The Wessex Branch covers the South of England from Dorset in the west to East Sussex in the east and up to Berkshire in the north, and includes the Isle of Wight.
Awards & Funding
Tony Gale Undergraduate PrizeShow content
Awarded for the best undergraduate dissertation at each BPS-accredited Wessex Branch University.
The BPS Wessex Branch Tony Gale Undergraduate Prize was founded in 2007. Each university nominates its best undergraduate dissertation and each winner is awarded a One4all gift card worth £150 subject to the Branch receiving a 1500 word summary article that is published in an edition of the Wessex Bulletin. The Board of Examiners at each University will decide on the dissertation submitted to the Wessex Branch.
Tony Gale (Professor Maurice Anthony Gale, 1937-2006) began studying Psychology as a mature student at the University of Exeter, quickly acquiring a national and then international reputation.
He succeeded to Chair of Southampton’s Psychology Department, then its Dean of Social Sciences.
His final role was as Portsmouth University’s Director of Research and Development within the Psychology Department, from which he retired in 2002 as a part-time professor.
Tony was a President of the BPS, and uniquely both an Honorary Fellow (2001) and a Life Member (1980) of the Society. He also received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Psychology (2002).
Underpinning those Society honours was an extraordinary wealth of intellect, talent and drive, coupled with a willingness to invest vast amounts of time and energy in helping to shape others in their professional development. Tony’s principal research contribution was in using the EEG to measure brain activity during information processing and during social interaction, and his international reputation extended to his exploration of personality correlates of brain function. In mid-career his ground breaking qualitative research with families received much acclaim. For 40 years Tony combined publication of research in prestigious journals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision.
- Kingston University
- Southampton Solent University
- University of Bournemouth
- University of Brighton
- University of Chichester
- University of Portsmouth
- University of Reading
- University of Southampton
- University of Surrey
- University of Sussex
- University of Winchester
- The Open University (students with addresses in Region 2 - South and Region 13 - South East)
19 June Deadline for Universities to email completed nomination form to Anne Kerr. 21 June Wessex Branch will write to successful nominees requesting 1500 word shortened dissertation for publication in Wessex Bulletin by deadline of 7 September. Certificates will be sent to Universities for presentation to students. 30 September Successful shortened dissertations will be sent to the Wessex Bulletin Reviewing Committee. 30 October Wessex Bulletin reviewers comments for the successful shortened dissertations will be sent back to successful nominees. 15 November Wessex Branch will issue the prizes.
How to apply
Nominees (students) can not apply for this prize directly through the BPS Wessex Branch. Eligible University Psychology Departments will nominate students to the BPS Wessex Branch.
If you consider yourself eligible to be nominated for this Prize and have not been please contact Anne Kerr.
The Tony Gale Undergraduate Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation is judged by University Exam Boards.
Tony Gale Prize: 2019 WinnersShow content
University of Surrey
“Soaring in Nature: The Effect of Bird Wildlife Within Natural Environments on Feelings of Restoration and Well-being”
University of Winchester
Parenting Characteristics and School Stress: Examining Their Relationship with Paediatric Non-Clinical Inflated Responsibility Beliefs
Sofia Alves Branco
Judgements of sexual consent and the language of the eyes: An eye-tracking study
University of Chichester
Construct validity of the prospective memory evaluation measure (PMEM)
The Open University
Clare Louise Meeson
“That’s what friends are for”: a phenomenological study of friendship in the final year of university
The Open University
"I don’t have time for this": A Phenomenological Study of the Experience of Having a Cold
University of Reading
The influence of positive affect on the attentional blink: A replication of Olivers and Nieuwenhuis (2006)
An investigation into the similarity between friends’ mood and lifestyle choices
University of Southampton
Making Empathy Appealing to Narcissists
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: How do Funeral Directors understand their coping with occupational death exposure
University of Brighton
Maintaining Meat Consumption: Exploring the Role of Exposure to Animal Suffering on Perceptions of Pain-Sensitivity and Moral Status in Animals We Consume and Those We Keep as Pets
University of Portsmouth
In the Midst of Gorillas: Determining the Effect of Inhibition on Inattentional Blindness
Natasha Vann Baker
Investigating pupillary response, sexual appeal, and age estimation of age ambiguous stimuli
University of Sussex
Non-coercive intelligence gathering: evaluating the effectiveness of two frame-adapted, and non-framed, persuasive interview techniques
Bursary Scheme for MembersShow content
Bursaries are available for students to attend conferences or events in the region. All bursaries will be of equal value.
- An annual Bursary Prize might be offered to a Wessex Student to attend a conference of their choice providing that they were presenting a paper.
- An individual may only be in receipt of one bursary within a 12 month period.
- Bursaries may be offered for BPS events within the region organised by either sub-systems or universities.
- Provide details on how the bursaries will benefit their studies
- Previous applications may be taken into account in the decision making process.
- Recipients will be required to pay their conference fees and then submit their receipt to the Branch. The bursary will be paid by bank transfer on receipt of the conference report.
- Recipients will be required to submit a 500 word report on the conference for use as the Branch decide.
- There may be additional requirements for specific events and these will be detailed on an event-by-event basis.
- live or study in Wessex area
- must be a student member of the British Psychological Society
How to apply
- Download the Wessex Branch Bursary Application Form (member only)
Please note: that you must be signed-in to access this file.
These Bursaries will be allocated to students who are Wessex Branch members (ie members of the British Psychological Society either living or studying in the Wessex area), up to a maximum of 100% of the conference fee per student. Within these parameters the organising committee can determine the number and monetary value of the bursaries they wish to give, subject to confirmation by the Wessex Branch Committee. In the event of there being competition for the Bursaries the Wessex Branch Executive Committee will act as the judging panel.