The Open University Psychological Society (OUPS) is the student society for OU psychology students, an affiliated society within the OU Student Association (OUSA).
We are a volunteer-run, not-for-profit, registered charity (No.: 282744), and have run continuously since 1974.
|Coronavirus statement (updated 22 June 2020)
The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and a stressful situation. As the OU student psychology society and as a registered charity, OUPS exists to support you as OU psychology students. We are continually assessing our situation in the light of the official advice, and we want to make our position clear to any of you who are anxious about an existing booking or who are thinking of making a booking on one of our forthcoming events.
We currently have a number of events planned and paid for, and while we are hoping that it will be possible to go ahead with our September weekend, this may not be possible based on the public health guidance. The longer-term situation for our January weekend is less clear, but again we are planning for it to go ahead and continually monitoring the situation. So we are open for bookings for both weekends and receiving high numbers of enquiries from people interested in coming who want to know what would happen if we have to cancel.
We have adjusted our terms and conditions for the September 2020 and January 2021 weekends so that if you make a booking, or are already booked on it, we will ensure that you do not lose the cost of that booking:
We are only able to offer refunds of the money paid to us, i.e. we are not able to pay for travel or accommodation that is not included in our event prices. As usual, you will need to ensure that you are covered by travel insurance or by the terms and conditions of any travel providers, hotels etc.
This guarantee applies whether we are able to recoup any costs from our providers or not, and we hope that this update will reassure you that we have your interests at heart.
What do we do ?
Your student society exists to support you as OU psychology students both academically and socially throughout your studies and also after you graduate. The Open University provide you with all the support and material that you need for your degree and OUPS works closely with the OU School of Psychology to give you opportunities to enrich your study and your enjoyment of psychology.
- At a national level we run a programme of events that include pre-module Springboard Weekends, mid-module Consolidation Weekends, Revision weekends, Methods Workshops and an Annual Conference.
- Our regional teams organise a variety of events including overview days, day conferences and social events.
- We also offer on-line forums for informal discussion of all things psychological on Facebook.
Our aim is to offer something for everyone, no matter what your circumstances or level of study.
Is it all study ?
Although the main purpose of OUPS is to provide academic resources for OU undergraduate students, it's not all work !
OUPS weekends are also fun, social occasions designed to provide the social interactions missing from home study. All of our weekends give you the opportunity to chat to current and past students, to share your experiences and frustrations and to give each other welcome motivational support, and our Annual Conference can provide great networking opportunities and the opportunity to chat over a meal or drink with some of the eminent psychologists that come to speak.
All our weekends have a full programme of social events that are available for you to attend as you wish, and our regional day events usually offer the chance to carry on chatting over food and/or drinks afterwards.
Welcome to your society !
We hope we can help you and provide you with the spur you need to continue your studies and beyond.