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Candidate Statement: Nicky Hayes

Chartered Member, Fellow

Proposed by: Joanna K Horne

Seconded by: Stuart Duff

Present Committee role

  • Chair: BPS Committee on Test Standards
    This committee oversees the work of the Psychological Testing Centre, including the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU).

  • Editorial Committee: Assessment & Development Matters
    This magazine is published by the BPS and disseminated to all members of the RQTU, many of whom are not psychologists.

  • Member of Council: International Test Commission
    I am editor of their newsletter Testing International.

Previous Committee experience

I was actively involved in the BPS and a member of its Membership & Qualifications Board from the mid 80s to the early 2000s, during which time I:

  • helped to raise awareness of pre-degree psychology in the Society
  • helped to establish what eventually became DARTP
  • chaired the first BPS CPD committee
  • initiated discussions which eventually resulted in the establishment of the PTC and the RQTU.
  • helped to promote the establishment of the Qualitative Methods section
  • participated actively in and contributed papers to a number of Society conferences.

In 2003 I took a career break for family reasons during which time I ran a small business in the north of Scotland. Returning to the BPS in 2015 I joined the DARTP committee and edited their journal "Psychology Teaching", and also joined the Committee on Test Standards (CTS) as Senior Editor of the magazine "Assessment Matters". In 2018 I became chair-elect of CTS.

Membership of Divisions, Sections, Special Groups or Branches

Division of Occupational Psychology Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology Qualitative Methods Section Scottish Branch Register of Qualifications in Test Use

Personal Statement

I have put myself forward for this position because of my strong belief in the value of psychology to society, and in the pivotal role that the BPS can play in contributing to that value.

My career in psychology has always focused around communication: I have written over 30 books on psychology which have been the first point of contact with the discipline for many professional psychologists.

In the 1980s I helped to promote public exams in psychology at GCSE, A Level and the International Baccalureate, through examining, syllabus development, scrutiny panels and BPS Board activity, and was awarded for this work by the Society in 1997.

In the 1990s and early 2000s my main contributions were in applied psychology, with a focus on social psychological processes in organisations, and I also worked in the science communication field, specifically in terms of the psychological processes involved in developing and evaluating interactive science projects. In both of these fields and several others I contributed actively to conferences, training, and working parties.

Since resuming work as a writer and consultant, I am largely in control of my own time, and therefore feel able to make a full commitment to the role of president.

I feel strongly that the challenges thrown up by the recent pandemic have shown how much we need psychology.

My life experience has repeatedly convinced me that we can contribute positively to virtually all aspects of everyday life.

Psychologists everywhere are working to identify and repair the damage caused by the pandemic, but I feel that our public presence, and the influence of the Society in public life, is currently less than it has been in the past.

As president, I would work to raise that profile, and believe that my experience makes me well suited for this role.

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