A Note from the Chair, Iain MacLeod
Best wishes for 2019 to all our readers
I have been co-opted by the SW Branch Committee for another year as the South West Branch Chair having already finished a formal three year stint. This I have accepted as we now have a volunteer Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary to ease the load. A new chair must be found, and preferably as early as possible, to mirror the role prior to taking over at the end of 2019.
2019 SW Gathering
It is intended to run another one day SW Psychologists ‘Gathering’ sometime in 2019 as a follow up on the successful event in 2018. The gathering will retain the overarching interdisciplinary theme of ‘Stronger Together’ though the specific focus of the meeting has still to be decided. However, Training as a topic has been suggested by several. The initial organisation meeting held in Exeter on the 30 January and more information from that meeting will be available in the SW Summer Review.
Held at the Albemarle Centre, Taunton over the PM of the 23 November 2018. The meeting followed the issued agenda and also resulted in the election of new members to the Committee. Immediately after the AGM, three talks were given by members of the committee and these are reported in this issue of the review.
Guernsey, Jersey, Bristol and Bath Psychology in the Pub (PiP) events continue and are publicised locally and through the BPS SW Branch pages. It is possible that the Exeter PiP may restart sometime in 2019.
South West Psychology Undergraduate Student Conference
This year to be held at MARJON, Plymouth on the 16 March 2019 from 0930 to 1500.
This conference is an annual event offering final year students from across the region an opportunity to present their dissertation findings to other students. This is a friendly open environment in which to talk to like-minded individuals, practice presentation skills and maybe even get some new ideas to discuss in your thesis. The event is free and open to all.
Workshop on Qualitative Methods
Exeter students to run a workshop on qualitative methods in May.
BPS Structural Review
Structural review information on the BPS continued consideration on Branches has been sporadic since the Senate meeting in September 2019. It was stated at that meeting that the Minutes of BPS Trustees Meetings would be published but are not currently available on the BPS Site (if so cannot find them!) or through the associated Members Online Resources (MOR).
The Society has strongly progressed in its liaison and co-operation with other societies (e.g. BPS and others questioning on HCPC intention to increase fees). However, the only information available to the SW Branch Chair on the review’s progression related to Branch issues, post a December email inquiry to BPS Leicester, was a direction to read the CEO statement in the December 2018 psychologist – Part extract given below:
At the heart of this change is the determination to make the Society truly membership-led. That means giving you a much stronger voice in determining our focus as an organisation. Our inaugural Senate is a concrete example of this, with chairs of networks, divisions and groups meeting to decide on our campaigning priorities for 2019. This is an important first step as it puts our members at the heart of the decision-making process.
Next month, I will be taking an initial transformation plan to the Society’s Board of Trustees, outlining the steps we need to take and the further investment we need to make in order to radically improve the Society. This is an important milestone in our transformation journey.
I know from members that there is a sense that the Society has promised change before that hasn’t always been delivered. A long-term plan is vital, but it’s also important to make rapid improvements along the way. That’s why your Board of Trustees has already agreed to release significant new funding to support members and strengthen our external influence. This means we will be able to increase capacity in key areas such as communications, policy and our finance infrastructure
We know that change can be difficult, that it’s constant and that it requires partnership. I know my challenge over the next year is to deliver for members so that together, we can relaunch the Society as a powerful professional body and an influential learned society.
Sarb Bajwa. BPS CEO