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Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2018: Enhancing Wellbeing in Education

Friday 14th - Saturday 15th September 2018 at Wolfson College, University of Oxford

The 2018 British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference theme will focus on enhancing wellbeing in education.

We are delighted to announce three excellent keynote speakers who are experts in the field: Dr Ros McLellan (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge), Dr Debbie Watson (Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies, University of Bristol) and Professor Tommy MacKay (Psychology Consultancy Services/ University of Strathclyde) who will present the 38th Vernon-Wall Lecture.

Our conference has a wide appeal and it allows those working in the field of Psychology of Education to present their work, network with other academics and practitioners, and discuss ideas in a friendly
supportive environment.

Our conference will be of interest to scholars and academics working in the related fields of Psychology and Education, Educational and School Psychologists, teachers and colleagues working in initial teacher education.

Call for Papers

Submissions for the Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference closed at 23:59 on Thursday 31st May 2018.

Bursary Applications

The British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section, will offer a number of bursaries for students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who have had a poster or paper accepted for presentation at our annual conference.

Applicants do not need to be members of the British Psychological Society, or members of the Psychology of Education Section but must be registered as a student at a Higher Education Institution.

Conference registration and accommodation costs, however, are discounted for BPS and Section Members.
Details on how to join the Society can be found here.

To download a Section application form, please click here.

Bursaries will offer a 50% reduction in the conference fee for delegates choosing to attend the full two-day residential package.

Delegate packages are offered at different rates according to your membership status with the British Psychological Society.

In order to select the delegate package at the student/ concessionary rate, you must either:

  1. hold student membership with the British Psychological Society (the student rate)
  2. hold graduate membership with the British Psychological Society with a level of income below the income tax threshold (the concessionary rate).

Student membership of the BPS is normally reserved for students following accredited undergraduate or master’s conversion courses in Psychology. This does not apply to Doctoral students.

If you do not hold student membership with the British Psychological Society, you cannot select the delegate package at the student rate even if you are registered as a student for an undergraduate or postgraduate course with a Higher Education Institution. Only Doctoral students who have been awarded concessionary membership with the BPS can select the concessionary rate.

Please send a letter of application along with confirmation of your student status (e.g., a letter from your supervisor), by email to escusr@p.r.kdebraybsogu with ‘PES bursary application’ in the subject line. Applications must be received by 4pm on 29th June 2018.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Thursday 13th September 2018

Please note this is a draft agenda, all speakers and timings are subject to change.

19:30Psychology in the Pub Event

Friday 14th September 2018

Please note this is a draft agenda, all speakers and timings are subject to change.

09:30Introduction & Welcome
09:40Opening Keynote: Dr Ros McLellan
10:40Refreshment Break
11:00Parallel Session / Symposium
13:30Parallel Session / Symposium
15:00Refreshment Break
15:30Vernon-Wall Lecture: Professor Tommy MacKay
17:00Poster Session & Wine Reception
18:30Psychology of Education Section AGM
19:00Conference Dinner

Saturday 15th September 2018

Please note this is a draft agenda, all speakers and timings are subject to change.

09:00Parallel Session / Symposium / Workshop
10:30Refreshment Break
11:00Parallel Session / Symposium / Workshop
13:30Closing Keynote: Dr Debbie Watson
14:30Closing Remarks
15:00Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Ros McLellan

Keynote Speaker
Ros McLellan is a Lecturer in Teacher Education & Development / Pedagogical Innovation at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She has a background in teaching in the secondary school sector in the UK and is a psychologist who is particularly committed to working collaboratively with schools to develop and refine strategies that make a real difference to teaching and learning in the classroom. She was PI on a recently completed collaborative project to investigate young people’s wellbeing in Kazakhstan and is also coordinating a school partnership project with local schools in East Anglia that is focusing on identifying wellbeing issues in the school context and looking to put interventions in place to enhance wellbeing. She has previously conducted projects about the impact of creative partnerships on wellbeing, and the impact of transition from primary to secondary school on wellbeing. Her research interests include wellbeing, achievement motivation, self-efficacy, anxiety, creativity, and teacher learning and development. She coordinates the Wellbeing and Inclusion special interest group in the Faculty and is co-convenor of EERA Network 8: Health Education.

Dr Debbie Watson

Keynote Speaker
Debbie is a Reader in Childhood Studies at the University of Bristol and a member of the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies. She has researched and published on topics related to children's wellbeing and child poverty and has a particular interest in how to support better outcomes for children in the care system and those who have been adopted. Her work spans projects related to supporting wellbeing in schools, narrative identity development and the importance of object attachment in recovery from trauma.

Professor Tommy MacKay

Keynote Speaker
Professor Tommy MacKay is recognised as one of the UK’s leading psychologists and works across the fields of educational and child psychology, health psychology, clinical neuropsychology, psychotherapy, teaching and research. Tommy’s principal educational specialism is literacy and his clinical specialism is autism, for which he is Clinical Director of the National Diagnosis and Assessment Service for Autistic Spectrum Disorders. His work has won many awards. With regard to his work in education, Prime Minister Gordon Brown described him as a ‘visionary and an inspiration’, who was ‘able to revolutionise an education system, and with an absolute refusal to accept that anything was impossible’.


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