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North East of England Branch


North East of England Branch Public Engagement Award

These awards have been established to recognise and reward those who undertake excellent public engagement with psychology in the North East of England.  

Nominations are invited for the North East of England Public Engagement Award in recognition of the contribution of a BPS psychologist or psychologists engaged in communicating high quality research or the legacy and/or impact of the discipline to the general public in the North East of England via a range of activities either directly or via a range of broadcast, electronic and print media. The focus of the award is on public engagement in the North-East of England.  Nominations are welcome from  BPS members who are not based in the North-East of England but whose work is delivered to publics in the North-East of England.


The recipient will be awarded £250 cash and will be invited to deliver the Public Engagement Lecture one of the North East of England’s events. 


The Award is given as recognition of individuals or groups judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of psychology to the general public in the North East of England.  The nominee (or in the case of groups, the lead member) must be a member of the BPS. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Public lectures, events, exhibitions and other face-to-face activities
  • Publication of articles in the printed media
  • Radio, television or film
  • Publishing on the web
  • Community based activities

Recipients may include those communicating their own research findings or those who ensure that a range of high quality psychological evidence is communicated (for example, via television/radio documentaries, science fairs, public engagement projects or newsprint and the emerging area of e-media including blogs and YouTube). This could also be in recognition of consistently good work over a number of years or outstanding contributions in a single year.

Nomination process

  1. Nominations can be made by a third party, such as a colleague or a client or individuals can self-nominate. 
  2. Click here for the Nomination form or email the Branch chair ([email protected]).    
  3. Nomination statements should be supplemented by the names and addresses of two potential referees.
  4. Nomination forms must be completed and returned to the Chair of NEEB at [email protected] no later than the deadline of 5pm on Monday 31 October 2016 marked Public Engagement Nomination.


Advice on what to include within a nomination statement

The nomination statement is important and should inform judging panel about the public engagement activities and contributions of the nominee. Nomination statements should take the form of a narrative (1000 words maximum), highlighting the candidate's grounds for proposal.

The nomination statement should normally include

  • a short background to the field of research (a lay summary),
  • a summary of public engagement activities in the North-East of England including information on the objectives and activity, the partners / publics engaged and how these were involved in the process.
  • An assessment of the evidence of benefits to participants
  • An assessment of shared learning from the project.
  • weblinks to any outputs of the engagement (e.g photos, videos, online resouces, social media and blogs).

Conflicts of Interest

Nominators must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest, for example if nominating a spouse, partner or other relation. Conflict of interest will not prevent acceptance of the nomination, but will be borne in mind by the awarding panel when considering the award. If there is found to be a conflict of interest that has not been declared, the nomination will be withdrawn.

Awarding panel

The awarding panel will be appointed by the North East of England Branch Committee.  The panel will consider all submissions on the basis of the impact and quality of the contribution.


The winners will be announced in December 2016.  A certificate and cash prize of £250 will be awarded to the winner.