Psychology of Education Section Conference 2023

13 September 2023 - 14 September 2023
  • Education
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Psychology of Education Section

The Annual Psychology of Education Section conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners with interests in the application of psychology to all stages and types of education to meet, present research findings, and engage in scholarly discussion.

We welcome researchers and practitioners at all stages of their careers to join us, and in particular, provide a friendly and supportive environment for doctoral students and early career researchers to present and discuss their work.

The conference theme in 2023 is: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity, in Educational Psychology Research and Practice.

The event will be held at Liverpool John Moores University:

LJMU Student Life Building
Copperas Hill
L3 5AJ

This year we have keynotes on this theme from Dr Jessica De-Cuir Gunby, Dr Edward Sosu, and the 42nd Vernon-Wall lecture will be delivered by Ann Dowker.

We would be delighted to accept submissions for the conference on the theme of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity, as well as submissions concerning the psychology of education more generally.



Registration is online only and payable by card, we are unable to accept registrations over the phone and invoices cannot be provided.

Registration Fees (incl. 20% VAT)

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2 Day Rates
BPS Member £198
Non BPS Member £222
Concession £174
PES Member £186
1 Day Rates
BPS Member £102
Non BPS Member £114
Concession £90
PES Member  £96
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Returning Customers (Members and non-members)

In order to register for the event, you will need to sign in using your BPS website log in details.

We have implemented a new Membership Database (CRM) recently and if you haven't received your pre-registration email please contact [email protected] to request a re-send and follow the instructions received.

Once pre-registered on the CRM use your user name and password to log in to register for the event.

Non-returning customers (Members and non-members)

If you are not a returning customer, you will need to create a free account.

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Key Submission Dates

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16 September 2022

Online submission system opens

3rd April 2023

Registration opens

31 May 2023

The deadline for Symposia, Oral Presentations, Workshop and Poster submissions

9 June 2023

Deadline for doctoral bursary applications

30 June 2023

Notification of submission outcomes for Symposia, Oral Presentations and Posters

15 July 2023

Notification of outcomes for doctoral bursary applications

1 September 2023

Deadline for registration

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Authors are strongly advised to register on the on-line submission system and begin preparing their submissions well in advance of the following deadlines

If you wish to submit more than one abstract, please complete individual submissions for each.

How to Submit

Please ensure you read the submission guidelines below before submitting, including the reviewer guidelines. These allow you to see how your submissions will be reviewed.

Please make your submissions via  the online application portal by clicking the 'Make a Submission' button below. You will need to create an account if this is your first time submitting.

Make a submission - symposia

Make a submission - all other types

If you any queries about submissions please contact us at [email protected].


We are pleased to provide you with a free accommodation booking service through Liverpool Convention Bureau.

This is a flexible service which allows you to book accommodation to suit your needs and budget. Special rates have been negotiated at a number of hotels close to the conference venue.

Find out more and book your stay here

As rooms and rates are guaranteed until 1st August 2023 it is advisable to book accommodation early.

After this date it may not be possible to book rooms at special rates for selected hotels.

If you wish to make a group booking, or you are experiencing any difficulties in completing your booking online, please contact the Liverpool Convention Bureau team via email: [email protected].

The exclusive rates are only available when booked via Liverpool Convention Bureau.

Guidance for bursary applicants

The British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section, will offer a number of bursaries for students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who have had a poster or paper accepted for presentation at our annual conference.

Applicants need to be members of the British Psychological Society, members of the Psychology of Education Section, and must be registered as a student at a Higher Education Institution. 

Details on how to join the Society can be found by visiting

Find out more about joining the society

Submit an application to join the section here

Bursaries will offer a 50% reduction in the conference fee for delegates choosing to attend the full two-day conference.

Please send a letter of application along with confirmation of your student status (e.g., a letter from your supervisor), by email to the PES Secretary Lucy James ([email protected])  with 'PES bursary application' in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 16:00 on 09 June 2023.

Dr Jessica DeCuir-Gunby - "Why We Can't Wait": The Urgency for Educational Psychology to Talk About Race 

Jessica DeCuir-Gunby is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education (US). Formerly, she served as faculty at NC State University (US) for nearly 20 years. Her research interests include the impact of race and racial identity development on the educational experiences of African Americans, emotions and coping related to racism, critical race theory, and mixed methods research. She is an associate editor for the Review of Educational Research and currently serves on the editorial board for Contemporary Educational Psychology and Educational Psychologist. She is an American Psychological Association Fellow for Division 15 (Educational Psychology) and was recently elected as the Vice President of Division 15, which is in the presidential line.

Dr Edward Sosu - The dynamics of socioeconomic disadvantage: How and why does this influence educational and developmental outcomes across the life course?

Dr Sosu is a Reader in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He has a strong interest in quantitative methods and in addressing educational issues from a psychological perspective. His research is predominantly focused on exploring how socioeconomic disadvantage influences educational and psychological trajectories across the life course, and what policy responses are needed to improve outcomes across all ages.

Dr Ann Dowker - 42nd Vernon Wall Lecture: What factors influence mathematics anxiety - Gender, age and culture?

Ann Dowker is University Research Lecturer at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford and a College Lecturer in Psychology at St Hilda's and Keble Colleges, Oxford. She carries out research on many aspects of developmental psychology and individual differences, and on how these relate to education. She has a particular interest in mathematical development, mathematical difficulties and disabilities, and mathematics anxiety She is the lead researcher on the Catch Up Numeracy intervention project, and is a collaborator with several research groups, including the ESRC-funded Centre for Early Mathematics Learning. As well as publishing many academic articles, she has edited or co-edited four books relating to mathematical cognition, and is author of 'Individual Differences in Arithmetic: Implications for Psychology, Neuroscience and Education' (Psychology Press, 2005; 2nd edition, 2019).

Walking tour

Heritage, History and Culture: Liverpool Walking Tour

Join us on Tuesday 12th September on a walking tour which will weave its way through historical streets of Liverpool passing by the city's iconic buildings, architecture and locations, including many that are often over-looked.

The tour will be led by an expert and passionate-about-Liverpool local guide who will share great stories and information bringing to life the rich culture & history of the city. The group will hear about links to the Titanic story, Slave trade, the Beatles and modern culture, along with many intriguing facts about the city.

The easy paced tour will be interesting, memorable and fun with fantastic photo opportunities.

Cost: FREE

Capacity: Please note spaces on the walking tour are limited to 30 spaces and offered on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to attend the walking tour please select 'attend walking tour' during your registration for the conference.

Timings: Meet at 6.15pm with the tour finishing at 8pm. The tour will take place on two groups of fifteen.

Start Location: Meet & greet outside the LJMU Student Life Building.

Finish Location: the tour will end close to Mathew Street, Liverpool.

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