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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.

Special member deal !!

We recently changed our contracting arrangements with Warwick and so do not need to hold as much money in reserve as we were obliged to in the past. This has freed up some funds that we would like to use for the benefit of our members.

For our January 2022 events, OUPS will pay £75 towards the cost of each attendee, so the cost of the events to members will be £250. We will also maintain the pre-COVID rate for non-members (£345).

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 !

 

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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.

Coronavirus statement (updated 15 September 2021)

The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and a stressful situation, but hopefully we are seeing the possibility of things returning to more normal in the coming months. 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.

Refund policy

The primary goal of OUPS is to support as many students as possible, not to make a profit, but as a registered charity we are also obliged to ensure that we manage our funds responsibly. Consequently, our refund policy is to issue refunds for cancellations whenever we are able to recover money from our suppliers. However, if you need to cancel after our cancellation deadline with Warwick has passed, we will have paid for your place and will not be able to reclaim the money to refund you.

Our Terms & Conditions detail the cancellation deadlines and fees under normal circumstances, and these currently apply because there are no government COVID restrictions at this time. If this changes (e.g. if there was a January lockdown) then we would expect to be able to recover payments and hence to issue full refunds for all bookings.

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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.

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