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North East of England Branch

The North East of England Branch representing psychologists across the North East of England extending from the River Tweed to the Wash and from Hull to the borders of Lancashire.

About

The North East of England Branch officially came into being on 4 February 2003 when an open general meeting was held at York St John College to elect the committee and formally constitute our existence as part of the society.

We have since worked tirelessly to promote the great work of Psychologists across the North East and to ensure our members have representation at all levels of the society.

Our committee, which includes academic psychologists, practitioners and students, works to organise a range of events across the North East.

Our Psychology in the Pub events have grown in frequency and popularity and our Annual Conference goes from strength to strength.

The gradual expansion of the North East Branch Bulletin publication, which is sent out to all our members, is a great representation of the exciting work that's going on across the North East.

If you'd like to contribute to the North East Branch Bulletin, have an idea for an event or you'd like to get involved with other Branch activities, please contact us at [email protected].

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Our 2024 awards session is now open.

All the awards will be open until 12 noon on 31 July 2024.

North East of England Branch Public Engagement Award

Submissions are now open.

Overview

This award has been established to recognise and reward British Psychological Society (BPS) members who undertake excellent communication of psychology with the public in the North East of England. The awards are open to nominations for psychologists at any career stage. Applications are encouraged from early career psychologists who may have undertaken a small engagement project, as well as more experienced psychologists.

The focus of the award is on public engagement in the North-East of England. 

Nominations are welcome from BPS members who are not based in the North-East of England but whose work is delivered to publics in the North-East.

Nominations can be made for a specific one-off engagement project or a number of linked projects.  Nominations can be made by a third party, such as a colleague or a client, or individuals can self-nominate. Third party nominators should ensure that they have sufficient knowledge of the public engagement project to make a convincing case to the judging panel. 

Conflicts of Interest:

Nominators must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest, for example if nominating a colleague, spouse, partner or other relation. Conflicts of interest will not prevent acceptance of the nomination, but will be borne in mind by the awarding panel when considering the award. If there is found to be a conflict of interest that has not been declared, the nomination will be withdrawn.

Award

The recipient will be awarded £1200 and will be invited to deliver a public engagement or member lecture at one of the North East branch's events.

Apply for the Public Engagement Award

Regulations and eligibility
  • This award is open to BPS members who have undertaken a public engagement initiative in the North East of England.  The nominee (or in the case of groups, the lead member) must be a member of the BPS.
  • Applicants must provide links to output or other evidence, e.g. photographs, and contact details for a referee who was involved in the project.
  • The award winner must be prepared to supply a short article on the project(s) for the Branch to use on the website, publication and / or social media channels.
  • The award winner may be invited to present a short presentation on their project at a local branch event.
Selection Criteria

Each application will be considered on its own merit by the awarding panel who are appointed by the North East of England Branch Committee.  The panel will consider all submissions on the basis of the impact and quality of the contribution.  The following criteria will be used to score each application:

  • Relevance of engagement project to the public interest
  • Relevance of engagement project to psychology
  • Innovation and creativity in the engagement project
  • Quality of engagement project

Public Engagement may include but is not limited to:

  • Public lectures, events, exhibitions and other face-to-face activities
  • Radio, television or film
  • Publishing on the web
  • Community based activities
  • Social media campaigns

Recipients may include those communicating their own research findings or those who ensure that a range of high quality psychological evidence is communicated (for example, via television/radio documentaries, science fairs, public engagement projects or newsprint and the emerging area of e-media including blogs and YouTube. This could also be in recognition of consistently good work over a number of years or outstanding contributions in a single year.

North East of England Branch Undergraduate Award

Submissions are now open.

Award

This award has been established to recognise the research work undertaken by undergraduate psychology students studying in the North-East of England. There is one undergraduate award of £150 max offered annually.

Apply for the Undergraduate Award

Criteria 
  • The award is for a 500 to 1,000 word written article that describes the work carried out as part of an undergraduate degree in any area of psychology. It should be a self-contained article, which is able to communicate research findings in an engaging style to the awarding panel.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from an academic supervisor or their contact details.
  • The award winner must permit the NEEB to publish the winning article on the branch website, publication and / or social media channels.
  • The award winner may be invited to present a short presentation on their project at a local branch event.
  • Entries must be individual and must not have been published previously.
  • Recent graduates (within 18 months of graduating) from an undergraduate degree course from a university based in the North-East of England, are eligible. Applicants must have submitted their dissertation/thesis /final research paper within the last academic year. Submissions are welcomed from students researching any area of psychology.
Awarding Panel 

The awarding panel will be appointed by the North East of England Branch Committee. The panel will consider all submissions on the basis of the impact and quality of the contribution.

North East of England Branch Postgraduate Award

Submissions are now open.

Award

This award has been established to recognise the research work undertaken by postgraduate psychology students studying in the North-East of England. There is one postgraduate award of £150 max offered annually.

Apply for the Postgraduate Award

Criteria
  • The award is for a 500 to 1,000 word written article that describes the work carried out as part of a postgraduate degree in any area of psychology. It should be a self-contained article, which is able to communicate research findings in an engaging style to the awarding panel.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from an academic supervisor or their contact details.
  • The award winner must permit the NEEB to publish the winning article on the branch website, publication and / or social media channels.
  • The award winner may be invited to present a short presentation on their project at a local branch event.
  • Entries must be individual and must not have been published previously.
Awarding panel

The awarding panel will be appointed by the North East of England Branch Committee. The panel will consider all submissions on the basis of the impact and quality of the contribution.

 

 

  • Chair: Jacob Empson (co-opted until Sept 2024)
  • Honorary Secretary: Carri Ledden (co-opted Sept 2023 - Sept 2024)
  • Committee Members:
    - Fiona Miller (appointed Sept 2022 – Sept 2025)
    - Tanvi Sharma (appointed Sept 2023 – Sept 2026)
    - Natasha Leslie (appointed Nov 2023 – Sept 2026)
    - Cindy Scatcherd Locke (appointed Nov 2023 – Sept 2026)
    - Samantha Sunter (appointed Nov 2023 – Sept 2026)
    - Jolanta Golan (appointed Nov 2023 – Sept 2026)
    - Rachel Stocker (appointed Nov 2023 – Sept 2026)
    - Jacob Empson (appointed Nov 2023 – Sept 2026)
  • Communications Lead: Carri Ledden (appointed Sept 2023 – Sept 2026)
  • DOP-UK Representative: Julie Freeborn

Join

When you join the BPS you are automatically made a member of your local branch.

The North East of England Branch covers the following areas/postcodes:

  • Bradford (BD)
  • Durham (DH) 
  • Darlington (DL)
  • Doncaster (DN)
  • Huddersfield (HD) 
  • Harrogate (HG)
  • Hull (HU)
  • Halifax (HX)
  • Leeds (LS)
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne (NE)
  • Sheffield (S1- S99)
  • Sunderland (SR)
  • Cleveland (TS)
  • Wakefield (WF)
  • York (YO)

Member e-newsletter

The North East of England Branch uses its e-newsletter to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

To receive this you will need to:

  1. become a member of the North East of England Branch 
  2. check your email preferences that you have opted into receiving emails
  3. ensure that your email address is correct

You can check your preferences by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network support - North East Branch.

Getting involved with the North East of England Branch Committee

The North East of England Branch relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Branch is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.

The North East of England Branch Committee has the following positions:

  • Chair 
  • Past Chair 
  • Committee Members 
  • Communication Officer 
  • Honorary Secretary 
  • Honorary Treasurer 
  • Media and Graphics Officer 
  • Newsletter Editor