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Awards & grants

The Society makes a number of awards available each year to recognise excellence in research, practice teaching and education in psychology. They range from awards for A Level students to those marking achievement over the length of a professional career.

A few awards are for our members only, but many are open to all psychologists working within the UK.

Awards

Professional Practice Board

Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Practice

This award is aimed at psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to professional practice in the United Kingdom.

It is anticipated that this award will be made to a psychologist in mid-career. Nominations are now being accepted for this award. The final deadline is 1 December 2017.

2016 winner: Dr Joanna North

Lifetime Achievement

This award recognises and celebrates unusually significant and sustained contributions in a career as a Chartered practitioner of applied psychology.

It is anticipated that this award will be made to a psychologist near the end of their career. Nominations are now being accepted for this award. The final deadline is 1 December 2017.

2016 winners: Professor Narinder Kapur and Professor Tom McMillan

Practitioner of the Year Award

This award recognises, promotes and rewards good practice undertaken by Chartered members of the Society in the preceding 12 months.

It is anticipated that this award will be made to a psychologist early in their career. Nominations are now being accepted for this award. The final deadline is 1 December 2017.

2016 winner: Anne Cooke

Education and Public Engagement Board

Lifetime Achievement

Established in 2011 this award recognises distinguished lifetime achievement within psychology education. This award is currently closed.

2016 winner: Professor David Clark-Carter

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology Education  

This award is for those who teach at any level or who have made a significant contribution to education. This award is currently closed. 

2013 winner: Phil Banyard

Public Engagement & Media Award

Awarded to a psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to raising the profile of psychology either directly or through the media. This award is now closed - it will reopen in August 2018.

2016 winner: Dr Alan J Gow

Undergraduate Award 

Awarded to those students who achieve the highest overall score in an accredited degree programme at each of the institutions accredited by the Society. Approximately 100 awards are made each year. 

A Level and Scottish Highers Award

This prize is awarded to those students who achieved the highest overall score in their A Level and Scottish Highers examinations from each of the main awarding bodies. This award is currently under review. 

Award for Innovation in Psychology Programmes 

Accredited courses are invited to submit for this award in recognition of particularly innovative and creative design and/or delivery and/or assessment of psychology programmes for the benefit of the student experience, whilst maintaining and/or furthering the highest quality of psychology teaching and learning.

2016 joint winners: University of Edinburgh - Psychology BSc (Hons), Psychology MA (Hons), Psychology and Business MA (Hons), Philosophy and Psychology MA (Hons), Sociology and Psychology MA (Hons) and Psychology and Economics MA (Hons)

University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion - MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion

Technical Support in Psychological Teaching Award

An annual award, made jointly by the Society and the Assocation of Technical Staff in Psychology, recognising the valuable role that technicians play in supporting the student learning experience. This award is currently open with a deadline of 30 October 2017.

Research Board

Lifetime Achievement

Open to those who have an outstanding record of personal achievement and have also made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge.

2017 winner: Professor Richard Byrne

Presidents’ Award

Given in recognition of exceptional contributions to psychological knowledge.

2017 winner: Professor Marcus Munafo

Spearman Medal

Awarded in recognition of outstanding published work in psychology. Nominations are now being accepted for this award. The final deadline is 1 November 2017.

2017 winners: Dr Rachel Jack and Dr Claire Howarth

Doctoral Award

This award recognises outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge by postgraduate research students made while carrying out research for their doctoral degrees in psychology. Nominations are now being accepted for this award. The final deadline is 1 November 2017.

2016 winner: Dr Anne-Lise Goddings

Book Award

This award recognises excellent published work in psychology.

Here are the 2017 winners in the four categories:

Textbook

Child Health Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Perspective by Julie Turner-Cobb .

Popular Science:

Sex, Lies and Brain Scans: How fMRI Reveals What Really Goes on in Our Minds by Barbara Sahakian & Julia Gottwald.

Practitioner Text:

Preventing Self-Injury and Suicide in Women’s Prisons by Tammi Walker & Graham Towl

Academic Monograph

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind by Kevin Laland.

William Inman Prize 

The William Inman Prize recognises published articles on the effect of psychological factors upon physical conditions, particularly psychodynamic or psychotherapeutic factors and to conditions of the eye.  The award is made every 5 years, the next award will be in in 2020.

Technical Support in Psychological Research Award

An annual award, made jointly by the Society and the Association of Technical Staff in Psychology, recognising the valuable role that technicians play in supporting research in psychology. This award is currently open with a deadline of 30 October 2017.

Ethics Committee

Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity

This award recognises a person has made a significant contribution to challenging social inequalities in the UK.

No award was made in 2016

Grants

Research Board

International Conference Symposium Scheme

This scheme provides funding for Society Member Networks to convene a symposium at an international conference. 

Postdoctoral Conference Bursary Scheme

This provides bursaries to support postdoctoral researchers and lecturers to attend academic conference in the UK and internationally.

Joint Postgraduate Award with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

This provides an opportunity for a postgraduate psychologist to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology to assist in providing briefing material for MPs and peers.

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme

This scheme awards grants to researchers to allow them to provide undergraduates with hands on experience of research and encourage them to consider an academic career.

Postdoctoral Study Visit Scheme

To enable postdoctoral researchers and lecturers who are within three years of the completion of their doctoral research degree in psychology to undertake a study visit to another institution to acquire skills directly relevant to their research/lecturing.

Postgraduate Study Visits Scheme

This enables research students who are registered for a doctoral degree at a UK university to undertake a study visit to another institution to acquire skills directly relevant to their research.

Research Seminar Competition

These grants enable institutions to co-operate to hold scientific seminars.

Sections Initiative Fund

This scheme provides funding for Society Sections to undertake new initiatives.

Education and Public Engagement Board

Public Engagement Grants 

Grants are available to support members wishing to promote psychology to the public.