Voices In Psychology

A round-up of our regular programme to identify and nurture new writing talent in Psychology.

In 2018, we launched our new 'Voices In Psychology' programme. As we explained then:

We’re always listening out for ‘Voices in Psychology’. People who can take often complex ideas and communicate them in a way that will engage and inform our large and diverse audience. Writers with real impact, who are learning to avoid some of the traps of academic writing. They’re the future of our science, of our Society, of our magazine.

But perhaps you need help to find that voice. Perhaps you’ve got that certain something but you need practice, nurturing. We think we’ve made a real effort with this in recent years, providing opportunities and guidance to many first-time authors. Now we’ve started to develop a more formal structure to this process…


Since then, we have asked regular questions and published selections of the best responses. Here, we gather them together (linked from the titles):

Why do we need Psychology? And what does Psychology need? Zoe Sanderson, Gunjan Sharma, Beth Carrington, Ciara Wild, Becky Scott, Beth Clare McManus, Daniella Watson

What makes a Psychologist? Hayley Gains, Tom Hostler, Stephanie Droop, Laura Oxley, Daniella Nayyar, plus several runners up

What are the barriers to our profession, and how can we remove them? Winners: Joanna Atkinson, Nicolo Zarotti, Charlotte Leedale, Fiona Gilton. Runners up: Will Sham, Kavita Solder, Karina Webb, Annayah Prosser, Amanda Owles, Sarah Idowu 

What Very Important thing have you lost or found on your psychology journey? Congratulations to Holly Risdon, Leah Orme, Jillian Geary and Joshua Sewell.


Our next question is simply 'How can we flourish?'

We're also interested in the question 'How can the British Psychological Society flourish?' 

Deadline is Thursday 1 April. Word limit is 1000, and it's vital you write with our publication and audience in mind. 

Please submit by email to [email protected] and include a bit about yourself – your aspirations, and how you’re looking to engage with the communication of psychology. While we are not exclusively aiming this at students, we are mostly interested in identifying high potential amongst those starting out in their journey in psychology. One submission per person please, and unfortunately we cannot respond to everyone.

We hope to publish a selection of the best responses online and in print too, in a special summer 2021 edition. Some of the winning entrants will be offered support in developing their ‘Voice in Psychology’, through the provision of advice and opportunities to write more in various contexts.

Get writing – and don’t be shy! If you’ve got a head bubbling with questions, original ideas about psychology beyond the lecture theatre, and a desire to make a difference, then that’s a good place to start. You don’t have to be the finished article to be Very Important to us!

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor

Maddi Pownall, University of Leeds
Associate Editor for Voices In Psychology

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