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The 1st British Psychological Society Midlands Conference, 2018

03 September 2018 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
This event is free and is open to both BPS members and to the general public. Registration is required.
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This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

We are delighted to announce that the 1st BPS Midlands Conference at Birmingham City University will take place on Monday 3 September 2018.

This one day event has something for everyone, bringing together students, researchers, and practicing psychologists from across the midlands for a day of inspiration, expertise, and opportunities.

This conference is suitable for: academics, practitioners, trainee psychologists and scientists, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and individuals interested in psychology.

Join the conversation: #MidBPSConf2018

Please see the programme tab for further details and how to make a submission.

Birmingham City University,
Curzon Building,
4 Cardigan Street,
B4 7BD

There is no parking facilities at Birmingham City University.

For further details on parking please visit https://www.bcu.ac.uk/about-us/maps-and-campuses/city-centre-campus/map-and-directions

The programme and abstracts booklet is now available for download

Dr Richard Bennett

Dr Richard Bennett works as a Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. He worked in physical and mental health services in the NHS for over 20 years as both an Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologist, before setting up Think Psychology, which is an independent psychology practice offering, therapy, supervision, training, and expert witness services. Richard is also an active committee member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS) UK and Ireland Chapter and the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) ACT Special Interest Group.

In addition to his clinical experience, Richard has extensive experience of teaching and training. He is a Senior Academic Tutor in CBT within the psychology department the University of Birmingham, where he leads the Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity CBT, training NHS staff to work in IAPT services. He has trained and supervised a wide range of healthcare professionals across the UK, as well as overseas. He is recognised as a BABCP accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, and as an ACBS Peer-reviewed ACT trainer. He is also the co-editor of the book, “Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in Sport and Exercise”, published by Routledge in 2017.

Dr Sarah Seymour Smith

Dr Sarah Seymour-Smith was awarded her PhD in 2004. After a research fellowship at the Open University she was employed as a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University where she is now a senior lecturer. Sarah’s research focuses mainly on masculinities in a variety of contexts including men’s health and male sex offender identities. Sarah was awarded the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Mid-Career Award for Excellence in 2017 and has a profile of external grant capture and publications in high esteemed peer reviewed journals.

Submission deadline is midnight on Monday 16 July 2018 (extended)

PLEASE NOTE that by submitting a proposal does not book you a place to attend the conference. 

Structure for all submissions

The abstract should be 200 - 250 words (maximum 300 words) in length exclusive of title. It should not include references and should be written in either the past or present tense. Abstracts of accepted papers may appear in The Proceedings of the British Psychological Society which are published online.

Abstracts should be structured according to formats, incorporating the indicated headings and information:

  • Objectives: State the primary objective of the paper and the major hypothesis tested or research question posed.

  • Design: Describe the design of the study and the rationale for the procedures adopted (if appropriate.

  • Methods: Describe how participants were selected and number of participants (if documentary data used, state how these were selected), materials employed (if appropriate), methods of data collection and analysis.

  • Results: Include numerical and/or textual data.  This should be kept to a minimum. For qualitative analyses briefly describe your findings (eg, themes, categories, discourses identified).

  • Conclusions: State the conclusions that can be drawn from the study, including theoretical, methodological, or applied/policy implications as appropriate and any key limitations of the study.

Additional requirements for all submissions:

Submissions must also include explicit confirmation that the convenor and authors/co-authors understand and adhere to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

Presentations guidelines

  • Oral presentations will be for 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes for questioning and the atmosphere is always very positive and supportive. (Five minutes is allowed between presentations to enable students to move between rooms.) 

  • Posters should be A1 size (841 mm (h) x 594 mm (w)) and in portrait orientation and should include the name with which you registered for the conference

  • 5-minute challenge

Submitting as a group

If you are submitting as group to present, please complete the online submissions form online only once and put all the names of the presenters on the form. All individuals must also register individually to attend the conference.

Further submission information

Authors of all material submitted must confirm adherence to the British Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting 'Midlands Conference 2018' at:

Alternatively telephone during office hours on +44 (0) 116 252 9515 stating the name and date of the event.


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