The Student Prizes for Excellence in Occupational Psychology recognise undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorale projects that have made a valuable contribution and/or potential real world impact to the field of occupational psychology.
Types of nominations
Nominations can be made either by or on behalf of students who conduct Occupational Psychology practice.
- Be a member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)
- Be on a BPS accredited course
- Be registered at a UK insititution on an undergraduate or postgraduate course related to Occupational Psychology or have graduated within the last year
||To what extent has this person’s work demonstrated excellence in research methodology (for example using innovative techniques)
||To what extent has this person’s research contributed to knowledge, practice or policy
||To what extent has this person produced quality research? (for example gaining quality samples, addressing real worldproblems etc)
||To what extent has this person’s research demonstrated the value of Occupational Psychology?
Each will be rated on a scale from 1-7 and a minimum of 16 points must be achieved in order to receive the award.
If no submissions of sufficient merit are received, no award will be made.
Criterion 1: Science
To what extent has the nominee produced quality research?
A rating of 7 would require the nominee to have produced research with an exceptionally high standard of relevance and scientific rigour, for example:
- Research methods clearly described
- Methods appropriate to research question(s)
- Control for bias considered
- Appropriate measurement tools used
- Validity and reliability of data collection methods addressed
- Type of analysis appropriate
- Originality – new research
- If not how does it build on previous research?
- Does evidence presented address the key issues raised
- Addressing real world problems
To what extent has the nominees work demonstrated excellence in research methodology
A rating of 7 would require the nominee to have demonstrated high standards of competence in their research, for example:
- Research based upon good/sound theory?
- Easy to read and understand
- Purpose of project clear
- Good use of tables/diagrams
- Theory/methodology/results/ethics/references all covered
- Use of innovative techniques
Criterion 3: Influence
To what extent has the nominees research contributed to knowledge, practice or policy
A rating of 7 would require the nominee to have made a significant contribution to breadth and depth of OP research or practice, for example:
- Considered to be influential and have impact on knowledge, practice or policy
- Will make a contribution to 21st century Occ. Psy.
- Has potential to influence practice
Criterion 4: Visibility
To what extent has the nominees research demonstrate the value of Occupational Psychology?
A rating of 7 would require the nominee to have made exceptional efforts to communicate their work, for example by:
- Promoting the understanding of Psychology with the public
- Enhancing the influence of the profession in society
Guidance for nominations
You will need the following information to complete a nomination form
||Nominee BPS number
||Nominee course title
Please select one,
- Currently an undergraduate
- Currently a postgraduate
||When did you graduate?
Please upload proof of degree (BA/BSc, Msc, PhD)
Nominator information (if applicable):
|You will also be asked to provide information in relation to the following questions:
||Project Supervisor name
||Project Supervisor position / title
||Project Supervisor academic institution
||Project Supervisor email address
Please provide details of:
- Name of project
- Date project was completed
- Institution where research was conducted
Please upload the project information (max 2,000 words)
Project information should cover the following areas
- Describe the contribution provided to the field of occupational psychology/potential real-world impact
- Describe the theory underlining your project
- Discuss how you dealt with ethical issues in your project
- Outline the methodology you adopted and the rationale underpinning this decision
- Outline the results found the implications of these
- Provide an overview of the project conducted
Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.
How to apply
Awards will be judged by a panel of Occupational Psychologists, academics and representatives from our partners.
Nominations will close on Friday 18 October 2019 and the winner will be notified by ?????????
The presentation ceremony will be held on the evening of the 9 Janaury 2020 at the Divisions Annual Conference Awards Dinner in Stratford Upon Avon.
The winner will
- Be invited to present a poster at the DOP Annual Conference
- Have expenses (travel costs (maximum £150) and the one day conference admission) covered
- Receive a certificate
- Receive an award