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Public Engagement & Media Award

Members are invited to nominate for this award in recognition of the contribution of a psychologist or psychologists engaged in communicating high quality research or the legacy and/or impact of the discipline to the general public via a range of activities either directly or via a range of broadcast, electronic and print media.

This award is now closed - it will reopen in August 2018.


Recipients receive life membership and fellowship of the Society. Commemorative certificate is also presented to the winner at the Society’s Annual Conference.


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, this may include but is not limited to:

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

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.


A nomination statement clearly stating the grounds for the nomination should be sent to the Chair of the Education and Public Engagement Board, c/o Carl Bourton, Policy Administrator, at the Leicester Office. Nominators must be members of the Society. Nomination statements should be supplemented by the names and addresses of three potential referees.

If appropriate, relevant supporting documentary evidence (e.g. an account in the media of the impact of a particular project, press cuttings, URL links to television programmes) may be included.

Download the nomination form.

If you require further information please email the Society's Policy Administrator.

Advice on what to include within a nomination statement

The nomination statement is important. The Committee uses this to assess the contribution of the candidate. Nomination statements should take the form of a narrative (1000 words maximum), highlighting the candidate's grounds for proposal.

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

Will be appointed by the Education and Public Engagement Board to select the recipient(s) of the award, to include the Chair of the Education and Public Engagement Board, nominated representatives from the Professional Practice Board, Research Board and two others. The panel will consider all submissions on the basis of the impact and quality of the contribution.

Previous Winners

2016 winner - Dr Alan J Gow

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