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.

2014 winner: Dr Guy Holmes (No award made in 2015 as scheme was under review)

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.

2015 winner: Professor Robin Morris

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.

2015 winner: Dr Jill Winegardner

Education and Public Engagement Board

Lifetime Achievement

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

2014 winner: Professor James Hartley

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 open. 

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. 

The award is open. The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 September 2016.

2014 winners: Dr Tom Stafford and Dr Vaughan Bell

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.

2014 winner: The University of Stirling - Single Honours

Technical Support in Psychological Teaching Award

A new 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.

 

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.

2015 winner: Professor Glyn Humphreys

Presidents’ Award

Given in recognition of exceptional contributions to psychological knowledge.

2015 winner: Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph

Spearman Medal

Awarded in recognition of outstanding published work in psychology.

2015 winner: Dr Iroise Dumontheil

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.

2014 winners: Dr Lauren Marsh and Dr Rachel Arnold

Book Award

This award, made jointly with the Society’s Education and Public Engagement Board and Professional Practice Board, recognises excellent published work in psychology.

2015 winners in the following categories:

Textbook Category: ‘The Psychology of Babies: How Relationships Support Development from Birth to Two’, by Professor Lynne Murray of the University of Reading.

Popular Science Category: The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do by Michael Bond. 

No awards were made in the Practitioner Text or Academic Monograph categories this year.

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.

Techncial 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.

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.

2015 winner: Professor Paul A. Singh Ghuman

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

Initiatives Fund for Member Networks

This new scheme provides funding to further the objectives of the Education and Public Engagement Board. Please contact the Policy Advisor for further information. The deadline is 1 May 2015.  

Public Engagement Grants 

Grants are available to support members wishing to promote psychology to the public. This award is now open, deadline for applications is 31 July 2016.. 

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