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Wessex Branch

The Wessex Branch covers the South of England from Dorset in the west to East Sussex in the east and up to Berkshire in the north, and includes the Isle of Wight.


We organise workshops and conferences in the south and south-east area of England and send regular bulletins to members to publicise events and other items of interest.


Useful links


Follow the links below to see programmes of research seminars etc. at Psychology Departments in Universities in the Wessex region.


Wessex Psychologist Bulletin

The publication of the Wessex Branch of the British Psychological Society.

Awards & funding

Tony Gale Undergraduate Prize

Awarded for the best undergraduate dissertation at each BPS-accredited Wessex Branch University.

The BPS Wessex Branch Tony Gale Undergraduate Prize was founded in 2007. Each university nominates its best undergraduate dissertation and each winner is awarded a monetary prize worth £150 subject to the Branch receiving a 1500 word summary article which will be published in our annual publication, currently The Wessex Bulletin. The Board of Examiners at each University will decide on the dissertation submitted to the Wessex Branch.

Tony Gale

Tony Gale (Professor Maurice Anthony Gale, 1937-2006) began studying Psychology as a mature student at the University of Exeter, quickly acquiring a national and then international reputation.

He succeeded to Chair of Southampton’s Psychology Department, then its Dean of Social Sciences.

His final role was as Portsmouth University’s Director of Research and Development within the Psychology Department, from which he retired in 2002 as a part-time professor.

Tony was a President of the BPS, and uniquely both an Honorary Fellow (2001) and a Life Member (1980) of the Society. He also received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Psychology (2002). 

Underpinning those Society honours was an extraordinary wealth of intellect, talent and drive, coupled with a willingness to invest vast amounts of time and energy in helping to shape others in their professional development. Tony’s principal research contribution was in using the EEG to measure brain activity during information processing and during social interaction, and his international reputation extended to his exploration of personality correlates of brain function.

In mid-career his ground breaking qualitative research with families received much acclaim. For 40 years Tony combined publication of research in prestigious journals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision.

Eligible universities
  • Kingston University
  • Southampton Solent University
  • University of Bournemouth
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Winchester
  • The Open University (students placed in Region 02 and Region 13 for their studies)

19 June: Deadline for universities to complete relevant documentation.

21 June: Wessex Branch will write to successful nominees requesting 1,500 word shortened dissertation for publication in Wessex Bulletin by deadline of 7 September. Certificates will be sent to Universities for presentation to students.

31 October: Successful shortened dissertations will be sent to the Wessex Bulletin Reviewing Committee.

30 November: Wessex Bulletin reviewers comments for the successful shortened dissertations will be sent back to successful nominees.

17 December: Wessex Branch will issue the prizes.

How to apply

Nominees (students) can not apply for this prize directly through the BPS Wessex Branch. Eligible University Psychology Departments will nominate students to the BPS Wessex Branch.

If you consider yourself eligible to be nominated for this Prize and have not been please contact Anne Kerr


The Tony Gale Undergraduate Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation is judged by University Exam Boards.


Bursary Scheme for Members

Bursaries are available for students to attend conferences or events in the region. All bursaries will be of equal value. 

Judging process

These Bursaries will be allocated to students who are Wessex Branch members (ie members of the British Psychological Society either living or studying in the Wessex area), up to a maximum of 100% of the conference fee per student. Within these parameters the organising committee can determine the number and monetary value of the bursaries they wish to give, subject to confirmation by the Wessex Branch Committee. In the event of there being competition for the Bursaries the Wessex Branch Executive Committee will act as the judging panel.

  • An annual Bursary Prize might be offered to a Wessex Student to attend a conference of their choice providing that they were presenting a paper. 
  • An individual may only be in receipt of one bursary within a 12 month period.
  • Bursaries may be offered for BPS events within the region organised by either sub-systems or universities. 
  • Provide details on how the bursaries will benefit their studies
  • Previous applications may be taken into account in the decision making process.
  • Recipients will be required to pay their conference fees and then submit their receipt to the Branch. The bursary will be paid by bank transfer on receipt of the conference report. 
  • Recipients will be required to submit a 500 word report on the conference for use as the Branch decide. 
  • There may be additional requirements for specific events and these will be detailed on an event-by-event basis. 
  • live or study in Wessex area
  • must be a student member of the British Psychological Society
  • Download the Wessex Branch Bursary Application Form (member only)

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Chair: Richard Pemberton ([email protected])

Chair Elect: Vacant

Past Chair: Sarah Twist

Honorary Treasurer: Alan Gilbert ([email protected])

Honorary Secretary: Vacant ([email protected])

E-Newsletter Editor: Alexander Freemantle ([email protected])

General Committee Members

  • Emma Palmer-Cooper
  • Sarah Law
  • Shakiba Moghadam
  • Sharmistha Chaudhuri

Wessex Dorset: Vacant ([email protected]k)

Wessex Solent & Thames Valley: Stephanie Bennett ([email protected])

Wessex Surrey: Vacant ([email protected])

Wessex Sussex: Vacant ([email protected])

Council Representative: Sarah Twist

DCP Representative: Richard Pemberton

PsyPAG Representative: Izzy Ball

Student Representative: Vacant


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

The Wessex Branch of the BPS covers the following areas/postcodes:

  • Bournemouth (BH)
  • Brighton (BN)
  • Croydon (CR)
  • Dorchester (DT)
  • Guilford (GU)
  • Kingston-Upon-Thames (KT)
  • Portsmouth (PO) 
  • Reading (RG)
  • Redhill (RH)
  • Sutton (SM)
  • Southampton (SO)
  • Salisbury (SP)


Benefits of belonging

Member Announcement Email List

The Wessex 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 Wessex 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 Wessex Branch announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the Wessex Branch Committee

The Wessex 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.