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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.
Professional Practice Board
This award is aimed at psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to professional practice. Please note that prior to 2014 the award was known as The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology.
2014 winner: Dr Guy Holmes.
Established in 2006, this recognises and celebrates unusually significant and sustained contributions over a career as a practitioner of applied psychology.
2014 winner: Professor Neil Frude.
This award recognises, promotes and rewards good practice.
2014 joint winners: Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Rachel Lewis and Dr Hamilton Fairfax.
Education and Public Engagement Board
Established in 2011 this award recognises distinguished lifetime achievement within psychology education. This award is currently open.
2014 winner: Professor James Hartley
This award is for those who teach at any level or who have made a significant contribution to education. This award is currently under review.
2013 winner: Phil Banyard
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 a biennial scheme and will be open for new applications in 2016.
2013 winner: Professor Bruce Hood
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. This award is currently closed.
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.
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. This award is now closed.
Open to those who have an outstanding record of personal achievement and have also made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge.
2014 winner: Professor Peter Venables
Given in recognition of exceptional contributions to psychological knowledge.
2014 winner: Professor Richard J. Crisp
Awarded in recognition of outstanding published work in psychology.
2014 winner: Dr Roi Cohen Kadosh
This award recognises outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge by postgraduate research students made while carrying out research for their doctoral degrees in psychology.
2013 winner: Dr Andreas Jarvstad
This award, made jointly with the Society’s Psychology Education Board recognises excellent published work in psychology.
2014 winners in the following categories:
Textbook Category: Psychology, Mental Health and Distress by John Cromby, David Harper and Paula Reavey
Popular Science Category: The Optimism Bias – Why we’re Wired to Look on the Bright Side, by Tali Sharot
No awards were made in the Practitioner Text or Academic Monograph categories this year.
A new 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.
2014 winner: Ian Harrison
This award recognises a person has made a significant contribution to challenging social inequalities in the UK.
2013 winner: Professor Rachel Tribe
This scheme provides funding for Member Networks to convene a symposium at an international conference.
This provides bursaries to support postdoctoral researchers and lecturers to attend academic conference in the UK and internationally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These grants enable institutions to co-operate to hold scientific seminars.
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 Psychology Education Board. The scheme is currently closed.
Grants are available to support members wishing to promote psychology to the public. The scheme is currently closed.
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