Voluntary Posts

This page contains information about volunteer opportunities with the Society.  Opportunities listed on this page are not remunerated and therefore are not subject to the Society's general terms and conditions of employment.  Volunteers working for the Society are subject to the Code of Conduct for Members undertaking activities on behalf of the Society.


Chair of Qualifications Committee

The Membership and Standards Board (MSB) is seeking to appoint a Chartered Member of the Society to act as Chair of the Qualifications Committee (QC) from June 2018 for a period of three years. The remit of QC (as delegated by MSB) is to oversee the Society’s Qualifications Boards as follows:

  • oversee and maintain HCPC approval of Society qualifications
  • review and monitor the delivery of Society qualifications to ensure that the required standards are maintained
  • develop and issue appropriate guidance and support for candidates
  • propose changes in policy/regulations to MSB as appropriate, and
  • monitor the quality of the provision of Society qualifications.

Full person and role specification can be found here.

For full details on this vacancy or to request a Statement of Interest Form, please, contact Dorota Majcher-Tinney via email or on 0116 252 9529.

The closing date for Statements of Interest is 1 December 2017. Interviews will be held on 12 December 2017 at the Society’s Office in Leicester.


Chair of Ethics Committee 2018-2021

Call for nominations

Nominations are invited for the Chair of the Ethics Committee to serve with immediate effect.

Do you have?

  • In-depth experience of psychology education, research or professional practice.
  • Established expertise in ethical issues.
  • Experience in leading and managing committees.
  • Previous involvement in Society affairs (eg. serving on a member network Committee or a Society Board).

This is a varied and key role that involves representing the Committee both externally and internally at Society meetings.  The post holder will also represent the Society on the European Federation of Psychologist Associations (EFPA) Board of Ethics.

The Ethics Committee reports direct to the Board of Trustees and its Chair is appointed by the Trustees of the Society.

If you wish to be the next Chair of the Ethics Committee and would like to find out more about this important role then please initially contact: Lisa Morrison Coulthard by telephone on 0116 252 9510 for further details.  For a statement of interest form contact Lorraine Isaac

Closing date for receipt of the statements of interest is 18 December 2017.  Applicants must be a member of the Society.


Chair of the Research Board 2018-2021

Call for nominations

  • Could you lead the Board’s strategic vision and take a lead for the Board as a whole in achieving the aims and objectives of promoting psychological science both pure and applied?
  • Could you manage the business of the Board effectively and expeditiously?
  • Could you encourage the full participation of the members of the Board in its business?
  • Could you contribute to the development and implementation of the corporate policies of the Society, as a member of the Board of Trustees and Representative Council?

If you would like to know more then please contact the current Chair of the Board, Professor Daryl O’Connor, c/o Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, Lead Policy Advisor by telephone on 0116 252 9510. For an information pack and a statement of interest form please contact Zoe Mudie.

Closing date for receipt of the statements of interest is 10 January 2018. Applicants must be a member of the Society.


Chair Elect of Educational Psychology (Scotland) Qualifications Board

The Board is seeking to appoint a Chartered Member of the Society who is an educational psychologist to take on the role of Chair Elect. The role of Chair Elect involves shadowing the current Chair on a range of matters before fully taking over as Chair.

The appointment will be fixed term, covering a period of three years and will involve:

  • being responsible to the Qualifications Committee (QC) for the efficient running of the Board;
  • having overall responsibility for the efficient and effective running of the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) and the implementation of the Regulations for the Society’s Postgraduate Qualifications and the Candidate Handbook;
  • chairing meetings of the Board ensuring equitable debate on all issues relating to the Qualification;
  • contributing to the setting of Board meeting agendas, which ensures that all aspects of the Qualification assessment process are addressed and reported to the Board;
  • ensuring that complaints are addressed in a timely manner in consultation with the Qualifications Manager;
  • attending QC on behalf of the Board;
  • approving correspondence and results between meetings, where necessary;
  • advising and inputting into the Qualifications Reference Group (QRG);
  • ensuring effective succession planning and replacement of Board Officers as their term of office becomes due;.
  • complying with all BPS policies, procedures and regulations, including those concerning confidentiality and the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you are interested in applying for this post, please send a Statement of Interest form (these can be requested by contacting Sarah Day, Qualifications Officer) and curriculum vitae.

Interested parties are welcome to contact the current Chair, Martin Gemmell, via Sarah Day for an informal discussion before they put forward their Statement of Interest. Where travel is necessary for face to face meetings the Society will pay travel and subsistence claims in line with current policy.

Full person and role description can be found here.