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Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology

The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology promotes the professional interests of sport and exercise psychologists in the UK and aims to support the development of psychology both as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.

About us

The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) promotes the professional interests of sport and exercise psychologists, and seeks to develop an active community of individuals and groups interested in sport and exercise psychology.

These groups range from HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologists, university lecturers, researchers, students and trainee sport and exercise psychologists to coaches, teachers, athletes, and anyone with an interest in sport and exercise psychology.

We seek to promote the development and sharing of knowledge, experience and expertise through a range of different forums including:

  • Applied Hubs
  • DSEP Annual conference
  • DSEP Division days
  • E-Newsletter
  • Research Working Groups
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology Review (SEPR)
  • Website
  • Workshops

The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Committee works on behalf of the Division membership to increase awareness and understanding of the field of sport and exercise psychology, and the profession of sport and exercise psychologists.

 

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Applied hubs

Applied hubs are DSEP supported communities that seek to provide opportunities for communication, networking, and the sharing of experiences for anyone interested in sport and exercise psychology applied practice, and in particular for Stage 2 candidates and their supervisors.

The Hubs provide further training opportunities, an environment in which the challenges of applied practice can be shared and discussed, and the opportunity for hub members to engage in collaborative training, CPD activity and to share experiences and promote the profession locally.

Research Working groups

These are DSEP recognised research groups set up to investigate specific topics relevant to sport and exercise psychology. DSEP fund two Research Working Groups per year. The primary aims of the Research Working Group initiative are;

  1. to enable leaders of working groups to bring together experts from within a research area to foster greater collaboration,
  2. to encourage and support working groups who wish to progress a specific research area within sport and exercise psychology,
  3. to provide small funds to be exclusively used for travel and accommodation expenses for the members of the working group.

Publications

Sport and Exercise Psychology Review

A forum for the dissemination of information to the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) membership and other interested parties. 

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Careers

Who are sport and exercise psychologists?

Fundamentally, sport and exercise psychologists are practitioner psychologists who seek to apply psychological knowledge, skills and expertise within the context of sport and exercise.

The HCPC keep a register of all individuals who are legally able to practice as sport and exercise psychologists and/or practitioner psychologists in the UK.

What qualifications should they have?

In one sense this is a straight-forward question. To call yourself a sport and exercise psychologist legally you have to be on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered for practitioner psychologists.

Sport and Exercise Psychologist is a protected title, and only individuals who meet the HCPC's criteria in terms of knowledge, expertise and experience are allowed access to the register. Usually, HCPC registered psychologists will also be Chartered members of the British Psychological Society.

How do you get qualified?

At the current time, the only route to get on the HCPC register as a sport and exercise psychologist is to complete the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) Stage One and Stage Two. 

This is a doctoral level qualification which leads to eligibility for Chartered membership of the Society, Full membership of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK.

Nominations are being invited for each of the awards below.

Members can either nominate themselves or other members for the awards, with the exception of the Distinguished Contribution award.

The deadline for the current round of nominations is 30 September 2022.

For any queries regarding awards or funding please contact Member Network Services

Awards & funding

Early Career Practitioner Applied Practice Award

Overview

The Early Career Practitioner Applied Practice Award recognises any early career members of the Division of the Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP) who have made significant contribution to applied practice within the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the last 12 months.

The Early Career Practitioner Applied Practice Award recognises any early career members of the Division of the Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP) who have made significant contribution to applied practice within the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the last 12 months.

To be eligible to apply for this award you must be a member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and currently going through Stage 2 of the Qualification in Sport & Exercise Psychology, studying on a BPS accredited Sport & Exercise Psychology Professional Doctorate programme, or have completed your Stage 2 training in the five years leading up to the award deadline.

Assessment Criteria

In determining who to award the applied practice award to, applications received for the awards will be judged by at least two independent assessors according to the following criteria:

  1. The innovation of evidence-based practice, its impact on stakeholders and clients, and its effectiveness.
  2. The level of contribution to the field in applied practice relative to applicant’s career stage.

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information:

Nominee details:

  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Organisation/affiliation
  4. BPS membership number

Supporting Documentary Evidence:

  • statement (4 pages maximum) outlining the case for the nomination

Please note: these must be merged into one PDF document and provided as one attachment.

Following the submission of the report, you will receive an automated confirmation of receipt of your submission, and the outcome of the reviewers’ decision will be made within 2 months of the deadline.

The recipient of award will receive:

The recipient of this award will receive £300 and their BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Annual Conference registration fees will also be covered for them to present their work at the conference and receive their award at the Annual Conference Dinner.

If submissions are received that do not conform to the high standards implied by the prize, no award will be made.

Established Practitioner Applied Practice Award

Overview

The Established Practitioner Applied Practice Award recognises experienced members of the Division of the Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP) who have made significant contribution to applied practice within the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the last 12 months.

To be eligible to apply for this award you must be a member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, HCPC registered, and have at least 5 years’ experience (e.g., post Stage 2 qualification) at the time of the award deadline.  

Assessment Criteria

In determining who to award the applied practice award to, applications received for the awards will be judged by at least two independent assessors according to the following criteria:

  1. The innovation of evidence-based practice, its impact on stakeholders and clients, and its effectiveness.
  2. The level of contribution to the field in applied practice relative to applicant’s career stage.

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information:

Nominee details:

  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Organisation/affiliation
  4. BPS membership number

Supporting Documentary Evidence:

  • statement (4 pages maximum) outlining the case for the nomination

Please note: these must be merged into one PDF document and provided as one attachment.

Following the submission of the report, you will receive an automated confirmation of receipt of your submission, and the outcome of the reviewers’ decision will be made within 2 months of the deadline.

The recipient of award will receive:

The recipient of this award will receive £300 and their BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Annual Conference registration fees will also be covered for them to present their work at the conference and receive their award at the Annual Conference Dinner.

If submissions are received that do not conform to the high standards implied by the prize, no award will be made.

Distinguished Contribution Award

Overview

The Distinguished Contribution Award is to recognise any members of the Division of the Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP) who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology in any relevant area (e.g., research, applied consultancy, education) over a sustained period of time.

Entry Criteria

  • Nominee must be a Full Member of Division of the Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP)
  • Nominators must be Full Members of the Division of Sports & Excercise Psychology (DSEP)

Assessment Criteria

In determining who to award the distinguished contribution award to, applications received for the awards will be judged by at least two independent assessors according to the following criteria:

  1. The innovation and impact of evidence-based sport and exercise psychology practice in relevant area nominated and its effectiveness.
  2. The level of contribution to the field in the relevant area nominated.

How to apply

Applications for this award should be made by 2 nominators (who rather than individuals applying on their own behalf. In other words, if you feel that you have a colleague or someone you know has made a distinguished contribution to the discipline of Sport and Exercise Psychology, you can nominate them for this award. In addition to this, the DSEP committee also has the right to nominate someone each year for this award.

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information:

Nominee details:

  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Organisation/affiliation
  4. BPS membership number

Details of two nominators:

  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Organisation/affiliation
  4. BPS membership number

Supporting Documentary Evidence:

  • statement (4 pages maximum) outlining the case for the nomination

Please note: these must be merged into one PDF document and provided as one attachment.

Following the submission of the report, you will receive an automated confirmation of receipt of your submission, and the outcome of the reviewers’ decision will be made within 2 months of the deadline.

Recipient of award will receive

The award will be presented to the successful nominee at the Division’s Conference. The award recipient may be asked to deliver a keynote lecture or speech at the conference.

If submissions are received that do not conform to the high standards implied by the prize, no award will be made.

Research Awards

In total we have three research awards available per year.

H.T.A. Whiting Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

This annual prize recognises the best undergraduate dissertation submitted by a DSEP member. The award is given in honour of the late H.T.A. Whiting. Research on any aspect of sport and exercise psychology is eligible.

MSc Award

This annual prize recognises the best MSc dissertation submitted by a DSEP member. Research on any aspect of sport and exercise psychology is eligible.

PhD Award

This annual prize is awarded to a PhD student whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, and innovative contribution to knowledge in the field. Research on any aspect of sport and exercise psychology is eligible.

In order to be eligible for submission and for you to be able to apply for these awards, your thesis must have been submitted for and awarded the relevant level (e.g., Undergraduate, MSc, PhD) at a UK institution of higher education within a year of the award nomination deadline. It must represent the independent work of the student submitting. 

Entry Criteria

  • Nominee must be a Member of Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP)

Assessment Criteria

Applications for the awards will be judged by at least two independent assessors according to the following criteria:

Critical and analytical thinking

The submitted summary report of the thesis should show considerable evidence of critical and analytical thought in both the rationale for, and design of the study/studies relevant to the level of application.

Originality of the work

The study should represent an original investigation into any topic in sport and exercise psychology.

Presentation

The application should demonstrate excellent levels of presentation including grammar, spelling and (where appropriate) academic writing style.

Scientific rigour

The submitted summary report should demonstrate excellent levels of scientific rigour in the design, analysis, and write-up relevant to the level of application.

If submissions are received that do not conform to the high standards implied by the prize, no award will be made.

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information:

Nominee details:

  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Organisation/affiliation
  4. BPS membership number

Supporting Documentary Evidence:

  • Evidence of degree award
  • A summary report giving the main findings in the thesis and theoretical and applied implications. - BSc award: max 2 A4 pages (1 page outlining case for award, 1 page abstract/summary of study) - MSc award: max 3 A4 pages (1 page outlining case for award, 2 pages abstract/summary of research) - PhD award: max 4 A4 pages (1 page outlining case for award, 3 pages of abstracts/summary of research)

    All of the following headings should be used in the report:

    Title: The title should be short, informative and precise be written in Upper and Lower Case

    Introduction and Aims of the Research Programme: Outline the literature underpinning the research, the identified gaps in the literature, and the aims of the research programme.

    Abstract(s) for each Study Conducted: Provide abstracts for each of the studies conducted in your research. This may only be one abstract for the undergraduate and master’s awards, but is likely to be more for the PhD award.

    Contribution to Knowledge and Applied Implications: Outline the key contributions to knowledge and any applied implications which permeate from the work.

    Strengths and Limitations: Recognition of the key strengths and limitations of the work.

    References: Include a list of up to 5 indicative references which relate to the project.

    Appendixes (if required): Tables and figures may be included in the additional information as required.

  • A letter of support from the supervisor of not more than one page (Times New Roman, size 12 font, 1.5 line spacing) outlining the suitability of the candidate for the award on offer and confirming that the work in the application it is the student’s own work.

In total, the main body of the application (e.g., covering letter, summary report of thesis, and supervisor support letter) should not exceed six pages.

Please note: these must be merged into one PDF document and provided as one attachment.

Following the submission of the report, you will receive an automated confirmation of receipt of your submission, and the outcome of the reviewers’ decision will be made within 2 months of the deadline

The Recipient of award will receive:

H.T.A. Whiting Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

The recipient of this award will receive £100 and their registration fees will also be covered should they present their research at the DSEP Annual Conference within two years of receiving the award.

MSc Award

The recipient of this award will receive £200 and their registration fees will also be covered should they present their research at the DSEP Annual Conference within two years of receiving the award. 

PhD Award

The recipient of this award will receive £300 and their registration fees will also be covered should they present their research at the DSEP Annual Conference within two years of receiving the award. 

How to apply for all awards

Deadline for nominations is 30 September 2022.

Funding - research working groups

Overview

BPS DSEP Research Working Groups (henceforth referred to as “Research Working Groups”) are DSEP recognised research groups set up to investigate specific topics relevant to sport and exercise psychology. The primary aims of the Research Working Groups initiative are:

  • To enable leaders of working groups to bring together experts from within a research area to foster greater collaboration.
  • To encourage and support working groups who wish to progress a specific research area within sport and exercise psychology.
  • To provide small funds to be exclusively used for travel and accommodation expenses for the members of the working group (as stated on the proposal).

How to set up and requirements

How to set up a Research Working Group

To set up a Research Working Group, a working group lead (who must be a DSEP member) should submit a formal application to the DSEP Resrach Working Group Lead.

The proposal will be reviewed by the committee and assessed in relation to a set of specific criteria in October of each year.

The proposal must demonstrate the value of Research Working Group to DSEP.

A Research Working Group should comprise at least four members, and should not exceed 10 members.

The members of the Research Working Group are not required to be DSEP members, only the lead must be a member of DSEP. 

Requirements of a Research Working Group

In general, the proposed working group should clearly state why the working group is needed, it should be clear as to the importance of the research area being pursued, it should be led by an established researcher in the research area proposed, it should clearly state the anticipated outcomes of the group, should document a 2-year plan for group meetings and actions, and should state how the group will endorse the values of the BPS. We aim to work in a culture of: rigour and fairness; honesty and integrity; transparency; respect for a diversity of viewpoints; the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behaviour, attitudes and judgements, as laid out in our Code of Ethics and Conduct (The BPS Strategic Plan 2015-2020). 

In addition, the criteria will outline to proposers that outcomes can include published papers, further research funding, a position statement, series of blogs/vlogs and other publicly available media, or conference posters/presentations/symposia.

Any outputs produced must acknowledge DSEP as a funder. The working group lead must present at the annual DSEP conference the following year (if the working group commences in October 2019, the lead must present in 2020).

The outcomes of each funded meeting should be minuted and submitted to DSEP to provide progress updates to the committee. The Research Working Group Lead (currently Dr Martin Turner) will visit each Research Working Group once per year to ensure adherence to the requirements of a BPS DSEP Research Working Group.

Funding and timescale

Research Working Groups will operate for up to two years from the date of approval by the committee.

Expenses will only be funded to the amount of £1,500 per year per a group, and will only be processed for approved Research Working Group members (those named on the form).

The number of working groups is dictated by how much the committee feels is appropriate. This may hinge on available funds. The group will not receive the funding directly, but will submit an expenses report to DSEP.

DSEP will fund up to two Research Working Groups per year (Year 1 Total cost for up to two groups = £3,000 + two conference fee waivers, Year 2 Total cost for up to two groups = £3,000 + two conference fee waivers). 

Growth

If deemed successful, the initiative could expand to 4 groups at a cost of £6,000 per a year.

Benefits

Benefits to the Research Working Group

Each Research Working Group will receive £1,500 for use on travel and accommodation expenses for UK members within the working group to attend research meetings.

This allows the working group to collaborate with experts in the area of interest without the barrier of travel and accommodation costs.

This is crucial because experts can be disparately located across the U.K., and travel can be costly (e.g., from Scotland, to London). It is stipulated that the lead must present at the DSEP conference the following year. If the Research Working Group is approved in October 2019, the lead must present at DSEP 2020. The fees for this individual will be waived, but travel expenses for the conference should be allocated from their Research Working Groups fund.

The working group will be a DSEP recognised group, which may help the group to garner further interest from collaborators and funders.

Benefits to DSEP

DSEP have an opportunity to support valuable research groups that will produce outputs that further the field. By supporting Research Working Groups DSEP can have a hand in helping research groups to form stronger, more expansive, and more productive networks. Inter and multi-disciplinary collaboration is highly beneficial for research, but can be costly and difficult to manage.

Better collaboration will lead to higher quality work being produced, therefore enhancing the reputation and impact of sport and exercise psychology. In addition, in the Research Working Group proposal, the Research Working Group lead must outline the benefits of the Research Working Group to DSEP. 

Guide for nominations

You will need the following information:

Proposed Research Working Group Lead information

(Q1*) Name

(Q2*) BPS membership number

(Q3*) Position/Organisation

Proposed members of the Research Working Group information

(Q4*) Names

(Q5*) Please provide a brief literature review of the proposed area of research, also forming a strong rationale for the pursuit of further research in the area (max 300 words)

(Q6*) Please state why the proposed Research Working Group is needed, communicating the importance of the research area being pursued to the field of sport and exercise psychology (max 300 words).

(Q7*) Please provide a short statement that demonstrates that the proposed Research Working Group lead is an established researcher in the proposed research area (max 150 words).

(Q8*) Please outline what the value of Research Working Group to DSEP could be if funded (max 200 words).

(Q9*) Please outline the anticipated measurable outcomes of the proposed Research Working Group, and when those outcomes would be achieved (max 200 words).

(Q10*) Please indicate a brief 2-year plan for the Research Working Group activity across the funded period. This should include approximate meeting frequency, meeting objectives, and key milestones (max 300 words).

(Q12*) Please state how the Research Working Group will endorse the values of the BPS DSEP (max 200 words).

(Q13*) Please add any further information you feel the committee should consider alongside your application (max 100 words).

How to apply

Deadline for applications is 30 September 2022.

For any questions or queries please contact [email protected]

Committee

Chair: Emily Pattinson

Chair Elect: Vacant

Past Chair: Robert Morris

Honorary Treasurer: Vacant

Honorary Secretary: Vaithehy Shanmuganathan Felton

Awards and Working Groups Lead: Bryan McCann

General Committee Members

  • Tracy Donachie
  • Ryan Pelling

CPD Lead: Darren Britton

DSEP Conference Lead: Rachel Arnold

Network Development and Health and Care Professions Council Lead: Stephen Smith

Research Lead: Robert Vaughan

Social Media, Marketing and Communications Lead: Alban Dickson

DSEP Training Committee Chair: Andrew Manley

Editor of Sport and Exercise Psychology Review (SEPR): Christopher Wagstaff

Ethics Committee Representative: Sandra Wolfson

PsyPAG Representative: Dane McCarrick

Research Board Representative: Andrew Hill

Representative: Karl Steptoe

Join

Apply to join the DSEP (students, affiliates, e-subscribers)

Apply to join the DSEP (graduate, chartered, and in-training members)

Membership of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a member you can join the DSEP at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

There are three grades of divisional membership:

  • Full Divisional membership - £35

    For fully qualified psychologists who are eligible for Chartered Status.

  • In-training Divisional membership - £15

    For psychologists in-training who hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and are working towards Chartered status and Full Divisional membership.

  • General Divisional membership - £15

    For members who are not currently eligible for the above grades, to join as a General Member.

 

Benefits of belonging

Benefits of DSEP Membership

Benefits of membership include:

  • Access to high quality presentations, opportunities to present a paper or poster, and network at our annual DSEP conference at executive rates.
  • Access to preferential rates for workshops, webinars and other CPD events.
  • Access to the DSEP website which includes access to members only resources.
  • For Stage Two students you will also have the opportunity to apply for two free workshops per year
  • Innovative and focused sport and exercise psychology research working groups.
  • Opportunity to apply for a number of awards including the: Early Practitioner award (£400 + conference fee paid for); PhD award (£400 + conference fee paid for); MSc award (£300 + conference fee paid for); HTA Whiting Under Graduate award (£200 + conference fee paid for); or Distinguished Contribution award (Bespoke gift + conference fee paid for).
  • Regional hubs for applied Sport and Exercise Psychology practitioner development.
  • The biannual Sport and Exercise Psychology Review (SEPR) publication. 
  • Up to £500 to support and develop training within your regional applied Sport and Exercise Psychology hub.
  • Up to £1500 to support and develop your own working groups.

Member Announcement List

The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the DSEP you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  2. opt into receiving email communications and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'DSEP announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the DSEP Committee

The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Division is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.

If you are interested in joining the Committee, you can apply by completing a Statement of Interest, found on our Members Online Resources area: