interests lie in examining the barriers that racially and historically excluded communities face in accessing healthcare and education.

Through his work, Jolel aims to shed light on the systemic inequities that perpetuate health disparities and hinder educational opportunities for marginalised communities. By delving into these critical issues, Jolel seeks to contribute to the development of inclusive policies and interventions that promote equality and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Jolel's background and passion for social justice drives his research, advocacy, and commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of marginalized individuals and communities. Through his work, Jolel aims to challenge stereotypes, dismantle barriers, and promote equitable access to healthcare and education.

Max Chamberlain

Further information to follow

Philip McKee

My name is Phil McKee and I currently work in the Financial Services (FS) industry, in the UK. I have been in FS for almost 15 years; my experience includes banking (Retail & Investment) and Consultancy.

I am passionate about equality, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) having developed and deployed a variety of initiatives across a variety of organisational settings.

A recent example that I am particularly proud of was the national rollout of a workshop I created aimed at managers; I believe they are instrumental in embedding ED&I in the workplace.

I completed my Psychology Masters in 2020, my research project explored, via members lived experiences, how membership of Employee Resource Groups (ERG)s affects one's sense of self in the workplace.

This was my first introduction to the field Occupational Psychology but my passion for evidence-based solutions to drive ED&I kick started my OP journey – I hope to eventually become a Chartered OP.

Whilst I am early in my OP career, my practical application of ED&I in complex organisations is broad and something I feel will complement the diverse experiences and backgrounds of the other members of the ED&I Board.

Finally, one non-work-related fact about myself – I am a keen painter. I like the escapism after a long and intense week at work.

Dr Trevor James

Assistant Professor (Education) at Durham University

Trevor James

Dr Trevor James is an Assistant Professor (Education) at Durham University. As a Black British lecturer, he began teaching English in Further Education in 2001.

He started teaching psychology in Higher Education in 2012 and became a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) in 2016.

Prior to joining the University of Durham, Trevor spent 7 years at Newcastle University where he chaired the staff Race Equality Network and contributed to the Race Equality Charter submission. 

Trevor currently sits on the advisory board for the CES Transformation Fund Home - Cultural Evolution Society Transformation Fund and is the lead for the mentoring strand in Project North-East (£2.5m OFS Award for improving access and participation for Black PGR students in North-East universities). 

Dr Varuni Wimalasiri

Lecturer at The School of Business, University of Aberdeen

I am a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and lecturer in Organisational Psychology.

A chartered member of the DOP since 2009 and member of the BPS since 1997, I was also a member of the Division of Occupational Psychology, EDI task and finish group 2020-2021.

I obtained my Phd in Applied (Organisational) Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2007, where I started my research career in Occupational Psychology.

In my current research, I apply principles of psychology to understand how intersectionalities affect women's experiences at work and how hidden, systemic inequalities are created for women in minority and marginalised populations.

My research on intersectionality and hidden inequalities now informs decision makers in organisations and government on diversity practice and policy (i.e. in resettlement but is not exclusive to this area).

I continue to work directly with those populations most affected by inequality wherever possible. I publish work in this area and it has also received support from various sources (e.g. The Big Lottery, ESRC, government, host institutional); primarily it addresses UN's Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality.

My commitment to improving the quality and reach of EDI was first ignited by a period of working directly with women from diaspora populations in the UK and through projects in Sri-Lanka on the agenda of reclaiming vocational lives after war and displacement.

My interests continues to be influenced by my ongoing research in this area but as well my own experiences as a Psychologist from multiple intersectional backgrounds. And knowing first-hand that there are better ways of engendering inequality in systems and society.

Dr Zayba Ghazali-Mohammed

Chartered Psychologist, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Zayba Ghazali-Mohammed

Dr Zayba Ghazali-Mohammed is a Chartered Psychologist, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has held academic positions since 2015 and is a member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP). 

Zayba studied Psychology at the University of Edinburgh before completing her PhD in Developmental Psychology at University College London in 2016. She has worked in various teaching and research posts, and also worked briefly outside academia as a senior analyst in local government and as a consultant for UNESCO. 

Zayba sits on several Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) boards at the University of Glasgow, and in 2021 founded the Race and Equality Network (RaEN) at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience (University of Glasgow) to bring together people of colour and their allies in a safe space to share experiences, foster community, and engage in scholarship around race equality, diversity, intersectionality, and widening participation in higher education.

Meetings and minutes

If you wish to submit something for consideration by the Board please email the Diversity and Inclusion Team as soon as possible.  

Webinars

Beginning to Talk about Diversity and Inclusion in Neuropsychology

Watch Beginning to Talk about Diversity and Inclusion in Neuropsychology, a ground-breaking webinar where honest discussion refreshes the air around these important and sensitive issues.

Talking about diversity among LGBT+ people

Talking about diversity among LGBT+ people was the second webinar in the Presidential Taskforce series on Diversity and Inclusion.

This webinar examined labels and self- identification, as the panel deconstructed mono-sexist views and talked about the effects of discrimination.

The pre-recorded session was hosted by trustee and chair of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section Adam Jowett.

Adam was joined by Dr Helen Driscoll, an evolutionary psychologist and  with research interests including sexuality and sexual behaviour, dark personality, adult play and higher education pedagogy and, and Rusi Jaspal,  a professor of psychology at Nottingham Trent University and a fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Professor Jaspal is an ambassador for the Honour Abuse Research Matrix in recognition of his research into forced marriage in British South Asian communities and author of more than one hundred journal articles and book chapters, many of which focus on identity among LGBT people and ethnic minorities.

The live discussion was hosted by Nasreen Fazal-Short, chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Presidential Taskforce.

Decolonising the curriculum

Decolonising the curriculum was the third webinar in the presidential Taskforce series on Diversity and Inclusion. 

This webinar examined how decolonisation can re- appropriate cultural ideas of people that were subverted by colonial history. We examined what is being taught, how it is being taught and what is missing. We asked questions about who's voice isn't being heard and how do we bring those voices to the forefront.

Decolonising the curriculum is not about moving or dumping what is being taught presently, it's about creating space and introducing multiple voices set to enrich and empower the curriculum as well as continue the long journey of  decolonising the mind.

The pre-recorded session was hosted by Dr Patrick Hylton.

In addtion to his position of senior lecturer at Lincoln University, Patrick has produced numerous articles for publication.

In association with former colleages Debbie Weekes Bernard and Tina Ramkalawan he created one of the first Black psychology modules in the UK in the late 1990's, which was taught at Nottingham Trent University.

One of Patrick's most notable works, Now that we found love what are we going to do with it?, is a narrative understanding of Black identity and  was published in the Theory and Psycolology Journal.

For the pre-recorded session Patrick was joined by Dr Udeni Salmon and Dr Michele Perry-Springer.

Dr Udeni Salmon is part of an interdisciplinary team working on creating a dynamic and interactive web-based platform aimed at accelerating meaningful changes in attitude and behaviour towards diversity, and facilitating inclusive research environments across the sector. Udeni' s subject specialisms and research interests are concerned with how power manifests itself in organisational relationships. She uses intersectionality, critical race theory, black feminist theory and Pierre Bourdieu's "thinking tools" to theoretically inform her work. She writes in the areas of family firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, and modern slavery.

Dr Michele Perry-Springer is an educator with 25 years' experience and many of those years have been with work and support to children young people with learning disabilities. She is also the president of the Association of Black Psychologists and is actively developing significant work within the black communities introducing psychological frameworks based on African traditions.

Michele has worked as an Educational Psychologist for the past 15 years, working within schools to support the needs of children both in mainstream and specialist settings. Committed to helping to remove barriers to learning and to narrowing the gap for children and young people who are disadvantaged by their circumstances Michele's specialism is working with children and young people in care and those who have been adopted.

The live panel was hosted by Presidential taskforce chair Dr Nasreen Fazal-Short.

Alongside the webinar speakers Nasreen was joined by:

  • Malcolm Phillips, a board member of the UK Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.  He has spent more than 30 years developing and managing mental health and counselling services for Black communities in the NHS, local authorities and in the voluntary sector. He was the founder and chair of Safoa, the National African and Caribbean mental Health Network and with Pattigift African Centred Therapy Service delivers a Diploma in Black Psychology and African-Centred Therapy. 

  • Layne Whittaker, an undergraduate psychology student at the Open University, graduating in 2021.She work as a British Sign Language Interpreter, making sure members of the Deaf community have equal access, and ultimately aims to complete an MSc in Occupational psychology focusing on Diversity and inclusion. Layne is a member of the taskforce

  • Simon Goodman, a senior lecturer in psychology who uses discursive psychology to address a number of issues. Simon specialises on the ways in which potentially prejudicial arguments against asylum seekers as well as issues around race and racism.

  • Laura Kilby, a Reader in social psychology based at Sheffield Hallam University. As a critical social psychologist her primary research interests centre upon examining relationships between power, discourse and the construction of marginalised identities and marginalised groups. Laura is a member of the taskforce

  • Fabianna Dennis, a 2nd year psychology and behavioural sciences undergraduate student at Cambridge University. Fabianna recently featured in a BBC documentary called Being Black at Cambridge.

Talking about intellectual disability and double discrimination

In this webinar we will be talking to experts by lived experience about intersectionality and intellectual disability.

We will also hear from psychologists exploring how double discrimination needs to be addressed through psychological practice.

Exploring barriers to men talking about their mental health

There are many mental health statistics that point to men's mental health as an area of heightened concern. There is also significant amount of men's mental health that goes simply unreported.

The Office for National Statistics shows that in quarter three of 2020, there were 16.3 deaths per 100,000 males (992 deaths registered) and 5.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 females (342 deaths registered); these rates are similar to rates observed in the same quarter in previous years.

In this webinar we unpack what the barriers are to men talking about their mental health, and what can psychology do to support men in coming forward and receiving appropriate timely and well-considered treatments.

Talking about class in psychology: the seen and the unseen

This is the sixth in the series of webinars from the presidential taskforce on diversity and inclusion.

This month we are going to be talking about how social mobility and class impacts psychology, looking at places of privilege and disempowerment and take a deeper dive into what this means, how it relates to psychology and what can be done to widen pathways and increase access.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Will Curvis
  • Sarah St Ledger
  • Dr Ben Campbell
  • Amy Goddard
  • Dr Nasreen Fazal-Short
  • Dr Cathy Amore
  • Leah Sharkah
  • Dr Debra Malpass
  • Helena Vine

Tackling racism across psychological professions

This seventh webinar in the series from the presidential taskforce on diversity and inclusion looked at how we tackle racism across various psychological professions.

Examining the spaces where structural racism sits, this important discussion took place across all psychological professions and examined what the professions need to do to challenge racism, increase awareness and foster inclusivity.

The live discussion was held on a global platform with the inclusion of the American Psychological Association, The European Federation of Psychologists' Associations as well as key figures influential figures within the UK.

In the pre-record we heard from:

  • Adrian Whittington  -  National Lead for Psychological Professions, NHS England
  • Nasreen Fazal –Short – chair of the presidential taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Michelle Brooks-Ucheaga is a lecturer and a programme lead at the University of Derby and co-author of the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) positive practice guide published in 2019
  • Dr Alan Kessedjian – chair of DCP task and finish group for race culture ethnicity and anti-racism,
  • Dr Mvikeli Ncube a social psychologist and speaker on anti-racist practice.
Speakers on live discussion
Dr Y. Evie Garcia, PhD - President (2020-2022) Division 45 American Psychological Association

Associate Professor and Doctoral Training Director Dr. Garcia has a PhD in Counselling Psychology and is the Chief Diversity Officer for APA  working on advancing EDI across the association, the field of psychology and society.
Dr Garcia sits on The Council of National Psychology Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) which collaborates with other ethnic minority associations in training of Leadership Fellows.

Dr Faisal Mahmood

Dr Mahmood is a UKCP registered individual and group gestalt psychotherapist, BACP accredited counsellor and UKCP approved clinical supervisor. Currently, he works as a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at Newman University (Birmingham) heading up post graduate programmes (MSc & Advance Diploma) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (UKCP accredited). He has over 20 years of clinical experience.

Dr Lizann Bonnar

Dr Bonnar Is a doctor of philosophy and has a PhD in Psychology. Working at Strathclyde university Lizann is a member of the under-graduate training committee (UEC) for the BPS and is leading the working group on equality diversity and Inclusion for the UEC, and is also looking at decolonisation of the curriculum.  Dr Bonnar is also a programme reviewer for the UEC, and visits accredited programs across the UK to ensure they meet with the BPS's standards.

Michelle Brooks-Ucheaga

Michelle is a lecturer and a programme lead at the University of Derby.  She is an elected Trustee and sits on the Board of Trustees for the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) which is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland.  Michelle is a co-author of the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) positive practice guide published in 2019.   Michelle is also a peer reviewer for both the Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Journal and the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist Journal and also sits on the Editorial Board for the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist journal.

Professor David Gillborn – professor of critical race studies . Editor in chief of the journal Race Ethnicity and  Education

David's research focuses on race inequalities in education, especially the role of racism as a changing and complex characteristic of the system. He has written 6 books and more than 140 refereed articles, chapters and reports that range from original studies in classrooms and with teachers, through national reviews of research evidence in the field, to analyses of the changing policy landscape internationally. He is closely associated with the approach known as 'Critical Race Theory' and, in 2012, received the Derrick Bell Legacy Award; the highest honour possible from the US-based Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA).  

Emeritus professor Suman Fernando

Formerly a consultant psychiatrist in Enfield Middlesex for over twenty years, Suman is Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences at London Metropolitan University. He is known for his work in researching and presenting transcultural psychiatry a critical approach to the Eurocentric system from a 'race' and culture perspective, and his writing on how institutional racism is embedded in these disciplines when practiced in western countries. Suman has lectured extensively in Canada, the UK, and other parts of Europe on issues of 'race' and culture in psychiatry and latterly on mental health development in non-European settings including Sri Lanka, his country of origin.

Suman's last two books are: Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology (2017); and co-edited Global Psychologies; Mental Health in the Global South (2018). Read more

Ulrike De Ponte

Scientific director for Psychology at the department of applied natural sciences and cultural studies OTH Regensburg Germany. convenor of the Board on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity from the European federation of Psychologists – the umbrella organisation leading the federation of 38 member associations from 38 European countries. EFPA 's mission is to promote the development, dissemination and application of psychology in all its forms, and to contribute to shaping a humane society in Europe and beyond.

The live discussion was hosted by Dr Nasreen Fazal-Short.

Challenging disability - embracing human diversity

Becoming a psychologist can be challenging in itself without the added hurdles that may be presented by the discipline if you are a disabled person.

Speaking to several experts by experience we will examine issues around disability by talking to psychologists with lived experience across a range of issues, including whether we need a much greater societal shift on how we view disability and whether diversity initiatives are really enough to create an inclusive society.

The discussion will consider and debate intersectional issues around disability from a psychological perspective as well as looking at how we can move forwards in certain areas to create equal opportunities and fairness across the board.

How to implement anti-racist practice

This ninth webinar in the series from the presidential taskforce on diversity and inclusion is a step on from our seventh webinar when we looked at how we tackle racism across various psychological professions.

Having examined the spaces where structural racism sits, we now look at how to implement anti-racist practice.

We will highlight the discussions that need to be had and look at the biased beliefs, attitudes and opinions that may sit within these spaces.

Contacting the EDI Team - Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get in touch with the EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) Team?

You can contact the EDI Team by sending an email to [email protected].

What is the role of the EDI Team?

The EDI Team is responsible for promoting and supporting equality, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within the BPS.

We work towards fostering an inclusive environment for all members and staff.

Are complaints handled by the EDI Team?

Complaints go through our Complaints Team at [email protected].

If your complaint relates to EDI, the Complaints Team will forward your concerns to the EDI team. 

Where should I direct complaints related to university matters?

If your complaint relates to current study on a university course, please contact your university complaints team in the first instance.

If you have already completed this step, we advise you seek help from the University regulatory body in your nation.

We are unable to resolve complaints relating to university policies, teaching, admissions, or procedures.

What type of issues can I discuss with the EDI Team?

The EDI Team is here to address a wide range of issues related to equality, diversity, and inclusion within the psychological workforce or society.

I want to get involved with the EDI initiatives. How can I contribute?

Please get in touch with the EDI Team to express your interest, and they will provide information on available opportunities for involvement.

How long does it take to receive a response from the EDI Team after contacting them?

The response time may vary depending on the complexity of the issue and the volume of enquiries.

However, the EDI Team strives to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

Can I contact the EDI Team if I have a suggestion for improving diversity and inclusion at the BPS?

Absolutely! The EDI Team welcomes suggestions and ideas, email [email protected].

Please remember that this FAQ page is intended to provide general information.

For specific concerns or inquiries, we encourage you to contact the respective teams mentioned above.