Society action for early career researchers

New survey, and free event.

The British Psychological Society is aiming to better support psychologists, whether postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, or practitioners, in the early stages of their career. The results of a new survey into the experiences of early career researchers has resulted in a free event which will be held in March to help answer the questions many in this group have.

Early last year the BPS Research Board’s Early Career Working Group developed a survey to better ascertain what support this group needed. More than 300 people took part and it revealed that many were unaware of bursaries available to them, there was some confusion over who counts as ‘early career’ and there were many requests for more support and inclusive events and workshops. As a result of these findings BPS early career bursaries have been re-branded so as to be more easily identifiable and early career will now be defined as anyone who is up to eight years post PhD or psychology training.

A free half-day event, titled ‘Building your career after you qualify: An event for early career psychologists’, is being held by the working group on Friday 29 March at the British Psychological Society’s London Office. The event is open to all, whether a BPS member or not, and more information and registration can be found at www.bps.org.uk/earlycareerpsych.

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