Ref NoBPS/001/11/01/05/06
TitleBPS Standing Committee on Communications Papers 1990
Extent1 file
Physical Description1 box
DescriptionMinutes, papers and correspondence of British Psychological Society BPS Standing Committee on Communications SCComms.

2 February 1990 BPS Standing Committee on Communications Minutes and Papers includes report on television training; review of the Standing Committee and proposed role of the Information Committee; minutes of the Parliamentary Group 26 January 1990; 'What is Psychology' video project; flyer for 'Psychology and Careers in the Nineties' [Chester College and BPS North of England Branch event]; Training and Support Group minutes 31 January 1990.

25 June 1990 BPS Standing Committee on Communications Minutes and Papers includes report on TV training; What is Psychology video proposal; minutes of the Parliamentary Group 9 March 1990 and 18 May 1990, effectiveness of the Parliamentary Group; Standing Committee on Communications review, winding up of the Committee and establishment of the Information Committee; Campaign to Market Psychology includes minutes of Working Group 7 April 1990; Register of Charters Psychologists launch; Royal College of Psychiatrists launch of leaflet on anxiety and phobias; report by Peter Morris 'How and Why Students Choose Psychology'; copy of text from an article on the changes to the Committee 'More Action Less Words'

NotesThe History of Psychology Centre is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our users. Be aware that our catalogue contains historic terminology relating to mental health which could be considered offensive. The terminology exists within the original record and has been retained to inform users on viewpoints at the time. It in no way reflects the attitudes of the cataloguers or the British Psychological Society.
Final meeting 25 June 1990.
See also BPS/001/11/02 Press and Communications Correspondence which includes correspondence generated by these committees and related staff members.
Related MaterialBPS/001/11/05/01 BPS Training and Support Group Meetings and Correspondence
BPS/001/11/03/03/07 BPS Campaign to Market Psychology
BPS/002/2/05 BPS Division of Occupational Psychology
BPS/002/1/01 BPS Northern Branch
BPS/001/11/05/02/02 BPS TV Training Courses
AccessConditionsRegistered Users by Appointment Only. Some restricted material.
Location13: BPS History of Psychology Centre, London
TermPublic Relations
AdminHistoryThe first report on public relations was in 1946 by T H Pear [see BPS Council Papers 25 May 1946].
The first British Psychological Society Public Relations committee was in 1955 and was a short lived working party. In 1971 Nicholas Georgiades and Professor Arthur Summerfield arranged a press conference at Brown's Hotel to draw attention to the BPS response to Sir John Foster's report on Scientology [See BPS/001/4/01/03/01]. After advice from Mr Christopher Hall, Barbara Castle's Information officer on setting up a press function - a Standing Press Committee was formed in October 1971 under the Chairmanship of Dr Georgiades.

In 1977 Alan Elliot presented a document to the Council entitled 'The Image and The Axe' expounding the view that psychology was seen by others would be a factor in government cuts which were expected. He further proposed that the Society should spend £20,000 for 'PR' activities. A meeting 'BPS 2000' was held in 1978 to [unsuccessfully] draw up a corporate plan but did lead to a report 'The Commercial Model' which recommended marketing and promotion to be a major activity of the Society. The Working Party on Public Relations [BPS/001/01/11/03] of 1983-1984 made suggestions as to an internal and external relations sub-committee and officer. After much debate and worries that calling the Committee the PR Committee would lead to an 'obscene' acronym the Standing Committee on Communications was formed. It was chaired by the Honorary General Secretary - Peter Morris. He was succeeded by J Graham Beaumont in May 1986 and then Ann Colley in 1989. the finance meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was 25 June 1990.

Stephen White joined the BPS staff as Director of Communications in 1985 and started organising press, communications and pr activities as well as regular media training.

By October 1991 the Press Committee was no longer a standing committee but a subcommittee of the Information Committee which took over from the Standing Committee on Communications that year.

The Information Committee became the Communications Committee/Board in 1998 as part of the Society's strategic plan. This became the Publications and Communications Board in 2000. The Press Committee was renamed the Media and Press Committee in April 2009.

The Society was restructured in 2017 with the creation of three new strategy boards Education and Training, Practice, Research and Public Affairs.
RulesDescription compiled in line with the following: ISAD (G) General International Standard Archival Description MAD3 Third Edition 2000
ArchNoteCompiled by Claire Jackson BPS Archivist History of Psychology Centre.

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