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The Midlands Conference 2019

03 September 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This event is free and is open to both BPS members and to the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Following on from the success of last year, the BPS East and West Midlands branches are delighted to announce the return of the joint Midlands Conference!

This free to attend, one-day event has something for everyone and will bring together academics, students, researchers, practicing psychologists and anyone with an interest in psychology from across the midlands for a day of inspiration, expertise, and opportunities.

What to expect:

  • Keynotes
  • Oral presentations, posters, 5 minute challenge
  • Round table discussion
  • Careers exhibition / networking
  • Psychology in the pub

Join the conversation:

  • #BPSMids19
  • @BPSEastMids
  • @BPSWestMids 

Derby Enterprise Centre
Bridge Street

Event Location: 


Marc Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a registered Sport Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council). His work focuses on understanding the impact of stress on health, wellbeing and performance, effective leader-follower interactions, and behaviour change in individuals and organisations. In particular, the work he has conducted on cardiovascular reactivity under stress has generated a great deal of interest. The protocols he and colleagues have developed for the assessment and training of stress responses and enhancing performance have been utilised by professional athletes, sports teams, businesses, education and the military.

Niko Kargas is a Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Lincoln and director of the Autism Research and Innovation Centre. His main research focus is on understanding the role of sensory perception in the expression of autistic behaviours and abilities and how these influence functional life. Niko uses his research for developing innovative accessible services and for creating engagement-assisted interventions. His goal is to promote an inclusive society by creating easy to implement and effective person-centred approaches to assist professionals across Education and Health and Social Services for enriching the life quality of people with hidden disabilities (such as autism) and their families.

Deadline for Submissions 23 June

Please note: The BPS Midlands conference is very happy to accept abstracts for planned or ongoing research. For the designated headings, that you do not have final information please add TBC.

Reminder: Submitting a proposal does not book you a place to attend the conference.  Please also register your attendance.

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 - These will be for 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes for questions and the atmosphere is always very positive and supportive.
  • 5 minute challenge -These presentations will be short (5 minutes), where the emphasis is on presenting new research and ideas in a dynamic and succinct presentation. This format is ideal for early career presenters, or more experienced presenters who might want to get across work in development in a shorter presentation format. The goal is to adopt an energetic approach that captures the interest of a broad audience. 
  • Posters: These 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.

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.


The conference will be held at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre. Located in the heart of the East Midlands, the venue is just minutes from Derby train station and only a short distance from the M1 and East Midlands Airport.

By Car: For driving directions, view PDF iconPDF of Enterprise Centre Directions. Free onsite parking is available.

By Rail: The closest train station id Derby train station; this is approximately 2.5 mils from the Enterprise Centre and will take 10-15 minutes in a taxi. Alternatively, you can catch the Number 6 Unibus (view here for bus timetable) which departs from outside the main entrance of the train station and will take you to the Bridge Street bus stop, directly outside the venue. A single trip will cost £2

By Air: The closest airport is East Midlands, located just 15 miles from the Enterprise Centre. This should take around 25 minutes by car. Alternatively, Derby Skyline operate a 4 hour bus service, picking up directly outside the terminal building and dropping of at the Derby Bus Station. This service runs every 30 minutes during the day.

By Bus: PDF iconPlease have a look at the Bus service provider



Registration information

Clicking on the register button will take you to the BPS sign in page - please sign in using your usual BPS membership number and password. 

If you don't yet have an account, you can create an account via this link: 

Once you have signed in, click on this event to register and you should be able to complete the form and add to basket.

If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting 'Midlands conference - 3 September' at: 

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

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