DOP Scotland DOP Scotland (DOP-S) was established in 2005, and is the body that represents occupational psychologists in Scotland. We formally represent the profession to professional, political and administrative bodies in Scotland.
In co-operation with the Society Scottish Office, we respond to issues and emerging initiatives pertinent to the profession of occupational psychology in Scotland. We also promote understanding of the profession of occupational psychology, including building relationships with relevant public and private organisations.
Welcome to DOP ScotlandA warm welcome to DOP Scotland. If you are a new or long established member or perhaps a non-member who is interested in finding out more about our activities in Scotland then please get in touch with us or come along to one of our events. Contact DOP-S by emailing us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Building on the successes of 2012With the inspiring leadership of last year’s Chair, Eleanor Rutherford, we achieved the following:
- Informal networking events in February, June and October
- DOP-S Member engagement survey
- CIPD conference stand promoting Occupational Psychology to HR Professionals
- Resilience coaching workshop with Stephen Palmer in July
- BPS speaker Sarah Rozenthuler’s ‘Life Changing Conversations’ event in August
- PhD Insights event in Glasgow in October
- Talking to Psychology students at Scottish Universities throughout the year
As the new Chair, and with Eleanor’s continuing support as Past-Chair, my goal is to build on these successes to ensure that we create a pipeline of events that continue to support our members. Our committee is busy preparing for our Business Planning event in April, the details of which we will update you about next month.
In the meantime, here are achievements so far for 2013:
At our AGM in February, Steve Reicher, professor of psychology at the University of St Andrews, fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an academician of the social sciences, livened up our meeting with his thought-provoking take on leadership. This was followed by drinks and socialising with members from the Divisions of Occupational and Counselling Psychology.
Marketing Occupational Psychology
CIPD Centenary Conference. We have been working to raise our profile in Scotland and we appreciate that this is vital for all our members. To help raise our profile with HR colleagues, we had a stall at the CIPD Scotland conference in Glasgow in March. This was a very successful event with lots of HR managers taking the time to find out more about DOP Scotland and the role of occupational psychologists. Psychology was a hot topic with Steve Cram’s keynote speech being on ‘The Psychology of Success’.
A new range of marketing materials using real-life examples of our members’ work has helped us to promote the impact of occupational psychology. You can find these materials on our website and if you would like to contribute to them please contact the committee, we will be delighted to hear from you!
Scottish Universities. In February and March, we made presentations to Psychology students at Glasgow and Edinburgh universities as well as hosting a stall at the undergraduate conference of the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Perth Campus.
We are keen to work in partnership with other organisations and help to promote events in Scotland which may be of interest to our members. To keep up to date with what we are planning please feel free to contact myself or Alice Russell, our Secretary. If you are on Linkedin please also check out the group for Occupational Psychologists in Scotland.
Looking back with thanks
Thank you very much to our members who served on the 2012 committee and retired at the last AGM: Stuart Low was awarded Volunteer of the Year at the DOP conference in Chester and has been invaluable in many DOP-S roles over the past 8 years and Brian O’Neill who has been a mentor for committee members. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new committee members: Christine Hamilton our Chair Elect, Dr Tina Kowalski and Alison Milne. I would also like to thank Rachael Martin our outgoing secretary, Alice Russell our new secretary, Margaret Saunders our new Treasurer and James Christopher, Mark Keane and Paul Dickens and ,of course, Eleanor, whose ongoing support and dedication we could not do without. We are fortunate to have such a wealth of experience and enthusiasm.