The ATSIP annual conference was at Napier University
in Edinburgh from 4th to 6th July 2007. The reception was in
the Psychology Labs, 18 Blantyre Terrace, followed by a drink
and meal at the Merlin Bar which served excellent meals and
The next day, after some of us had managed to
get up to Arthur’s Seat before breakfast, we met in Napier
University at Merchiston campus for registration before the
head of school Howard Wollman welcomed us and the presentations
began. The first talk was from Maria Shaw from Napier University
who introduced us to the department and Research facilities
followed by her experiencing of ‘Learning the role of
Psychology Technician’ and her investigation of Multimedia
software. After a tea break Peter Beaman from Loughborough University
presented his on-line questionnaire results to date which has
been exploring the profile and attributes of technical staffs
in Psychology. Next Talk by Dr Rory Maclean at Napier on the
subject area of creativity and Aging. Afterwards we were given
a tour of the department which included its PC labs and research
View - Arthurs Seat
ATSIP start with HOD
Next we had a buffet lunch in the dept followed
by the afternoon’s speakers. The first was given by Dr
Hayley Ness from Napier on Eye Witness Testimony and Suspect
Identification. This was followed by Talk: by Neil Carter Swansea
University Matlab for the Human Sciences. Then a talk from the
Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) staff in Psychology led
by Richard Plant on the development of a website to help students
and staff alike with choosing software, psychology tests, etc
which was called “A Repository of Student Practicals”.
This followed on with a discussion regarding the subject of
the technician demonstrator role, and how the association could
identify the criteria for the HEA to make an award for a technician
that had made an outstanding contribution in this area of work.
This ended the programme of talks for the day and the evening
was spent at in the grand Scottish baronial mansion, Abden House
for the conference meal which was a wonderful setting to relax
and discuss aspects of work and leisure at the same time.
The Thursday evening conference meal at Abden House.
The final morning was the AGM which saw elected
the members who run ATSIP, discussing the 2008 Liverpool conference
and matters arising from members about work practice, knowledge
sharing and networking and training. The final talk came from
Carlo Lucignoli from Swansea University on Building an experiment
in E-Prime. This ended the 2007 conference and members either
departed for home after sampling a bit of Edinburgh’s
fine culture which included the famous High Street, Princes
Street, Castle, and National Art at the Royal Scottish Academy.
The ATSiP AGM.
Speakers at the Conference
Maria Shaw (Napier)
“Learning the role of Psychology Technician’ and investigation
of Multimedia software”
“Creativity and Normal Adult ageing”.
"Matlab for the Human Sciences"
"Profile of Technical staff in Psychology"
Dr Hayley Ness
"Eye Witness Testimony and Suspect Identification"
“Building an experiment in E-Prime”
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