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.
As a student member you'll get:
- Access to dozens of events each year, including careers events where you can learn from psychology professionals
- Online 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 ambassador - 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
Student membership is open to everyone studying on a BPS accredited undergraduate degree, conversion course or WPW course.
Our membership runs on a 12 month cycle and 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.
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.
Student Committee - call for new members 2023-2024
We are currently recruiting new members to join the committee in November 2023.
Current Student Committee
Hi! I am Ellie and I am the Chair of the student committee. As chair my aim to promote the wider inclusion of students in the BPS in matters where student voices may not have been included. A fun fact about me is that I love yoga and I am currently working towards my handstand.
Bio to follow.
I am Angel Au, a second year MSci psychology student at University College London and your Chair-Elect. Apart from working and volunteering at mental health charities, I enjoy singing, song writing, writing, illustrating and playing video games.
I’m Sim, and I am the Communications Officer for the student committee for the BPS. I’m a final year psychology student at the Open University. A fun fact about me; I’m currently training in Makaton and beginning to learn Korean!
Hello everyone! My name is Kara Leatherbarrow, and I am the Mental Health Advocate for the BPS Student Committee. I am a third year psychology student at Goldsmiths University, and I will be beginning a master’s at UCL in September!
Bio coming soon.
Hi everyone, my name is Anisa To. I am the Diversity and Inclusion Lead of the BPS Student Committee and a final year student studying MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Reading.
I am Kerry Fisher; I am a level six criminology and psychology student through Arden University and the new EFPSA Representative for the BPS Student Committee. Fun fact! I lived in various parts of Spain over the course of nearly 13 years and am a fluent Spanish speaker.
Hi everyone, my name is Junyan Guo (Nick). I am the Vice EFPSA (European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations) Rep, and I am a third year student studying MA psychology and international relations at the University of St Andrews.
A fun fact about me is that I have recently started to enjoy travelling alone after my solo trip to Greece.
Bio to follow.
Hi everyone! My name is Phoebe Cox, and I am Co-Editor of the BPS PsychTalk magazine. I'm also a second year BSc psychology student at the Open University. A fun fact is that I grew up as a third culture kid and so I have a particular interest in cross-cultural psychology, and hope to research more about the psychology of TCKs in the future!
My name is Chris Grimwood and I sit on the Student Committee as the Lead Student Ambassador. This role is the link between all our regional Ambassadors and the committee. I ensure that the committee are aware of the good work being done by our ambassadors! Interesting facts - I currently serve in the Royal Air Force, and last year I reached the final audition for the Open University's University Challenge team! I love trying new things and have recently taken up equestrianism!
Position current vacant.
Hello everyone! My name is Lauren Cannon. I am currently the Scotland Representative for the BPS Student Committee, and I'm in my third year at Strathclyde. An interesting fact about me is that I chose to travel Europe instead of finishing high school - and yet here I am at university!
Hello readers! My name is Mercy Durodola. I am currently the Welsh representative for the BPS Student Committee, and I am also a third year psychology student at Swansea University. My interesting fact is that, despite having low natural spatial awareness, I have fallen in love with rollerblading and ice-skating in order to develop my co-ordination skills!
Do you ever wish you had a huge network of peers at different stages of their psychology studies to learn from and share your experience with?
Well, you do! Come and be part of our online student community, where you can post your questions or share your thoughts on everything from careers to cats, share your take on the latest podcast you listened to – or your experience of exams and studying in our friendly student member community, full of psychology students just like you…
If you're already a student member it's free to sign-up for the community.
If you’re on the first year of a BPS accredited degree course, your membership is included. Just ask your course leader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
- Student Minds - Help through Coronavirus - support for student mental health and wellbeing during (and after) the current pandemic
Mind - Student mental health during coronavirus - information for both new and returning university students, studying full-time or part-time during coronavirus
Student Space - Wellbeing resources and advice - expert information and advice to help you through the challenges of coronavirus
- Discover Uni - Coronavirus (Covid-19) information - information about higher education for current students and potential applicants
- Nidirect - Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice for students in higher education - guidance and advice for students in higher education on issues such as safety and travel, finance and support, etc
- UK Council for International Student Affairs - Coronavirus information for international students - information, support, and FAQs for international students
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND COVID-19 INFECTION PERSPECTIVE - Psych-Talk
Volume: 1 Issue: 101
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Raegan Brooke Shaw
2 nd Prize A Prediction of the Impact Caused by Remote Learning on Student’s Appraisals of Fear Appeals - Psych-Talk
Volume: 1 Issue: 103
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Neili Badulla Waduge
Why we Shouldn’t Talk about Mental Health - Psych-Talk
Volume: 1 Issue: 103
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Toby Engelking
Fear Through the Lens of a Counsellor - Psych-Talk
Volume: 1 Issue: 103
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
Author(s): Samantha Airey
STUDENT COMMITTEE AWARD WINNERS - Psych-Talk
Volume: 1 Issue: 101
Date of Publication: 01-01-2022
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.
Student mental health
- Student Minds - resources and support from the UK's primary student mental health charity
- Mind - How to cope with student life - how you can look after your mental health as a student, including practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support
- Mind - Student mental health during coronavirus - information for both new and returning university students, studying full-time or part-time during coronavirus
- Young Minds - Find help - crisis support, mental health information, and advice on where (and when) to get help
- Students Against Depression - advice, information and guidance to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking
- Samaritans - Information for students - you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to talk about anything that is upsetting you. Call 116 123 (free from any phone), email them or visit a Samaritans branch. The Samaritans Welsh Language Line is available on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).
- Student Space - Wellbeing resources and advice - access free, confidential support services by phoning 0808 189 5260, texting the word STUDENT to 85258, email them, or contact via webchat support. The service is available from 4pm–11pm.
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
- Disability Rights UK - advice and support for disabled people who are studying or wish to study at any level on full-time or part-time education or training courses
- UCAS - Advice and support for new and prospective students with disabilities - information for disabled students (including students with learning differences and mental health conditions)
- Diversity and Ability - Resources - a collection of free reviews, guides, and applications designed to assist and support students at all levels
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.
Careers and professional development webinars
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Being a Forensic Psychologist: from the street to the laboratory - Professor Coral Dando
- Speaker panel - a Q&A session with our expert keynote speakers
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.
- 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, GMBPsS, MBACP (Accred)
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
If you are studying on one of our accredited undergraduate or conversion courses, are passionate about psychology, supporting your fellow students and want to learn new skills along the way – you could be a Volunteer Student Ambassador.
Could you be a BPS Volunteer Student Ambassador?
We would love you to join us to support your fellow psychology student members.
Am I eligible for Chartered membership?
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Am I eligible for Graduate membership?
In order for the society to determine if you’re eligible for Graduate membership you’ll need to complete an online application.
How do I apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC)?
You’ll need to complete an online application for Graduate membership.
The Graduate Basis for Chartered membership will automatically be granted if you’re eligible for Graduate membership. View further information on the Graduate membership (GMBPsS) page.
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