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Student Membership

Student membership is open to everyone studying on a BPS accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course.

As a Student Member you get:

  • access to both digital and physical copies of The Psychologist and PsychTalk

  • membership to your local branch, providing you with networking opportunities and valuable information for your studies

  • access to the BPS Student online community where you can engage, interact and network with other psychology students as well as learn from industry professionals

  • exclusive discounts on books, events, and e-learning

  • free online access to the society's archive of academic journals

  • the chance to transfer to graduate membership free of charge after completing your undergraduate degree or conversion course

View the full range of benefits available to Student Members.
 

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Fees

You can join as a Student Member for as little as £26.

The society’s subscription year runs from January to December and future subscription payments are due in January regardless of when you first joined. A full year’s subscription is always required upon admission to membership.

If you join between:

  • January – June: you will be charged the yearly rate which will all be allocated to this year’s subscription.
  • July – September: you will be charged the yearly rate but half the payment will be carried forward reducing the amount due from you for the following year.
  • October – December: your full payment will be allocated to the following year.

Payment

There are a number of ways you can pay your subscription

  • Online card payment (preferred)
  • Bank transfer
  • By phone
  • Cheque or postal orders

The BPS Student Committee represents student members of the society in matters pertaining to education and discipline specific policy.

We promote national communication between the student members and through the annual student conference as well as through international links with psychology students and associations world-wide via the European Federation of Psychology Student's Association (EFPSA).

We also organise a range of events throughout the year, such as seminars and networking opportunities, and are responsible for the publication of the PsychTalk magazine.

Current Student Committee

Samantha Gibb is currently a finalist in Applied Psychology at the University of Durham. Broadly interested in social psychology, her current emphasis is in psychoneuroendocrinology and fetal research.

As a student, Sam has reviewed psychology texts for Oxford University Press, and now has ties with ACAMH (The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health) journals.

As chair-elect (2018/19), Sam led the committee’s stream at the BPS Annual Conference in Harrogate, and together with PsyPag (The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group) wishes to expand student engagement at these conferences.

As student chair, Sam also sits on the BPS Standing Conference Committee and is Member Organisation President of the EFPSA (European Federation of Psychology Students Associations) where her duties involve representing all psychology undergraduates in the UK.

She hopes to use these community ties to assist the undergraduate journey toward postgraduate affairs, and foster opportunities with international psychology associations, and is excited at the prospect of overseeing the transformational change this new committee can bring us, and not only encourages but implores your input.

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Eduard Margarit is currently studying Psychology and Counselling at Abertay University.

He previously graduated from London Metropolitan with a BA in Fashion Marketing and Business Management. However, four years after his graduation, Eduard decided to return to his humanistic interest and study psychology.

Eduard has a keen interest in neuropsychology and abnormal psychology, and his current goal is to be a Chartered Neuropsychologist.

Eduard joined the committee with the hope that he can create more academic and social opportunities for all of the psychology students across the UK. He feels that a stronger sense of community can be achieved by the current committee and therefore enhance the student experience.

Alan Willis is currently in year two of a BSc Honours degree at Teesside University.

A mature student who was fortunate enough to retire early from a very rewarding career in the oil and gas industry, Alan has long been fascinated at how powerful psychology can be and how little people understand how it impacts decision making.

Alan aims to support the current chair (and any other committee member) in any way he can. He wants to offer the committee members his wealth of commercial experience, knowledge of business best practice, and many years of people management.

Rianna Javier is a final-year Forensic Psychology student at the University of Portsmouth, where she also serves as a a university ambassador and peer adviser for the student union.

Although her goal is to become a qualified forensic psychologist, she is also interested in educational psychology and clinical psychology, and, to achieve this goal, Rianna intends to apply for a postgraduate course and focus on gaining work experience in a forensic setting.

As a member of the committee, she aims to spread awareness about the BPS and notify students of the organisation’s work. Rianna proposes a focus on higher student engagement in events and online platforms and wants to liaise with more psychology departments.

Natasha White is just going into her final year at Middlesex University, and this is her 3rd year as an ordinary committee member.

She is hoping to go down the clinical psychology route, and at the moment, her main interests are around trauma, complex trauma, and PTSD/cPTSD in chronic illness and rare disease patients.

Natasha currently also works as an honorary assistant with the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies alongside her final year, as well as keeping involved in the Law Commission review on UK hate crime laws, and, outside of psychology, she loves playing wheelchair basketball and watching musical theatre shows.

Hannah Whitfield is a 3rd year student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, working towards obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Hannah is currently interested in forensic psychology and ideally, plans to move back to the USA at the end of her degree and gain a master's degree and a PhD in clinical psychology in California.

She is currently working towards finding a volunteer research position at university to gain experience in researching.

She decided to join the committee because she believes that the BPS is a really important resource for students which provides resources and networking opportunities that will be useful for our future careers, and one of her primary goals is to increase knowledge of and participation within BPS events, specifically in St Andrews.

Sophie Worrall is currently a 2nd/3rd year student at the University of Derby Online Learning. This program makes it possible for her to determine the rate at which she studies as well as having flexibility of hours, while still gaining Graduate Based Chartership with the BPS.

Sophie’s overall aspiration in psychology is to become a clinical psychologist. So far, she has been involved in writing a published research project about revenge pornography, attending BPS Midlands and North-West Conferences, and also Liverpool Aspiring Psychologists Group meetings which she describes as rewarding.

This year, Sophie hopes to raise awareness of EFPSA’s Mind the Mind (MtM) campaign and collate a group of volunteers to take this psychoeducation into schools and groups across the UK. She will also be representing the UK in Slovenia and Ireland at the EFPSA events during this academic year..

Daniel Memarpour Hobbi is a mature student from Spain. He started a degree in medicine after finishing school but found the teaching uninspiring.

Drawn by a passion for improving education, Daniel spent a few years as a Non-Formal Education Trainer within the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA). During this period, he travelled to different countries delivering workshops on leadership, teamwork, and human rights issues to medical students.

He eventually quit medicine as a whole to move to the UK to pursue a psychology degree and focus on educational psychology. 

While at IFMSA, he has held several positions at the local, national and international level in medical education and capacity building. Daniel has joined the committee to bring his experience and the advantages of student engagement, participation and advocacy to new students during his term.

Juan Andreu is pursuing undergraduate degrees in both law and psychology, focusing on legal theory and clinical psychology, respectively.

Due to his desire to build a career in diplomacy he is training in both conflict resolution and public speaking and. once he graduates, he intends to sit for the state examination that will allow him to be eligible to access the Diplomatic Corps in Spain.

Jaun believes that his studies in psychology will tether him to high scientific standards during his endeavours in public service, and attributes his decision to apply to the Psych-Talk editor role to the therapeutic and exploratory significance writing has had in shaping several of his personal and academic decisions.

Juan wants to work towards making Psych-Talk a reliable publication for rational debate and scientific inquiry in the student community and is grateful for the chance to carry out such meaningful work for the next year.

Juhi Waeerkar is an undergraduate psychology student at King’s College London.

Before attending King’s College she was finishing an associate degree with courses in business-related subjects, however after stumbling across Robert Sapolsky’s lecture series on YouTube (as well as a few inspirational TedTalks, including Suzana Herculano-Houzel’s amazing brains being turned into a soup talk) she became fascinated with the world of neuroscience and psychology.

Based on her background, as you can imagine, she hopes to study the neuropsychology of entrepreneurship and, as a student ambassador for the Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s, she hopes to learn more and to work alongside her colleagues to help bring light to the amazing work being submitted to our editors.

Leah Hillari is a final-year undergraduate psychology student at the University of Aberdeen whose aspiration to become a scientist in the field of health psychology is motivated by the desire to uncover the underlying factors that contribute to human health.

During her degree, she focused on relating what she is learning about psychology to her knowledge about health behaviour, physiology, and exercise, which she gained working as a personal trainer and nutritionist.

This has allowed her to develop a holistic understanding of health and its determinants and provided the basis for the development of a summer research project that investigated the effects of stress on eating behaviour.

Nadia Mohammed is currently beginning her final year as a psychology undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, after having completed a placement year as a research assistant for the Psychological Medicine Team at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Like many psychology undergraduates, she intends to become a clinical psychologist and also have an impact on the world of psychological research, and intends to direct the focus of her research towards improving access to mental health support in minority populations, such as black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals and refugees.

For her final year dissertation project, Nadia will be investigating how discrimination can be a chronic stressor for successful BAME individuals in the workplace and how they have coped with this as they progress in their careers in majority white institutions.

Nadia will be part of the editorial team as an assistant editor and wants to work in making Psych-Talk a more accessible platform by focussing on those who can offer their unique thoughts and ideas but who may not have had a chance to convey them before.

Serena Tugnet is an undergraduate at the University of Warwick. However, she is currently spending her 3rd year abroad at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where she is focusing on practical clinical psychology modules and some applied arts modules incorporating psychological theory.

Serena's natural curiosities are centred around abnormal psychology and psychopathology and she plans on entering clinical psychology as her main field of work, with a particular interest in approaches informed by cognitive-behavioural therapy and person-centred therapy.

Serena will be part of the Psych-Talk editorial team for the second year as an assistant editor and is looking forward to reading some interesting perceptions and ideas from those who submit their work. She is hoping to give voice to those who don’t often get the chance to express their perspectives.

Grace Clements is in the final year of her undergraduate degree at Ulster University, which she has been completing part-time over the last six years. She chose to do part-time because Grace was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and so while it has been challenging, it has made completing her degree doable.

This will be her second year in the role of Northern Ireland Representative, and she has also been her university’s undergraduate representative for the Northern Ireland branch of the BPS for the past five years.

Over the next year, Grace will be completing her final dissertation project looking at individuals with ME and their experiences with healthcare professionals and plans to then go on to do the Health Psychology MSc and to research how to positively impact the lives of individuals with ME.

She looks forward to connecting with fellow psychology students through her role as Northern Ireland Representative, as well as enhancing the student experience of BPS members..

Vincent Waters is a mature student in his second year at Glasgow Caledonian University. After a long career in business, and some politics, he returned to higher education to study psychology, and particularly enjoys research into health, forensics and psycholinguistics.

He plans to continue as a postgraduate and is currently working for some researchers on their active investigations and would, ultimately, like to undertake a research doctorate.

Vincent hopes to use his two years as the Scottish student representative to foster strong links between undergraduate psychology students across Scotland and create more opportunities for them to engage with postgraduates and Chartered Psychologists..

Jessica Bragg is a final-year psychology student at Cardiff University who aspires to become a clinical psychologist working with individuals struggling with comorbid mental illness, particularly where eating disorders are present.

Jessica has a natural curiosity for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, and hopes to one day contribute to the bettering of services for this branch of mental illness. Jessica also believes that the current treatment approach of comorbid mental illnesses has room for improvement and hopes to do her best to be a part of that.

Within her role she aims to make the psychology students within Wales more aware of the student branch of the BPS and get students more involved with the BPS right from the beginning of their careers.

Tanya Shrader is a 2nd year PhD student at Staffordshire University studying the dark side of conspiracy theories.

The aim of her research is to demonstrate how conspiracy theories about groups (e.g. immigrants) may play a role in influencing aggression against the members of those groups, as well as whether or not these conspiratorial beliefs affect how members of such groups experience the criminal justice system.

Tanya has been a psychology student advocate at Staffordshire University for four years and advised prospective students at undergraduate and postgraduate open events. This has afforded her insight into the views, expectations and challenges faced by students, including barriers they may face while studying.

As a mature student, she has been able to share her experiences and offer practical advice and reassurance that there are no barriers to university education which cannot be overcome with the appropriate support..

We are currently seeking candidates for the following posts (to commence in August 2019):

  • Chair Elect (1 Year Chair Elect  going into 1 Year Chair) 2 Years total

  • Deputy Chair (1 Year)

  • Psych-Talk Editor (1 Year)

  • Incoming Psych-Talk Editor ( 1 Year incoming , 1 Year Editor)

  • Two Psych-Talk Assistant editors (up to 2 Years)

  • International Officer and EPSA Representative (1 year position)

  • Incoming International Officer and EPSA Representative (1 Year incoming , 1 Year International Officer)

  • Scotland Representative (up to 2 Years)

  • Two Ordinary Members (up to 2 Years )

A link to the online Statement of Interest has already been sent to all student members. A copy of this link can be found below.

Please note that if you wish to apply for more than one position you have to submit separate forms.

Please note that you will need to be:

  • A Student Member of the BPS
  • An Undergraduate

You also must both of the above for the length of term of your position, e.g., if you apply for the Chair Elect position you need to be a student for a minimum of two years once you start your position.

The Student Committee welcomes applications from full-time and part-time psychology students as well as from students currently enrolled in a psychology conversion course.

If you are currently a postgraduate student other than those registered for a conversion course, you can apply for open positions within the postgraduate committee PsyPAG.

  • The closing date for applications is the 17th June 2019 at 11:59pm.

All applications received by this date will be sent to the current committee for consideration and voting. The applications for the Chair Elect will be reviewed by the BPS Research Board, all other applications will be reviewed by the Student Committee.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend the first meeting of the committee which will be either the 28th or29th August 2019 at the BPS Offices in Leicester.

Please bear in mind that you need to be available at this date. Reasonable Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the society.

Eligibility for our membership grades is primarily based on society-accredited academic qualifications and experience, or their non-UK equivalent.

Each membership grade has differing eligibility requirements; for further info please consult the relevant pages for each membership grade.

Please be aware that the information on each membership grade page provides a general guide to eligibility, it is not exhaustive.

You will need to provide copies (we don’t require originals) of your psychology qualifications.

Transcripts (the list of subjects and grades) are required for all undergraduate, conversion and non-UK qualifications.

For any documents not in English translations are required.

Non-members will need to pay a non-refundable £21 application fee. This fee enables us to assess your eligibility for membership.

If your application is eligible for Graduate membership we will request the relevant society subscription fee - this payment will need to be received in order for us to admit you to membership.

The standard fee is £134.

For those who’ve graduated within the last three years from the qualification giving eligibility for Graduate membership the fee is £67.

For those studying a postgraduate course in the UK and not earning a taxable income the fee is £36.

Please remember to enter your course’s details on the application otherwise we won’t know you’re studying and will request one of the higher fees.

If you also choose to join one or more of our Member Networks we will request their fees too.

The application process outlines the fee for each network.

Typically, applications will be acknowledged within 3 working days of receipt, although this may be slightly longer during busy periods.

You should have a final decision of your application within 10 working days.

The society has a special case route whereby we can assess the eligibility for Graduate membership of those with qualifications not accredited by the BPS.

These are most likely to be UK qualifications but may also be a combination of non-UK and UK qualifications.

You will need to have a Bachelors level qualification plus a postgraduate qualification to at least a Masters level – both with significant psychology content.

As a general guide we will look to see that the qualifications you hold cover, at a standard not less than lower second class honours level, the core areas of psychology in sufficient breadth and depth as would be expected of a society-accredited undergraduate degree in psychology.

For information the core areas we look to be covered are:

  • cognitive psychology
  • psychobiology
  • developmental psychology
  • social psychology
  • individual differences
  • conceptual and historical issues
  • research

If you would like us to assess your eligibility you can apply for Graduate membership where you’ll need to upload copies of transcripts for the qualifications you hold containing psychological study.

We can only provide confirmation that you have the GBC if you’re a current Graduate member of the society.

If you’re not a member, to obtain confirmation of GBC from the society you’ll need to apply for Graduate membership so we can assess your qualification(s) and determine eligibility.

We don’t automatically accredit international qualifications; each one is assessed on an individual basis.

You will need to apply for Graduate membership and attach a copy of your official academic transcript (translated into English where appropriate) and the relevant payment.

To be eligible for Graduate Membership and the GBC we will assess that your qualification(s) meet all of the following:

  1. From a recognised university institution

    The society uses the World Higher Education Database (WHED) as a reference for identifying a recognised university institution

  2. At least 50% psychology

    Psychology modules/subjects must comprise at least half of those required for the qualification to be awarded.

  3. Equivalent to at least a British Bachelors Second Class Honours Degree

    The society follows guidance from UK NARIC when assessing the standard of qualifications. UK NARIC provides comparability information for international qualifications with those in the UK.

  4. Cover, with the required breadth and depth, the following eight core areas:

    - psychobiology
    - cognitive psychology
    - social psychology
    - developmental psychology
    - individual differences
    - conceptual and historical issues in psychology
    - research
    - coverage of a specialist/applied area

If you started your degree from 2006 onwards and have obtained a third Class, unfortunately you would not be eligible for the GBC and would need to find and undertake a conversion course.

Members can find information, and download an application form from our Member Networks page.

If you’re applying for Graduate membership and would like to join one, or more, of the Member Networks you can add these as part of the application process, each network carries an additional fee.

If you’re applying for Chartered membership the application form enables you to join Member Networks at the relevant grade.

Current Student members can complete the Graduate membership application process online – you will not be charged the £21 application fee.

Graduate members looking to upgrade should complete the relevant Chartered membership application form.

Student membership is only available to those studying a society-accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course.

Instead you can apply to join at one of our Subscriber grades.

If you’re looking to register as a psychologist in the UK, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) are the body responsible for statutory regulation therefore you would need to apply to join their register if you wish to practice using one of their specialist titles, e.g. Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist.

The society doesn’t set employment criteria, this would be down to the individual employer and the requirements of the role advertised.

You may also find that society membership provides a useful platform to familiarise yourself with the practice of psychology in the UK as we offer a number of benefits and services within each of our membership grades.

We operate a no refund policy.

However, we allow direct debit payers the option to cancel and receive a refund of their fees after having made their payment up until 31 March each year.

From the 1 April there will be no refunds to direct debit payers, members will instead be advised to maintain their subscription for the remainder of the year and to cancel at the end of December.

All application processing fees are non-refundable.

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