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.
Our aim is to offer something for everyone, no matter what your circumstances or level of study.
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.
I am very proud to be Chair of OUPS which is about to celebrate its 50th Year!
As chair I am very grateful for the amazing committee which is very supportive with everyone fulfilling their role. Everyone plays their part to ensure the effective running of OUPS. OUPS is a charity, and all committee members are Trustees and are therefore responsible for the running of the whole society including the regions. We all take all aspects very seriously and we discuss finances at all committee meetings.
I have always supported the weekends and want to see these continue and flourish. I believe that they are at the heart and soul of OUPS. We work very hard to keep prices down, but we have to cover our costs. We have reintroduced free places at our weekends, and we hope to run more free events. We have also continued our online events which were set up very effectively by the previous committee. These continue to be organised by volunteers on the committee. Our numbers at weekends are growing which is very exciting BUT increasing membership is an area which I really want to work hard on next year so please spread the word! We have continued a very good relationship with the staff at Warwick University who are helping us organise our 50th birthday weekend. I really hope that many of you will attend the conference and celebrations in May.
We have 2 active regions, and I would like to expand the areas we cover and number of regions we have. Please get in touch if you would like to run events in your region.
I want to thank the committee, I want to welcome our new committee members and I want to thank the President and Vice Presidents for all the help and support they have given us. I look forward to the OUPS year ahead.
Evelyn Slavid (Chair OUPS)
Chair's letter - October 2023
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.
OUPS have a number of fantastic events for you, so why not head over to our events page via the menu at the top at the screen and see what's going on!
Our upcoming events
New Update: Special deal for OUPS Members !!
OUPS are aware how difficult things are for people during this current cost of living crisis and we want to be able to help as much as possible at this time.
To do this OUPS try keep prices for members as low as possible whilst keeping up with Warwick’s price increases. In order to be as inclusive as possible and give the opportunity of experiencing the weekends to those who could not otherwise afford it, we would also like to reintroduce our policy of offering a few free places for members for our course related events at our residential weekends. To help us to do this we need to increase our prices to £280 for members. This is still a substantial saving on non-members prices (£375) and it is still below our 2021 price of £325.
If you are not currently a member but would like to be, just add membership to your basket before checking out and you will get the full discount.
We hope this will help as many students as possible to come along !