Diversity and Social Inclusion

We continue to explore how we can expand our diversity in all areas and increase our social inclusion. These are big concepts, that require time and energy to develop and we are very pleased with the road that we have travelled so far, and are always on the lookout for new and alternative routes.

During the accreditation visit from the British Psychological Society in 2019, they identified as one of the areas of good practice the close attention paid to Welsh language and cultural diversity issues, the engagement of a diverse, committed and passionate group on the People Panel, who positively feed into the programme.   

In 2021, we established the anti-racism, anti-discrimination and promotion of cultural competencies committee. All areas of the programme are being evaluated against these concepts, and development is under way to look at: how the curriculum can become even more sensitive and decolonized; whether selection has certain biases that need addressing; how placements can ensure that cultural competencies are promoted; and that trainees can demonstrate these competencies and reflect their appreciation of these areas in their assignments. We are working with our current and past trainees, and NHS colleagues on this, and are linking in with the wider academic community at Bangor University.

We are continuing to explore ways to increase the diversity in our profession. Two mentorship schemes have been introduced this year:

In order to support candidates from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority groups in the application process, we are working together with the South Wales Clinical Psychology Programme in offering candidates six to eight mentoring sessions with either a trainee or qualified clinical psychologist. These aim to offer the person the option to find out about the work of a clinical psychologist, discuss their values and ideas about (clinical) psychology, and explore routes into training. Where desired, the candidates can also explore their position and experiences as a candidate from a Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority background.

We are keen to support candidates who are Welsh speaking by offering them six to eight mentoring sessions with either a trainee or qualified clinical psychologist. These aim to offer the person the option to find out about the work of a clinical psychologist, discuss their values and ideas about (clinical) psychology, and explore routes into training. Please contact Carolien Lamers (Recruitment and Selection Director, c.lamers@bangor.ac.uk) for more information about the mentorship scheme.

We have always supported trainees with lived experience and again the feedback we receive from our trainees is that we do a good job at offering the support, re-evaluating training plans for the trainees and making other reasonable adjustments. We want to pay more attention to the valuing of lived experience too and are making changes to the curriculum to reflect this. Further work with the People panel and the supervisors is planned.

This year, we will be using contextual information provided by applicants as part of our shortlisting process. We have been working together with other UK programmes to devise the questionnaire that enquires about earlier life experiences that might have hindered an applicant to reach their full potential. We will take this information into consideration when offering interview places. As this is the first year that we have access to this information, we will be evaluating the impact that this approach has on the make-up of our new cohorts in the future.