The EP Doctoral Dissertation Award recognises the excellent research that is produced each year by trainee EPs and those on CPD doctorate courses as part of their thesis projects.
We recognise that these substantial research projects often demonstrate high levels of innovation and quality, though may not be published in peer-reviewed journals. We are keen to celebrate this research output and would welcome nominations for research that demonstrates originality and has already ‘made an impact’.
This annual award is aimed at DECP members who have completed their thesis within the last two years and been awarded their doctorate – this includes both initial training and CPD Doctorates.
Nominations will close at 23:30pm on 17 February 2021
The award will confer a commemorative certificate, which will be presented to the recipient at an appropriate Division of Educational Psychology conference
Nominees should be:
- Current practitioners in any area of professional educational psychology.
- Members of the Society.
- Nominations are not limited to UK residents.
- Self-nominations are acceptable and you will also need to provide a statement of support (up to 250 words) from your thesis supervisor or programme team. This should include their name, role and institution.
Nominees should have:
- Shown innovation or originality (for example: in topic area, research methods, sample population, findings).
- Made a strong contribution to the profession’s research and evidence base through their dissertation or thesis
- Demonstrated impact from the research (for example: in the profession or community). This is impact in the broadest sense e.g. changing practice in a local area or evidence of how the research findings and implications have been disseminated.
- Completed their thesis within the last two years.
Please note that publication in a peer-reviewed journal is not required for this award.
Guidance for Nominations
The nomination submission form will ask for the following information:
- Details of the person you wish to nominate (the nominee) – this includes self-nomination
(First Name, Last Name, BPS Membership Number, Position , Contact Phone Number, Contact Email Address)
- Nominator's Details
(First Name, Last Name, BPS Membership Number, Position, Contact Phone Number, Contact Email Address)
- Declaration of conflict of interest (Nominator).
Nominators must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest e.g. if nominating a spouse/partner or other relation. Conflicts 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.
- Details of conflict of interest
- Request to upload your Nomination Statement
- Request to upload any relevant supporting documentation
- In the case of self-nominations, request to upload a supporting statement from a full divisional member
The nomination statement is important. The committee use this to assess the contribution of the candidate.
The statement should be completed in conjunction with the relevant criteria and scoring document.
The scoring matrix is what will be used to judge the award so please detail how the nominee's achievements fit these criteria and the grounds for the nomination.
Please write this in a way that is informative to those who do not necessarily have an in-depth knowledge of the person or area of practice.
Please use active language and, where the work is carried out as part of a team, make it clear what the individual contributed and how this differed from others.
The statement should be up to a maximum of 800 words in length (please include a word count).
Relevant supporting documentary evidence may also be included e.g. an account reported in the media of a professional unit for which the candidate is responsible.
Click here to submit your nomination for the ‘EP Doctoral Dissertation Award ’.