Following a year that no one could have foreseen, and with a future that looks increasingly uncertain, the BPS has launched the fund to support as many aspiring psychologists as possible in enrolling on their master’s programmes.

By supporting the fund, you will provide a lifeline to someone who may be struggling financially and might not have the means to support their journey into psychology themselves.

Dr Hazel McLaughlin, BSP President, said:

“It is important to inspire and encourage the next generation of psychologists and to recognise that the career paths are not always easy.

Working together we can make it easier for aspiring psychologists, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to gain access to professional training and development, such as postgraduate programmes in psychology.”

A master’s degree can cost up to £8,000 and, once living costs and accommodation are added to that total, it’s a price that is sadly out of reach for many.

In fact, 45 per cent of current BPS members said in our membership survey that financial barriers are the biggest obstacle to entering psychology.

We have set an ambitious initial target of £75,000 for this year, with Dr Hazel McLaughlin having generously donated her fee for serving as President – and the BPS committing up to £20,000 this year.

We know that times are hard for many of us right now, but if you’re able to lend your support, please visit the website to find out more about how to donate and how your contributions will help our community.

If you’re a budding psychologist looking to complete a master’s qualification and think you would benefit from support, take a look at the eligibility criteria and application process.

The deadline for applications is 01 March 2021.