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 ongoing 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.
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.