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Student members

Explore the many benefits of student membership, including the opportunity to transfer to graduate membership and continue your career development as a member of the BPS.

About

As a student member you'll get:

  • Access to dozens of events each year,  including careers events where you can learn from psychology professionals
  • Subscription to our monthly magazine, The Psychologist as well as access to Psych-Talk - written by our students, for our students
  • Access to the student online community - connect with other psychology students across the UK, share ideas and resources, and discuss the latest advances
  • Automatic enrolment to your local branch - meet with psychologists in your area to expand your network and share ideas
  • The chance to become a student rep - help support your fellow students and spread the word about BPS membership
  • Great savings and discounts - membership entitles you to money-off a huge range of textbooks, events and more

View the full range of benefits available to student members.

Student membership is open to everyone studying on a BPS accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course and can cost as little as £26.

Our membership runs on a 12 month cycle. You will be asked to renew your membership with us every 12 months from the date you first joined.

If you pay for your membership by Direct Debit, your membership will automatically renew every 12 months from the date you first joined.

There are a number of ways you can pay your subscription, such as by online card payment (preferred), bank transfer, or by phone.

Start your application now

Careers

Community resources

Psychology mega-threads

Our evolving student community is a great area to look for hints, tips, and advice on all aspects of life as a psychology student or graduate and the various career options available. Explore the many mega-threads centered around careers on the community. 

These threads provide a space for you to discuss and share information on specific areas of psychology, including potential career and qualification paths.

Blogs

The communities also feature a number of blogs by both students (Student Life) and psychologists (A Day in the Life) which provide information and insight into various aspects of life both while still studying and once fully qualified.

Careers and professional development webinars

Is Clinical Psychology for me?

This free event for psychology students and recent graduates was designed to encourage students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to consider clinical psychology as a career, providing information about clinical psychology training programmes and sharing the experiences of BAME colleagues during training and as qualified clinical psychologists.

Careers in psychology 2020

On Saturday 21 November 2020, the society held an all-day online event aimed at helping our student members to explore their career options and learn about where psychology can take them.

As well as exclusive keynote speakers and panel discussions the event also featured several Q&A sessions with representatives from various BPS member groups.

Part 1
  • Welcome and introduction - Hazel McLaughlin, BPS President
  • My route into Clinical Psychology and Beyond - Dr Gemima Fitzgerald
  • The psychology of performance excellence - Dr Mustafa Sarkar CPsychol
Part 2
  • Panel discussion - including practitioner psychologists, BPS student member and representative of the student committee and BPS staff from membership and education & training
  • Cognition and neuroscience: a day in the life - Dr Chris Street
Part 3
  • Being a Forensic Psychologist: from the street to the laboratory - Professor Coral Dando
  • Speaker panel - a Q&A session with our expert keynote speakers

Inspiring careers in Counselling Psychology 2020

On 18 November 2020, the Division of Counselling Psychology Scotland held an online event aimed at those interested in, or thinking of, a career in Counselling Psychology.

Participants heard from a number of professionals who work within a variety of settings such as the NHS, private settings and the third sector.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Suzanne Roos, Consultant Psychologist & Professional Lead for Psychological Therapies, NHS Orkney
  • Dr Siân Clifford CPsychol., Chartered Counselling Psychologist
  • Dr Fani Papayianni, Counselling Psychologist
  • Ben Amponsah, BSc, PGDipl, MBPsS, MBACP (Accred)

So you want to work with children? online careers event

On 10 September 2020, the society's East of England branch held an online careers event entitled 'So you want to work with Children?'

The event featured four speakers with psychology backgrounds who now work with children, each of whom presented a 'Day in the life of' segment describing what a typical day looks like in their role, and this was followed by a panel discussion.

Professional development advice

The society has produced a series of five short videos to highlight the importance of continued professional development (CPD) throughout your career, whether you are studying, in-training, or already practicing.

These videos providing advice on a variety of topics and answer some key questions, such as:

  • The value of professional development
  • Why is CPD important?
  • What are the benefits of engaging in CPD?
  • Advice to peers to encourage CPD engagement
  • How do you approach CPD?

How to ace job interviews

You’re studying hard, but how do you make sure you secure your dream job?

Coming across well in a job interview is an important step towards your landing your perfect job, and there are lots of psychological tips to make sure you come out on top.

The BPS Division of Occupational Psychology have put together some top tips for job interviews to help you stand out from the crowd.

External careers resources

PsychWeb

PsychWeb is a UK network supporting aspiring Clinical Psychologists from underrepresented backgrounds to progress onto DClinPsy.

Find out more about PsychWeb.

The Black Mind Initiative

The Black Mind Initiative is a non-profit organisation which aims to educate, encourage, equip and engage with young Black individuals to increase representation within the mental health field.

Find out more about The Black Mind Initiative.

Committee

The Student Committee represents student members of the society in matters pertaining to education, discipline and policy.

We promote communication between student members through the annual student conference and through international links with psychology students and associations world-wide via the European Federation of Psychology Student's Association (EFPSA).

We also organise a range of events throughout the year, such as seminars and networking opportunities, and are responsible for the publication of the PsychTalk magazine.

Current Student Committee vacancies

Chair-Elect
  • The chair-elect shadows the chair's actions, meetings, discussions and teleconferences as appropriate. They will take over and support administration tasks

  • Take over as chair closer to the end of the academic year where the current chair is still available for questions/supervision

  • To attend meetings if the chair cannot attend

Deputy Chair
  • To support the chair and act as an alternative to the chair when needed

  • To undertake admin work to support the chair (e.g. writing minutes, agendas, etc.)  

Welsh Rep
  • Liaise with stakeholders (i.e. Welsh branch of the BPS and psychology departments of local universities)

  • Promote awareness of the BPS student committee through student event hosting and attending

  • Support other members of the committee when events are being organised within their region of responsibility, i.e. Wales

Communications officer
  • The communications lead is the lynchpin for all communications activities for the Committee. You will draw on the knowledge, expertise and activities of the network to deliver engaging communications to existing members - and help to attract new members too.

  • Find out more about the role of Student Committee Communications Officer.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for any of these roles, please complete a statement of interest form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Member Networks team.

Find out more about the expectations and requirements of being part of the Student Committee.

 

Current Student Committee

Chair: Aiko Leung

Aiko Leung 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.

Aiko hopes to expand the current available services to more students across the UK and aims to provide more academic, research and career opportunities by joining the committee. For instance, she strives to create a research participant pool, which allows students to have easier access to participant recruitment for their research projects, encourages students to inspire each other and provides an interactive platform for students to learn about the diversified areas of psychology together. She also emphasises strongly on diversity and equality, thus strives to create that by negotiating opportunities and changes with professional bodies on behalf of all psychology students across the UK.

Email Aiko 

Deputy Chair: Doyeon (Angela) Lee

Bio to follow.

Chair Elect: Eleanor Duncan

Bio to follow.

Communications Officer: Alexia Vasiliou

Bio to follow. 

Committee Member: Vacant

  • Hannah Whitfield is a final-year psychology student at the University of St Andrews. She aspires to become a qualified political psychologist. She has a keen interest in the psychology of voting, specifically research into why people vote the way they do in elections and the extent to which party affiliation impacts an individual’s vote.

    As an ordinary member of the committee, Hannah aims to help create inclusive events that allow members to diversify their knowledge and understanding of psychology and provide good opportunities for members to network with other students across the UK. She also aims to increase student engagement with the BPS by supporting the work of other committee members and promoting events and membership within her academic community.

Committee Member: Hyunjun (Junie) Wee

Junie Wee is a second-year Economics and Psychology student at the University of St Andrews, where he also serves as a student ambassador and the Secretary of the United Nations Association St Andrews. He is currently a member of the EFPSA Executive Board, and the National Coordinator for the EFPSA’s “Mind the Mind” campaign to help combat the stigma of mental disorders in the UK.

He is interested in social and evolutionary psychology, and he is intending to pursue a clinical psychology route. He is working towards gaining research experience to help him gain more exposure to different areas in psychology and develop his research skills.

He hopes to further promote BPS’s work, and its importance to our students and our society. He believes that adapting to the needs of our students and encouraging a greater student participation are crucial in creating a truly enriching experience for students.

Committee Member: Sophie Worrall

Sophie Worrall is currently a 3rd year student at the University of Derby Online Learning. This program makes it possible for her to determine the rate at which she studies as well as having flexibility of hours, while still gaining Graduate Based Chartership with the BPS.

Sophie’s overall aspiration in psychology is to become a clinical psychologist. So far, she has been involved in writing a published research project about revenge pornography, attending BPS Midlands and North-West Conferences, and also Liverpool Aspiring Psychologists Group meetings which she describes as rewarding.

This year, Sophie hopes to raise awareness of EFPSA’s Mind the Mind (MtM) campaign and collate a group of volunteers to take this psychoeducation into schools and groups across the UK.

PsychTalk Editor: Sarah-Jayne Collett

Sarah-Jayne Collett is a 2nd year undergraduate Psychology with Counselling mature student at The Open University. This provides her the flexibility to study and work part time.

Before attending university, she was living in China teaching English and before that working in Cyprus painting wall murals with the children at the Youth Club.

Sarah-Jayne grew up in a military household which instigated her interest in how war affected the families and what support was there for those deployed and the families at home. With this experience she realised her aspiration is to be an Art Psychotherapist combining both her creative attributes and desire to help people therapeutically.

Sarah-Jayne wants to contribute to the awareness of the student committee and try to make it an integral part of Psychology students’ journey throughout their development. She also looks forward to being part of this team and part of the future of Psychology.

Incoming PsychTalk Editor: Sarah Giles

Bio to follow. 

Assistant PsychTalk Editors: Candice Smith and Joanne Booth

Bio to follow.

Events Officer - Edith Lee

Edith Lee is heading into her third year at the University of St Andrews, studying an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Psychology. With a keen interest in political psychology, she is undertaking research on how cultural dynamics interact with the personality traits of political leaders, and how this sum interaction shapes their leadership styles and decision-making processes, especially in times of crises.

As the Events Officer, Edith aims to procure events that engage more closely with the psychology student communities across the different universities in the UK to build a stronger network of aspiring psychologists. Being aware of the ever-popular demand for concrete opportunities that further psychology students’ professional development, she is hoping to work on events that gives students hands-on opportunities to explore their career aspirations and goals within the field of psychology.

Diversity and Inclusion Lead - Felex Ndebele

Felix Ndebele is a first year MSc Psychology conversion degree student at the University of Derby (UDOL). He has been a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in the IAPT service (NHS) for 11 years and is looking at going into Clinical Psychology. Prior to completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2010 at Coventry University, Felix completed a Dip HE in Mental Health Nursing at Birmingham City University.

Felix is passionate about equality and diversity agenda. He is currently a cultural ambassador at Coventry and Warwickshire PCT having completed 5 days cultural ambassador training facilitated by RCN in 2017. He has been instrumental in the formation and facilitation of B.A.M.E forums in the Coventry and Warwickshire PCT. Felix also runs a service user forum group for the IAPT service. This is a group designed to enable the patients express their views on how they want the service to be run. As the Diversity and Inclusion Lead within the Society’s Student Committee, Felix hopes to push for equal opportunities to Psychology Doctorate programmes for all students regardless of gender, disability, and race. Felix is aware that current Clinical Psychology Doctorate intakes are biased against students from the B.A.M.E community. He will endeavour to engage the BPS leadership and the student communities across the UK universities to find ways to push this agenda.

Universities and Societies Officer - Brandon Fuller

Brandon is currently studying BSc Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He has an admiration and interest for both time psychology and theories surrounding the collective unconscious, aiming to pursue these interests to eventually lecture in these specific areas. Alongside his role on the Student Committee, he sits as President of Nottingham Trent’s Psychology Society and hopes to extend the positive work that he has done for the society to other universities, creating a collective community experience for all students of Psychology.

Mental Health Lead - Eleanor Duncan

Ellie Duncan is a first year Psychology student studying at the Loughborough University. She is keen to follow a career into Clinical Psychology with her top aspirations to gain a clinical psychology doctorate.

Her previous experience has involved being a member of her local NHS trusts Youth Board for 4 years. As part of this she has been involved in the development of an award-winning mental health app and a men’s mental health campaign.

As the mental health advocate for the committee, Ellie aims to raise awareness of student mental wellbeing as well as providing vital support for students through a series of events and via social media platforms.

Email Ellie

EFPSA Representative: Anna Foster

Anna is a part-time, mature student, studying a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Counselling at the Open University. She is also a qualified language teacher with a MSc degree in TESOL. Anna has a particular interest in educational and forensic psychology. Alongside her studies, she works in clinical research governance. Since 2019 she has been a member of one of the Scottish Research Ethics Committees.

EFPSA Representative: Natan Chromik

Natan Chromik is currently studying BSc Psychology at King’s College London (KCL) University and working as an Honorary Research Assistance for AIMS-2-TRIALS associated with Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience. He has a particular interest in social and clinical psychology although he finds occupational psychology relatable as Natan mentor a few entrepreneurs and their business. His current goal is to become Chartered Clinical Psychologist.

He had privileged to complete nationally recognised Civic Leadership Academy and King’s Principle Global Leadership Award. In the past, Natan was working with the autistic children as a part of his year-long internship at Home-Start which motivated him to participate in the research-based placement about autism diagnostic measures. Currently, Natan is working on achieving Enterprise Award for his outstanding entrepreneurial skills set. Recently, he had been awarded with the KCL Cultural Competency diploma.

Natan joined the committee with the aim to connect students on international level to create more academic and social opportunities for all the psychology students across the UK. He believes that cooperation between all committee members and wider academic community would lead towards a successful fulfilment of the BPS developmental strategy.

As Member Organisation President of the EFPSA (European Federation of Psychology Students Associations), Natan duties involve representing the psychology undergraduate students in the U.K. and cooperate with the wider European community of psychology students in upcoming projects.

Representative for Northern Ireland: Ian Danton

Ian lives in Omagh in Northern Ireland with his wife Kathy and the youngest of his three children Niamh, with the other two now attending University. He works full time in retail while studying a MSc in psychology part time at the University of Derby Online and is currently completing his final year research project.

After a career in retail, Ian decided to follow his passion for understanding and supporting other people from an academic approach, his plan is to eventually retire from retail and hopefully pursue a second career in psychological research.

Although not originally from Northern Ireland, Ian has a deep desire to give back to the community that welcomed him so readily. This, coupled with his appreciation for what the BPS can do in creating networks for both research and wider societal benefit, means he is keen to make it easier and more natural for NI students to connect and gain from what the BPS has to offer.

Representative for Scotland: Ben Kennard

In addition to his psychology studies, Ben Kennard is also a self-employed communications advisor and works on communications projects on a client basis. As a former Communications Officer for the BPS Student Committee, Ben recently moved into the Scotland Representative role. Having grown up in Ireland and having lived several years in various European countries, Ben fell in love with Scotland and its people and now considers it his adopted homeland.

As Scotland Representative, Ben seeks to work closely with Scottish universities to unite Scottish students and ensure their collective voice is represented in the BPS. Ben seeks to build on the success of past editions of the Scottish Undergraduate Conference to ensure all Scottish psychology students, regardless of background, have the opportunity to improve their skills and competences and gain access careers in the field of psychology. Ben is currently studying for an MSc in Psychology (Conversion) part-time at BPP University.

Representative for Wales: Vacant

This position is vacant.

PsyPAG Representative: Tanya Shrader

Tanya Shrader is a third year PhD researcher at Staffordshire University studying the dark side of conspiracy theories. The aim of her research is to investigate the role of conspiracy theory beliefs in the harmful conduct towards people based on their group membership (e.g. immigrants in the UK).

Tanya has been a psychology student advocate at Staffordshire University since 2014 and advises prospective students at undergraduate and postgraduate open events. This has afforded her insight into the views, expectations and challenges faced by students, including barriers they may face while studying.

As a mature student, she has been able to share her experiences and offer practical advice and reassurance that there are no barriers to university education which cannot be overcome with the appropriate support. Tanya also teaches Introduction to Research Methods and is a research assistant on the Research Impact team for REF2021.

Community

Our student online community is the place to meet and chat with other psychology students, access our database of online resources, find out about upcoming events, and more.

If you're already a student member it's free to sign-up for the community.

Join now

Events

Attending a variety of events is just one of the many benefits of your BPS membership.

They enable you to grown your network, create connections and deepen your understanding of key topics. The student committee is regularly organising events for its community, along with wider BPS organised events.

Please read on to find out more about what we have planned.

Beyond The Lecture Theatre

The Beyond the Lecture Theatre (BTLT) series is the first independent event organised by the Student Committee. It aims to facilitate a discussion between professionals from our field and our student members that goes beyond the classic university lecturer theatre. We do that by focusing on topics that are not necessarily part of the BPS curriculum and by hosting our events in non-conventional venues, (or virtually at the moment). You can always expect the unexpected. For example, when discussing brain and cognition we turned our attention to dance and in fact, we had professional dancers giving our attendees a workshop. 

Since the first edition in England, BTLT travelled to Wales and Scotland and is now online. We’ve covered Sport, Cognitive, Social, Developmental and Forensic Psychology and we are going to continue to cover other areas of Psychology. Our speakers are from all over the world and hold different credentials. So you can always expect a diverse and inclusive variety of professionals that promise to bring different insights and expertise to challenge your thinking.

BTLT is a popular and accessible event that the Student Committee is very proud of. The networking and buzz are always fantastic and we always try to innovate with each event. It is the perfect way to learn interesting things, make friends and have a good time. 

Talks and Thoughts

The BPS is an intricate organisation to navigate and often for a student, it can be quite challenging. The society is formed of a variety of member networks such as branches, divisions, faculties and special groups. As a student, you can be part of some of those networks or even be a Student Rep for their Committees. To help you better understand the intricate ways of the BPS we started Talks and Thoughts (T&T).

T&T brings different professionals from other member networks and tell our student members more about their own expertise, their career path and their current role with the BPS. It is very inspirational to hear other people journeys and very helpful to find out how you can connect and benefit from the support of a member network and maximise your BPS membership.

Our first edition was very popular and we have already confirmed the next edition.

International Psychology Student Conference 

Our student members are international and we are passionate about expanding our network across borders. Our profession relies on cultural differences and collaboration.

Sadly, Brexit and the pandemic made things rather difficult. This is why we decided to run our first ever international student conference.

For the first time ever our event allowed students from all over the world to join us at the same price as our student members. We also offered 15 free spaces for students facing financial hardship.

The theme for the first conference was 'equality and inclusion, connections in an international context' and we had a diverse panel of well-established professionals who talked about their expertise and international experience and their view on what it means to connect and promote equality and inclusion.

As well as a packed agenda the event included plenty of time for students to network and connect, and we hope this will be the start of a long tradition of international connections across our profession and that the event will grow to be a real highlight on the calendar for students and professionals.

Student member group workshops

To further support our members we designed a series of workshops that will draw on both academic and professional expertise. The first workshop looked at writing for a publication focusing on our in-house student magazine Psych-Talk. All these workshops are free to attend and at future editions we plan to cover poster presentation, CV and interview skills, grant applications, postgraduate applications and much more. We would also love to hear your ideas on what we should cover, so please do get in touch with our Events Officer and share your thoughts.

Undergraduate conferences

A number of BPS branches hold undergraduate conferences which are fantastic ways to broaden your network and deepen your understanding of important topics. Engaging with your branch is a great way to maximise your BPS membership and open up new opportunities for you. Keep an eye on the branch microsites and the main BPS events site for all the info you need.

Your Future in Psychology

The Your Future in Psychology event is the perfect event for A Level Psychology students and teachers. It gives a fantastic insight into the A Level psychology curriculum, with a stellar line up of speakers who cover key topics of the A Level and Highers curriculum, giving students a deeper understanding and bringing topics to life.

Alongside the speakers, specific CPD workshops for teachers and tutors also offer advice and guidance on topics to teachers and tutors the support and guidance needed to support and inspire their students.

This event will run online again in 2021, ensuring that students and teachers from across the country will be able to attend.

Careers in Psychology

The BPS Careers in Psychology is aimed at final year undergraduate and postgraduate students and provides invaluable advice on career progression. The event brings together a range of inspiring speakers who share stories of their career paths – some less conventional than you may think. The speakers share expertise and insights from their disciplines offering unique insight into just where psychology can take you.

Last year saw keynotes from Sabrina Cohen Hatton and Coral Dando to name a few. As well as exclusive keynote speakers and panel discussions there are also Q&A sessions with representatives from various BPS member groups.

The event will run again online in 2021, offering students from across the country the chance to attend.

Psych-Talk

Writing for Psych-Talk

The BPS publishes its own member network-specific publications.

Psych-Talk is one such BPS publication specifically comprising of articles written by undergraduate student members.

The Psych-Talk page gives information on word counts, deadlines, etc, but we've also provided the following hints and tips to think about if you're considering submitting something to Psych-Talk for publication.

Steps for writing for Psych-Talk:

  1. Pick a topic you're interested in - we love getting articles about general topics, but the best ones seem to have a passionate flair to them
  2. go through our past publications - if you're unsure about what to write, going through what we've chosen to publish before might help you get a better understanding of what to submit
  3. Start simple, then funnel - Alice Thomson, the winner of The Psychologist's Student Competition suggested using a technique where she wrote down every idea related to the topic in it's simplest form, then grouping them together into common themes that would form paragraphs. This helps organise your article better
  4. Communicate with other BPS student members - the BPS student community includes several discussion threads started by members on topics that can help inspire you into writing for us
  5. Don't be afraid of being controversial - we are open to articles that specifically look at controversial topics as a publication that hopes to provide a platform to varying perspectives
  6. However, be as objective as you can - this is still a scientific publication representative of the BPS student community. A high level of objectivity when writing is a prerequisite for most of our articles

Blogs

Taking the next steps after graduation: what to do if it all seems unclear

For many students, you might be uncertain about your next steps, you might be unsure as to whether you want to continue studying or look to start a career, armed with all the skills and transferable skills your psychology degree has given you.

If that’s you, you’re not alone, so we've asked BPS graduate member Lloyd Emeka for some advice on making sense of the future when it all feels a bit uncertain.

Read the full article on taking the next steps after graduation.

Three top tips on moving from undergraduate to postgraduate study

Making the transition from being an undergraduate student to a postgraduate researcher, or a taught postgraduate student, can be tricky. While they may look similar from the outside, the experience of being an undergraduate versus a postgraduate are markedly different in a number of ways.

PhD researcher Maddi Pownall, chair of PsyPAG (the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group) gave her advice for managing the transition.

Read the full article on moving from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

Transferable skills from your psychology degree

This information and advice has been gathered from the BPS careers portal and BPS accredited courses in psychology.

Read the full article on transferable skills from your psychology degree.

Students and social isolation

While the pandemic has had an impact on all of our lives, university students have been particularly affected by lockdown and social isolation.

Mariyah Mandhu, BPS Partnership and Accreditation Officer, considers what effect the last 12 months have had on our student community.

Read the full article on students and social isolation.

Adapting to university during Covid-19: a student’s perspective

As students, autumn always brings the excitement of returning to university. But this year the return will look very different due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

To best support students, and understand the impact of the pandemic on their studies and research, the BPS is running a Covid-19 impact survey, and wants to hear your views.

Read the full article on adapting to university during Covid-19.

Riding the rollercoaster of results day

Results day can be a rollercoaster, and you will likely experience a range of emotions, from nervous anticipation to joy and excitement, and maybe even a hefty dose of disappointment if things don't go the way you want.

Read the full article on riding the rollercoaster of results day.

Support

The purpose of this area is to direct users to resources and guidelines that are available online. Inclusion should not be taken to imply endorsement.

Guidance and support

Student mental health

Students experiencing racism

  • Racism and mental health - Young Minds - information on how to get help if you've experienced racism

  • Black Minds Matter UK - connecting Black individuals and families with free mental health services by professional Black therapists.

  • Stop Hate UK - support for victims and witnesses of hate crimes and discrimination

  • Covid-19 Anti-Racism Group - information and resources to address the increase in racism and hate crime towards British East Asians and international students arising from the Covid-19 pandemic

Students with disabilities

Coronavirus resources

Guidance for aspiring psychologists and supervisors during Covid-19

This document provides guidance to those who employ and/or supervise individuals in assistant psychologist and other associated posts, both within the NHS and privately, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This guidance has been written to offer a structure of support for those aspiring psychologists who are working during this difficult period.

Please utilise this document alongside existing NHS Trust policies and other guidance referenced throughout, particularly the BPS Guidance for psychological professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020).

Read our guidance for aspiring psychologists and their supervisors during Covid-19.

Supporting young people into training, learning, and work during Covid-19

This document is aimed at professionals who support young people at key points of transition into work, training and further learning.

It will be of special interest to teachers, educational psychologists, social workers, careers advisors, mentors, third sector workers as well as graduate recruiters.

Drawing on a robust psychological evidence-base the document offers advice about steps to take in the context of Covid-19, recognising some of the challenges faced by young people and suggesting approaches to support a way forward.

Read our guide to supporting young people into training, learning, and work.

DClinPsych Training and Covid-19

The British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology, the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK and the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology have jointly produced this document to answer a range of questions raised by trainee clinical psychologists.

Together we are working to think of ways trainee clinical psychologists can continue to obtain their competencies to assure a future psychological workforce, which will be much needed following this crisis.

In considering the phases of psychological response, there is a strong rationale for utilising trainee and qualified clinical psychologists’ skills in multiple contexts, now and in the future.

Read the guidance on DClinPsych Training during Covid-19.

Starting DClinPsy Training in 2020

On 26 August 2020 the DCP Pre-Qualification group hosted a webinar for the DClinPsy 2020 intake to provide a space for reflections and Q&A in relation to starting training during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The focus of the event was on issues around being a trainee during coronavirus and the implications of remote teaching and placements, as well as discussions about starting training more generally.

The event featured representatives from:

  • BPS DCP Pre-Qualification Group
  • BPS DCP Minorities Sub-Group
  • BPS DCP Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology
  • BPS Workforce and Training
  • ACP Director of Trainees
  • Community Psychology Representatives

External guidance and support

Volunteer

Online volunteering and professional training recommendations

We have noticed increased interest in gaining experience and undertaking volunteering roles online. See our list of recommended organisations as follows. 

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the Membership team

Online volunteering organisations

The BPS also advertises job vacancies for psychology graduates, including roles, such as 'Assistant Psychologist' and 'Research Assistant'.

View a full list of opportunities available Jobs in Psychology.  

You may also like to visit one of the following organisations:

Another option for gaining more experience could be to train as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

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Student ambassadors

Could you be a British Psychological Society Volunteer Student Ambassador?

Awards

Student Committee Awards - nominate now!

Nominations are now open for the inaugural Student Committee Awards which will celebrate the outstanding contributions of students and professionals to the student committee and community over the past year.

We believe these awards will be a fantastic way to mark the contributions of both students and professionals so if you know someone who has gone above and beyond in the past year please do nominate them.

The student committee is delighted to announce the two award categories:

  • The Student Committee Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Contribution
  • The Student Committee Professional Award for Outstanding Support

Nominations are open now and close on Thursday 9 September at 4pm.

The winners will be announced on 22 September.

The Student Committee Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Contribution

The Undergraduate Student Outstanding Contribution Award is a new award which celebrates the work of psychology undergraduate students or those who graduated within the last academic year. We welcome nominations from or on behalf of students who have demonstrated a positive contribution to the discipline, their local community or promoted student wellbeing.

Nominations can be made via the online form which includes full guidance on how to complete the nomination and the supporting evidence needed.

Submit a nomination

The Student Committee Professional Award for Outstanding Support

The Professional Contribution Award is a new award which celebrates the work of psychology professionals who have supported the Student Committee or promoted and advocated for student matters at a national level. We welcome nominations from or on behalf of professionals who demonstrated a positive contribution for students or a valuable support for the Student Committee.

Nominations can be made via the online form which includes full guidance on how to complete the nomination and the supporting evidence needed.

Submit a nomination