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Education and Training Board

We promote excellence in psychology education and training.

About us

The Education and Training Board supports the society in developing a strategy to enable delivery of an inclusive world class education and continuing professional development for psychologists and the wider psychological workforce of all disciplines, which are appropriate, inclusive, relevant, robust and of high quality.

We want students, academics and practitioners to have access to the highest quality education and training. 

The board also supports the BPS in expanding its influence as the voice of education for psychologists and the wider psychological workforce within.

Download the Education and training board terms of reference

Our main responsibilities are to:

  • Promote the advancement and diffusion of psychological knowledge, especially via educational programmes and activities which help to enhance public understanding.
  • Promote academic, ethical and scientific rigour in the delivery of psychology education at all levels and for students in related disciplines.
  • Support activities that enhance the public understanding of psychology.
  • Develop and implement society policy in relation to psychology education, psychology teaching, teachers and students in all sectors.
  • Seek to influence national and international policies and organisations that affect psychology education and qualifications.
  • Support the development and dissemination of best practice and innovation in the provision of psychology education.
  • Liaise with other Boards to ensure harmonious application of internal and external policy in relation to psychology education and public engagement.
  • Promote the usefulness of psychological qualifications in psychology careers and non-psychology careers.
  • Work with education providers across all levels of learning to promote the discipline of psychology and develop quality education and training routes.
  • Work with employers to identify workforce need and develop innovative approaches to education and training solutions

We strive to make psychology accessible to all and aim to have a membership base that is representative of the diverse population within the UK and global communities.

We do this through fostering an inclusive culture, welcoming individual differences and committing to ensuring equality and diversity are embedded into all of our activities, for those engaging in the education and training of the psychological profession.

For more information, email the Education and Training Board team.

Board activities

Standing Committees

The Education and Training Board supports activity and policy development in the areas of pre-tertiary education (A level, Scottish Higher, IB, etc.) and psychology undergraduate students via the Standing Committee on Pre-Tertiary Education (SCoPTE) and the Student Committee. These committees undertake specialist activities and provide specialist advice to the Board, whilst ensuring the sectors they represent have a formal voice within the society’s governance.

Lobbying and Liaison

The Board works with the society’s policy team in relation to psychology education externally, liaising with a range of appropriate bodies including the DfE, TDA, OFQUAL and awarding bodies, as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies within the devolved nations.

The Board connects with the other strategic Boards and is fully supportive of each of its respective agendas. It links with other relevant bodies to ensure psychology is represented in appropriate forums.

Our partners include the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, Association for Teaching in Psychology, the Higher Education Academy, Campaign for Science & Engineering, the Royal Society, the British Academy, Academy for Social Sciences, the British Science Association and the Office for Students.

Meetings 

Meeting dates

  • 1 March 2022
  • 5 June 2022
  • 8 September 2022
  • 21 November 2022

Education and Training Board Minutes

Members

Chair: Professor Niamh Stack

Professor Niamh Stack is a professor of developmental psychology and Deputy Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow. Niamh has worked at the University of Glasgow for over 19 years and progressed to Professor on the Teaching and Scholarship track there, a reflection of her consistent focus on education, teaching and learning throughout her career.

Prior to taking on the role of Deputy Chair of the Education and Training Board in 2019, Niamh had extensive involvement in the BPS Undergraduate Education committee first as a committee member, then Deputy Chair and then Chair which included overseeing a root and branch review of the standards for Undergraduate Education. As part of this role Niamh also served on the Partnership and Accreditation Committee. Niamh was the Deputy Chair of the Review Group for the 2016 QAA Psychology Subject Benchmark Statement. These roles collectively reflect her commitment to enhancing educational provision across the discipline.

She has extensive experience of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum design and delivery in her roles as programme lead and then Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow. Integral to this latter role has been a focus on curriculum enhancement for skills development for psychology graduates of the future and a commitment to the development and dissemination of Open Teaching practices and resources. Niamh also has an extensive track record of external examining at other HE institutions in terms of both annual review processes but also periodic subject reviews.

Her research interests are focused around difference and diversity in development. She is the Research Director of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils based at the University of Glasgow and she primarily researches and publishes in the area of gifted/highly able learners. She is also actively involved with a number of community partners to facilitate research partnerships. These research collaborations support community partners by providing an evidence base for the voluntary work of these community partners and in parallel provide applied research settings for psychology student dissertation projects.

Deputy Chair: Ciara Wild

Ciara Wild is a HCPC Registered Chartered Forensic Psychologist, currently working for HMPPS, and a Registered Scientist with the British Science Council.

Whilst qualifying, she tutored A-level Psychology, while also volunteering in complex needs hostels, substance misuse services, approved premises and specialist approved premises for people with mental health diagnoses living in the community.

Before joining the prison service Ciara worked as a Clinical and Research Services Coordinator in a Counselling and Psychotherapy Service and was also part of an NHS Liaison and Diversion team conducting mental health assessments in police custody and court.

Dr Gill Brown

Dr Gill Brown is a Chartered Psychologist and has held academic positions since 2008 in both research and lecturing posts.

Prior to their academic career, they worked within the prison service (both male Category B and Category C prisons), providing psychological services to offenders and held the position of treatment manager of an offending behaviour treatment programme.

Dr Brown also has experience working within youth offending services and alongside forensic community mental health teams.

Their PhD focused on the effectiveness of a joint crisis planning intervention for service users with severe mental illness, in reducing compulsory detention under the Mental Health Act, and they are currently an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Bolton and lead the BSc (Hons) Criminological and Forensic Psychology programme (which was awarded the national British Psychology Society award for innovation in Psychology programmes in 2018).

Dr Brown was instrumental in developing a Memorandum of Understanding between Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the University of Bolton. Following this, they began working on research projects alongside GMP and working collaboratively to promote student opportunities for involvement in local restorative justice work.

Helene Ansell

Helene Ansell has been involved in education for some 30 years. She began her career as a secondary school PE, History and Special Needs teacher with a particular interest in learning difficulties such as dyslexia, which remains a special interest today.

While taking time out to have her children she also travelled and lived in many different countries, during which time she gained her psychology degree, a master's in education and an advanced diploma in child development.

From 1997 to 2016 Helene taught A Level Psychology in a large sixth form centre in Staffordshire. She quickly became Head of Department, with responsibility for training Associate Teachers and NQT’s, and was appointed a member of the Senior Management Team in 2008 with specific responsibility for developing teaching and learning across the sixth form with specific responsibility for the health and well-being of students and staff alike.

Until recently she was a team leader associate examiner for AQA Psychology A Level but remains a moderator on their EPQ qualification.

Helene is passionate about psychology and psychological education, and has actively lobbied the government for recognition of psychology at schools level to be fully recognised as a Science/STEM subject. She has also strived to forge a better understanding of the true value of our subject to the work place. 

Until recently (2018) Helene was Chair for the Association of Teachers of Psychology and remains on the committee at Officer level as Past Chair. She sits on the BPS sub committee, SCoPTE (Standing committee on Pre-Tertiary Education) and is delighted to be a part of the Education and Training Board.

Helene took early retirement in June 2016, quickly followed by a move to Cornwall, moving to Cargreen in February 2018. However, she is still actively involved in The ATP and SCoPTE, as well as education in general as the newly appointed governor of her local primary school.

Dr Simon Goodson

Dr Simon Goodson is a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and the programme director for MSc Psychology. Simon has been at the University of Huddersfield for over 12 years and has had various roles within the Department of Psychology.

Simon is currently the Chair of the Undergraduate Education Committee, UEC, and has been involved in a lot of initiatives such the development of guidance for providers during the current Covid-19 crisis and is presently overseeing a major review of the accreditation standards for Undergraduate Education.

As part of the role of chair of the UEC, Simon is also is a member of the Partnership and Accreditation Committee and is actively involved with other BPS committees including the Ethics Committee and the Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology.

Simon was a member of the Review Groups for the 2016 and 2019 QAA Psychology Subject Benchmark Statement. He also chaired the Task and Finish Group that was responsible for the Post 18 Education Funding Review and has contributed to many BPS projects.

He has experience of external examining at other HE institutes for campus and online based programmes. He has also experience of periodic subject reviews and validations of programmes for national and international providers.

Simon has a great deal of experience in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum design and the roles and responsibilities of a programme director at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Simon’s research is focused around cyber psychology and the effects of playing video games. He has supervised a number of PhDs and MScs in this area and is currently involved in a project investigating the benefits of VR for cooperation with isolated individuals. 

Dr Mark Sergeant

Dr Mark Sergeant is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology and the School Learning and Teaching Manager at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Mark has worked at NTU for over 20 years and has led on numerous learning and teaching activities at a Departmental, School and Institutional level.

Mark is the current Acting Chair for the BPS Conference and Events Committee and a Committee Member for the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP). Mark has worked with the BPS for over 10 years in roles including the Media and Press Committee and Standing Conference Committee. He has led on the redevelopment of the BPS flagship events Careers in Psychology and Your Future in Psychology. Mark holds Chartered Psychologist status and is a Full Fellow of the BPS. 

Mark is a highly experienced academic who has acted as course leader at undergraduate and postgraduate level and led on the provision of assessment at NTU. For the quality of his teaching Mark received the NTU Vice-Chancellors Teaching Award in 2019. Mark is the Chair of the NTU Academic Integrity Group and is an institutional expert on Academic Integrity.

Mark’s research is currently focused on pedagogy, particularly looking at issues around student perceptions of Academic Integrity, particularly the challenges posed by contract cheating services. He has supervised numerous research projects at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level.

Dr Katie Lightfoot

Dr Katie Lightfoot is Associate Professor in Health Psychology and Medical Education (Assessment) at Norwich Medical School, UEA.

She is also a qualified teacher (QTLS) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and has been teaching and lecturing since 2005.

In the recent past, Katie trained psychology teachers nationally for an awarding body on a consultancy basis.

Katie is also a HCPC Registered Health Psychologist working in practice at an NHS pain management centre.

Her educational qualifications include:

  • DHealthPsych
  • PGCert HEP
  • MSc (Hons) Health Psychology
  • PGCE in Post Compulsory Education
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Katie’s professional activities include being a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) as well as being a Member of the Society of Education and Training (MSET).

Dr Lyndsey Hughes

Bio coming soon.

Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt

Pirashanthie is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Medical Educationalist. She has worked in both undergraduate and postgraduate Health Education settings for over a decade and has experience of programme development, online and blended learning approaches.

In her current role she leads on the Professionalism and Patient Safety theme for the Sheffield undergraduate medicine programme; the theme includes the curriculum areas professional values ethics leadership and human factors education. She is also Deputy Faculty Director of Education for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield.

One of Pirashanthie’s academic interests is ethics in everyday practice. Until the end of 2021, she was Chair of the Institute of Medical Ethics Education committee.  She is also Principal fellow of the Higher Education Advance UK.

Student Member - Kudzaishe Michelle Mushayahembe

Bio coming soon.

Student Committee Representative – Aiko Leung

Aiko Leung is the Chair of the Student Committee and is currently majoring in Psychology with Education at University College London (UCL).

She is particularly interested in clinical psychology, educational psychology and the relationship between the arts and mental health. She is also the chair and founder of a student-led non-profit association: Arts for Mental Health (ARTSMH).

She strongly encourages putting knowledge learnt and experiences into helping the community, thus has been doing that since she was 14. For instance, she tutored and assisted children from diversified backgrounds for over 6 years. Currently, she is working on various projects as an undergraduate research assistant and as a project leader for the ARTSMH UCL branch. She also leads the ARTSMH team to help undergraduate, postgraduate and high school students to stay mentally healthy during the pandemic. She aims to become a clinical psychologist and is working hard towards it.

PsyPAG Representative – Zyra Evangelista

Bio coming soon.

Pre-University Webinar Series

Mental health and wellbeing for students

Teacher Wellbeing

The Use of Maths in Psychology

Diversity in Psychology