The Social Psychology Section (SPS) is part of The British Psychological Society: a non-profit- making educational and professional organisation for psychologist in the UK. It was founded in 1953 and is now a thriving community of social psychologists.
As a section of the British Psychological Society (BPS) it receives financial support from the society and it is represented on major BPS committees and at BPS conferences.
The Social Psychology Section has an elected committee and chair, who manage the on-going requirements for the Section.
Committee members serve for three years, and at least two new members are appointed to the committee every year. The committee always welcomes any additional help and ideas from members.
The Social Psychology Section holds a three-day Annual Conference at which academics, practitioners and students present their views and work. Contributions include papers, symposia, posters and workshops. This is an excellent opportunity for students in particular to present their work for the first time in a supportive and friendly environment. It is also a good opportunity to meet and learn from leading professionals both from the UK and overseas. Bursaries are available for students, to facilitate conference attendance.
The Section committee is seeking to encourage a greater range of social psychology related events throughout the academic year, and would like to offer financial and advisory support to Section members who wish to organise such events outside of the cycle of the Annual Conference. Pump-priming funding is available up to £1500-£2000 within any given year; details can be found on the events and conferences page of the Section website.
The Social Psychology Section aims to:
- Encourage social psychological research.
- Facilitate the development of social psychological knowledge.
- Facilitate and promote the application of social psychological knowledge in different settings.
- Support and facilitate the professional development of social psychologists in Britain.
- Promote social psychological responses to social problems at national and international level.
- Increase public understanding of social psychology.
- Safeguard a central place for social psychology in the curricula of psychology degrees.