What is a Psychology in the Pub (PiP) event and why do we hold them?
PiPs are informal events, free and open to all. Evening meetings involve a talk by Psychology professionals and practitioners followed by questions. It is felt that the PiPs can be considered as giving CPD value to attending Psychologists. They are fully supported by the British Psychological Society.
The PiP venue is not always in a pub depending on the geographic area and venue availability. The PiP venues, dates and topics are publicised by the BPS, on the SW Branch Web site, and locally through posters, word of mouth, and adverts in local news bulletins and publications as well as our social media channels.
Attendees include Psychology professionals but also include the general public from students to other professionals and the plain curious. The underlying idea behind the PiPs is to promote interchanges between the various and diverse Psychology professions whilst at the same time informing the general public on the broad remit and usefulness of Psychology to society. In addition, the presenters and volunteers running the PiPs can give guidance to interested attendees on how to approach a career in Psychology.
It is still hoped to restart a PiP in Cornwall and this possibility is currently being investigated. The wish to restart a PiP in the Channel Isles, particularly Jersey, is still alive and will be pursued through 2015/2016.
However, the effective running of a PiP requires volunteers. The volunteer tasks varying between arranging speakers, hosting speakers, the running of the PiP on the night, arranging a write-up on the presentation (usually included in the following SW Branch Review), and greeting those attending. Please consider volunteering to assist your local PiP. If you wish to volunteer contact Iain MacLeod, stating what PiP you might be interested in joining and he will pass on you interest to the appropriate PiP lead - Contact email[email protected].