A representation of Psyche, taken from the BPS logo

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 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. The Branch has since worked tirelessly to promote the great work of Psychologists across the North East and to ensure Branch 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 get in touch!

Contact the North East of England Branch

The main point of contact for the North East of England Branch and its committees is via the branch email address at [email protected]

A message from the Chair

March 2021

Dear NEEB Member,

The ‘road to recovery’ from the Covid Pandemic, has been announced by the Government in recent days, but in so doing, we remain mindful of our regional members working in all public facing roles, especially those working with vulnerable individuals, and those, who face the reality of the fragility of life on a daily basis.

We also respect those members who volunteer their time to provide therapeutic support to Front-Line staff, working for our Statutory Agencies and Emergency Services, and those who are also supporting Teachers and Parents; the committee wish you all well for the coming months.

For information from the BPS relating to Covid-19 and access to resources for both public and professionals, visit the BPS Covid-19 webpage where, you will find official guidelines, online tools, and various videos the BPS have produced in response to the current crisis. The February edition of the NEEB Newsletter is now ready, where you will find:

Your thoughts matter to us; we encourage you to get involved and get in contact with us, please share your opinions, quizzes, poems, an event, or an achievement in our next newsletter in the spring.

Contact [email protected] with any contributions, queries or suggestions.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Paul-John Griffiths CPsychol AFBPsS

NEEB Committee Chair

  • Covid-19 BPS strategy and NEEB survey
  • Invitation to get involved, write to us!
  • Welcome two new committee members: Lydia Ebdon (Treasurer) & Joe Gaunt.
  • Re-launch of our two social media platforms (LinkedIn & Facebook) and call for profiles for April’s ‘Day in the Life of a Psychologist’
  • Call for contributions to the spring edition of the North East Bulletin from Grant McGeechan (Co-Editor)
  • Ideas for a NEEB Zoom monthly social hub (discussion, support, ideas, and fellowship)

The 2022 awards session is now open.

The closing date for applications for all three awards is noon on 1 September 2022.

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 spouse, partner or other relation. Conflict 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 £250 and will be invited to deliver a Public Engagement Lecture at one of the North East of England’s events.  

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.
  • A report on presentation will be required within three months of the granting or the award.  This, or part of this may be a presentation or a publication, which may be placed on the Branch website, publication and / or social media channels.
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.

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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 offered annually.

Criteria 

The award is for a 500 to 1,000 word written article for the North East of England Branch (NEEB) Bulletin. The article must clearly relate to 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 NEEB Bulletin readership. 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 elgibile to apply. Applicants must have submitted their dissertation/thesis /final research paper within the last academic year. Submissions are welcomed from students researching all areas 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.

Applications close at noon on 1 September 2022.

Apply now

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 offered annually.

Criteria

The award is for a 500 to 1,000 word written article for the North East of England Branch (NEEB) Bulletin. The article must clearly relate to 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 NEEB readership. Entries must be individual and must not have been published previously. Recent graduates (within 18 months of graduating) from a postgraduate degree course from a University based in the North-East of England are eligible to apply. Applicants must have submitted their dissertation / thesis / final research paper within the last academic year. Submissions are welcomed from students researching all areas 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.

Applications close at noon on 1 September 2022.

Apply now

Committee

Chair - Vacant

Chair Elect - Vacant

Past-chair - Vacant

Honorary Treasurer - Lydia Ebdon

Lydia Ebdon (NEEB Committee Treasurer) joined the committee in Spring 2021. Lydia is a graduate member of the BPS with an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. She is also an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Until 2015, Lydia spent her entire career in business, working with businesses large and small, including as a regulator and including running her own tax and accountancy practice. She currently sits on the Disciplinary Committee for the ICAEW, having previously been a member of its governing Council and its local branch committee.

Lydia has always been passionate about good governance. This led her to start researching aspects of psychology underlying corporate governance.

Lydia lives in the North East of England Region, where she enjoys getting out and about, training horses, and reading and writing poetry when time permits.

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Committee Member / Newsletter Editor - Grant McGeechan

Grant McGeechan (NEEB Committee Member) joined the North East Branch committee of the BPS at the AGM in September 2019 where he serves as a co-editor of the North of England Branch Bulletin. Grant is a senior lecturer in health psychology at Teesside University. He completed his undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University before undertaking an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Stirling.

Grant completed his PhD at Northumbria University in 2014 which investigated how adults experience living with cancer as a chronic illness. Grant’s main research interests are in all aspects of the cancer journey from prevention and screening through to survivorship. In addition to this Grant has a wealth of expertise in evaluating public health services, and research related to alcohol use. Grant also serves as an associate editor for BMC Public Health.

Grant also serves on a number of local and national committees including the Tackling Cancer Together Partnership in Teesside, and the Health Psychology Trainee Network which is affiliated with the BPS division of health psychology.

Committee Member - Liam Myles

Liam Myles (NEEB Committee Member) was brought up in the North East and studied Psychology at Durham University graduating with a First Class Honours Degree; he was awarded the Gabbett Prize, and the BPS Award, for achieving within his cohort, the highest overall mark in Undergraduate Psychology.

In 2019, he joined the North East of England Branch (NEEB); his home is in North Yorkshire and currently works as an Assistant Psychologist in London, aspiring to ultimately undertake doctoral clinical psychology training.

Liam is already an established Researcher, having worked with various UK institutions, including Durham University, University of Leeds, University of Leicester; and internationally, with Université d'Artois and University of Messina. He has developed an avid interest in the mechanisms underpinning psychological difficulties, publishing 14 articles to date on this topic, and hopes that his research will lead to the development of novel interventions to help those who have not benefited from traditional therapeutic approaches.

Liam brings this passion for clinical psychology to the NEEB and helps other aspiring clinical and applied psychologists, get more involved in actively pursuing this fascinating science further in their particular fields.

Committee Member - Tina Davy

Committee Member - Kyle Kelleher

Committee Member - Dr Helen Driscoll

Dr Helen Driscoll is Principal Lecturer (Team Leader) in Psychology at the University of Sunderland and is head of undergraduate psychology and counselling provision. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Psychologist.

Helen graduated from Newcastle University in 2001 with first class honours and the Mary McKinnon Prize (awarded to the highest scoring student). She completed her PhD at Durham University (thesis title: Sex differences in aggression: The role of inhibitory control, supervised by Professor Anne Campbell). Helen won a competitive Santander scholarship in 2021, funding a place on the London School of Economics and Political Science Emerging Women Leaders programme, which she successfully completed. 

Helen is an evolutionary psychologist and her research interests include sexuality and sexual behaviour, male psychology, equality, diversity & inclusion, and higher education pedagogy. She also has significant experience of programme design and development, and of higher education quality assurance and enhancement. Her significant achievements at the University of Sunderland include leading the first successful School‐level Athena Swan gender equality award, with the School of Psychology being recognised as a ‘trailblazers’ in leading equality, diversity and inclusion. Helen has also led the successful development and implementation of groundbreaking and unique, integrated undergraduate degree programmes. 

Helen is a member of the British Psychological Society’s Sexualities Section committee and led the organisation of the Section’s annual conference in 2021. She holds external examiner roles in psychology at London Metropolitan University and Bishop Grosseteste University, following a five-year tenure as Chief External Examiner for Psychology at Birmingham City University.  

Forensic Psychology (NE) Representative - Vacant

DOP-UK Representative - Julie Freeborn

PsyPAG Representative - Anna Maughan and Stacie Thursby

Student Ambassador Lead - Amber Capurro

Amber Capurro became a Lead Student Ambassador for the NEEB at the beginning of this year after showing a keen interest in psychology. Her particular area of interest is PTSD and its treatments after completing her EPQ in this area and earning a prize for said piece of work. Amber is currently studying for an undergraduate degree in psychology at Durham University and will soon finish her first year.

She aims to study psychology abroad in Australia or Europe during her undergraduate degree and hopes to continue studying psychology abroad when studying for a masters.   Amber’s love for travelling started at a young age with her being born in Chile then moving to the East Midlands of England, then the North East for University, and in between all of this living in both Italy and Portugal. But not only is Amber a keen psychologist and traveller she is also an avid sportswoman, in particular a lacrosse player.   Amber hopes to put her love for psychology, teamwork from sport, and curiosity from travelling to good use at the BPS.

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)

 

Benefits of belonging

Member Announcement Email List

The North East of England Branch uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Branch you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the North East of England Branch
  2. opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'BPS North East of England Branch announcement email' in the subject line.

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