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Abertay to host Scottish Branch of British Psychological Society's Undergraduate Conference

22 March 2013

Psychology students from across Scotland will gather at the University of Abertay Dundee this Saturday (March 23) for the Scottish Branch of the British Psychological Society’s annual Undergraduate Conference.

The event will feature the research students have carried out for their final year Honours Projects, and will be the first opportunity for them to present their findings at a real academic conference.

The conference will begin at 9.30am with an Opening Address from organiser of the event Dr Scott Hardie of Abertay University. This will be followed by a speech from the President of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Dr Peter Banister.

The Keynote Address will be delivered at 1pm by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk of Dundee University, who be talking about the Science of Human Connection.

All final year Psychology students in Scotland have the opportunity to apply to present at the conference and there will be 87 presentations in total from students at nine of Scotland's universities.

President of the British Psychological Society Dr Peter Banister, who will be attending Saturday’s event at Abertay University, said:

“The British Psychological Society sets the gold standard for all Psychology degrees, and every accredited course provides the basic essentials which are needed if graduates wish to go on to further their studies in academic psychology, to set out on the road to becoming a professional psychologist, or to become employed in one of the many and varied careers for which a psychology degree is suitable.

"One of the essentials of a Psychology degree is a good grounding in both quantitative and qualitative psychological methods, and students are assessed on their understanding of these through their final year Honours Projects.

"Saturday's event will be a chance for the students to showcase all the hard work they have put into these projects, and I am very much looking forward to meeting them, hearing about the fascinating research they have carried out, and to finding out what they plan to do upon graduation this summer.”

Dr Scott Hardie, Director of Research and Research Degrees at Abertay University, said:

“We are delighted to be hosting the Scottish Branch of the BPS’s Undergraduate Conference at Abertay this year. It promises to be a great day, and I’m sure everyone involved is looking forward to finding out about the research that has been going on in Scotland.

"Giving students the chance to present their findings at an event like this is a great way of recognising and celebrating their achievements, and will be great experience no matter what career path they choose to pursue.

"We'll have 11 students presenting from Abertay, who will cover topics including the influence being left-handed can have on our emotions, issues related to autism, and how physical activity can affect our self control - all of which will be based on their own original research.

“The proceedings of the conference are published on the British Psychological Society website and as a publication, which is a great addition to any CV so, hopefully, seeing the achievements of their peers will inspire even more students to take part next year.”

The event is open to all students studying Psychology in Scotland. As well as the opportunity to network and listen to their peers’ presentations, students will also be able to find out more about the BPS.


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Notes to Editors:

  • Students from the universities of Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret, Edinburgh Napier, Caledonian, Strathclyde, and Glasgow will be attending the event.
  • Information about Dr Peter Banister is available here:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr Suzanne Zeedyk currently holds the post of Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, at the University of Dundee, where she has been based since 1993.

Her research expertise focuses on the early communicative interactions of parents and infants. In recent years, this has extended to the study of interventions for communicative disorders such as autism, sensory impairment, and dementia.

In 2011, she set up an independent training enterprise to allow her to disseminate more widely the science of the early years. She now spends much of her time speaking to the public about the psychological and neuroscientific bases of communicative interaction.

She works closely with organisations throughout the UK to increase awareness of the decisions we take about caring for children, showing how those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.

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