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ATP International Psychology Teachers' Conference 2019

The ATP Annual Conference: For the Teacher, by the teacher

Friday 5th July - Saturday 6th July 2019 at University of Leicester

Bookings for this event have now closed..

This includes two full days of conference, B&B, all meals, wine reception, gala dinner and entertainment, a choice of 49 breakout events, including workshops run by awarding bodies, three internationally renowned keynote speakers and an exhibition featuring key publishers, awarding bodies and more. Plus, the chance to network, get invaluable resources and ideas to support your teaching as well as a chance to unwind and get inspired for the new academic year. It is also in the home of the British Psychological Society!

Speakers - more to follow!

Dr Robert Nash, Aston University - When feedback is forgotten
Rob will be speaking about his research into how well students retain the feedback we give them on their work, a full abstract can be found here and you can see his bio at the bottom of the page.

Professor Craig Jackson, Birmingham City University - The Science of Offender Profiling
It’s commonly understood that the practice of offender criminal profiling has limited scientific support or field-based evidence when trying to identify unknown serial sexual offenders or murderers. Although a theoretically interesting premise, psychological inferences based on crime scene evidence and profiles based upon them have a poor history of success. Evidence of the weakness of criminal profiling will be outlined, including how faulty profiles have hampered major police investigations and have allowed offenders to continue offending while law enforcement were looking in the wrong direction for them. Offender behavioural profiling has however led to the development of more promising and data-driven alternatives from the realm of Investigative Psychology such as Geographic Profiling. Geographical Profiling allows investigators to use our understanding of how offenders “move through the world” and how their relationship with the world around them (and their victims and their own geographical impact) can influence their offending behaviours. Understanding offenders’ geographic profiles can be key factors in both live investigations and evidence gathering procedures on serial offences.

Professor Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University - Behavioural addiction in the 21st century: A brief personal overview
Behavioural addiction has become a topic of increasing research interest. There is now a growing movement that views a number of behaviours as potentially addictive including many that do not involve the ingestion of a drug (such as gambling, sex, exercise, work, videogame playing and social networking). The last decade has witnessed a significant increase in the number of empirical studies examining various aspects of behavioural addiction. This talk argues that all addictions consist of a number of distinct common components (salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal, conflict and relapse) and that many behaviours can be considered genuine addictions using these criteria. Using the example of gambling addiction, the talk will also show how psychology is used by the gambling industry in the acquisition, development and maintenance of gambling behaviour.

The ATP Fringe - Thursday 4th July

We are very excited to announce the ATP Fringe event. We were asked to organise this by delegates who were rather disappointed that we were going down to two condensed days. The Fringe event will take place on the Thursday night before conference begins. This is the day the committee traditionally gets together to set everything up for you.

So, if you are arriving on the Thursday (you can book Thursday night accommodation through the booking link below) here's the plan:

We will be getting a take away dinner to eat in the accommodation kitchens. You are welcome to get your own and eat with us or pitch in and we'll order food together. We'll do this about 6.30-7.00pm. At 8.00pm we'll go down to the bar, where you'll be treated to one of our famous (infamous?) ATP quizzes with prizes of course, followed at 9pm by the absolute legend that is Phil Banyard who will be our Psychologist in the Pub.

So, how much will this all cost? Apart from paying for your food and any drinks you want from the bar, ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Just let us know if you'll be joining us. You are welcome to join in whatever time you arrive.

Book early to avoid disappointment as Thursday night spaces are limited.
(only available in addition to the whole conference package)

Membership Information

In order to keep conference costs low for you, delegates are required to be members. The non-member fee provides temporary ‘membership’ status for the duration of the conference but without the advantage of receiving ATP Today magazine three times a year and/or other benefits. To sign up to be a member (and save on the conference fee), simply go to the ATP Membership page to pay via PayPal or standing order.

Bookings for this event have now closed. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227771.


Friday 5th July 2019

Please note this is a draft programme and subject to change

09:00Registration & refreshments
10:00Conference opens – Gilbert Murray lecture theatre
10:30Keynote - Professor Mark Griffiths – Gilbert Murray lecture theatre
11:30Breakout One (choice of 7 workshops)
12:30Lunch & exhibition
13:30Breakout Two (choice of 7 workshops)
14:30Breakout Three (choice of 7 workshops)
15:30Tea/coffee break & exhibition - OUP Sponsored cake in the exhibition
16:00Breakout Four (choice of 7 workshops)
18:45Getting to know you - Quenby Room
19:15Wine reception – Gilbert Murray lecture theatre sponsored by Hodder Education
20:00Gala dinner & entertainment – John Foster Hall dining room – sponsored by The British Psychological Association

Saturday 6th July 2019

Please note this is a draft programme and subject to change

07:30Breakfast – John Foster Hall dining room
07:55Morning meditation/mindfulness - Meet in the dining room
09:00Breakout Five (choice of 7 workshops)
10:00Refreshment break & exhibition
10:30Keynote - Dr Robert Nash - Gilbert Murray lecture theatre
12:00Breakout Six (choice of 7 workshops)
13:00Lunch & exhibition sponsored by Leicester School of Psychology
14:00Breakout Seven (choice of 7 workshops)
15:00Refreshments & exhibition ATP cake in the exhibition celebrating 50 years of teaching A level Psychology!
15:30Keynote - Professor Craig Jackson, Tim Gregson-Williams memorial lecture, sponsored by Hodder Education - Gilbert Murray lecture theatre
17:00Conference closes

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Robert Nash

Dr Robert Nash is a Senior Lecturer, and Director of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching, in the Department of Psychology at Aston University, Birmingham. He completed his bachelors degree and PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick, before holding positions at Lancaster University and the University of Surrey, and moving to Aston in 2015.
Broadly, Rob studies human memory and cognition. In particularly interested in people's memory for past events and their own experiences (i.e., episodic and autobiographical memory), with a main focus on the factors that can shape, bias, or distort what we remember and believe about the past.
Rob uses his research as a tool for understanding and solving real-world issues and problems in several domains. For example in the domain of legal psychology, he has published work on police interviewing techniques and eyewitness memory; in educational psychology, he explores the social and cognitive processes involved in receiving and remembering feedback.
Rob's research has been funded by various national and international organisations, most recently the Assessments & Qualifications Alliance, and the Leverhulme Trust. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a governing board member of the 'Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition', and is on the editorial board of the peer-review journal Psychology, Crime & Law.

Prof Craig Jackson

As a professor or occupational health psychology, Craig increasingly studies and researches the relationship between work and crime – particularly how offenders use their occupations to facilitate offending behaviours. This has led to an increase in research using statistical techniques such as multidimensional scaling of offence behaviours. Craig has provided psychology input and interviews to numerous news items about offending, crime, and general psychology, and has contributed to over 50 TV crime documentaries. Craig also studies spree-killers and mass killers and is readily called upon for comment and analysis following major shooting incidents. He was also the scientific consultant for two series of “killing Spree” – a major Channel 5 documentary.

Professor Mark Griffiths

Professor Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at the Nottingham Trent University, and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He has spent 32 years in the field is internationally known for his work into gaming and gambling. He has published over 840 refereed research papers, five books, 150+ book chapters, and over 1500 other articles. He has won 21 national and international awards for his work including the John Rosecrance Prize (1994), CELEJ Prize (1998), Joseph Lister Prize (2004) and the US National Council on Problem Gambling Lifetime Research Award (2013). He also does a lot of freelance journalism and has appeared on over 3500 radio and television programmes.