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Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section

The Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section is for anyone interested in qualitative approaches to psychology and its impact on theory, research and practice.

About

We support our members by providing training and advice, by holding regular events, and by keeping members up to date with the latest divisional news. 

QMiP aims to:

  • act as a network of qualified psychologists, extending collaboration possibilities, sharing expertise and offering training opportunities to members
  • champion and develop qualitative methods in psychology
  • raise the profile of teaching and research of qualitative methods in psychology

Publications

QMiP Bulletin

The Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Bulletin comes out twice a year and includes forthcoming events, reviews of conferences of interest to qualitative psychologists, stories of new initiatives for raising the profile of qualitative methods, research reports, book reviews and more.

Awards & funding

Advanced Career Recognition

QMiP champion those who have an advanced track record in work underpinned by qualitative theory, research and/or practice by nominating them and their work for competitive awards, invitations of esteem and key commissions of trust. 

In the past the QMiP committee have recommended qualitative psychlogists for keynote speeches at BPS conferences, including the BPS Annual and QMiP conferences.  Also, we have nominated qualitative psychologists for markers of esteem such as Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences and BPS awards.

Undergraduate Dissertation

Citations for Excellence in Undergraduate Qualitative Research

QMiP want to celebrate a wide range of qualitative theory, research and practice.  QMiP welcomes nominations from members for undergraduate students who have completed an excellent dissertation in qualitative psychology.

The winners will receive a certificate to recognise their excellent work and be invited to write up their dissertation for a subsequent issue of the QMiP Bulletin. 

Criteria
  • No more than two nominations per course in any given year (in the case of more than two nominations, QMiP will expect the nominators to agree which should be nominated between them)
  • QMiP want to hear from our members about what they think is excellent, so a strong nomination statement is vital.
  • Student (nominee) must be on a Society accredited undergraduate course
  • The nomination (through the dissertation abstract and nomination statement) must make clear how the excellence in the dissertation is underpinned by qualitative theory and by either qualitative research or practice.
  • The nominator must be a QMiP member.
Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information

Nominee
  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Organisation/affiliation
  4. BPS membership number (if applicable)
Nominator
  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Organisation/affiliation
  4. BPS membership number

Key achievements of nominee (1,000 words in narrative format) - please enter the nomination statement in this field including thesis title and abstract

The nomination statement should outline the excellence in the dissertation drawing particular attention:

  • How independently the student worked
  • How the project is underpinned by qualitative research or practice
  • How the project is underpinned by qualitative theory 
  • Whether the project has utilised qualitative research methods in an innovative way

Supporting documentary evidence - please include Course name, institution, graduation date and official results date

Please note

The nomination statement should outline the excellence in the dissertation and how it is underpinned by qualitative research, theory and/or practice

​​Deadline

16 June of every year

How to apply
Judging process

    Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of QMiP committee members. 

    Doctoral Research Award

    Please note submissions are now closed.
    Citations for Excellence in Qualitative Doctoral Research

    The QMiP Citations for Excellence in Qualitative Doctoral Research recognise outstanding PhD/Doctorate research. This award aims to celebrate high-quality qualitative doctoral level research and champion upcoming qualitative researchers. Submissions are invited from all areas of Psychology where qualitative methods are applied as the primary tools of investigation.

    Winner of the first prize will receive:

    • £100 cash prize
    • An invitation to the QMiP bi-annual conference to orally present their research or present a poster
    • Expenses to the QMiP bi-annual conference up to £150 (to cover registration, travel, and accommodation)
    • The opportunity to publish findings in the QMiP bulletin (subject to peer review)
    • Winners Certificate

    Runners up will receive:

    • £50 cash prize
    • An invitation to the QMiP bi-annual conference to orally present their research or present a poster
    • The opportunity to publish findings in the QMiP bulletin (subject to peer review)
    • Runner up Certificate
    Eligibility:

    Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a member of the BPS and QMiP
    • Have been awarded either a research or a practice doctorate by a UK university
    • Submit their nomination to QMiP within 18 months of the doctorate being awarded
    Review Process and Criteria:

    Applications will be judged by a panel drawn from the QMiP committee. All applications will be reviewed by at least two panel members with final decisions being ratified by the review panel chair. Reviewers will be looking for evidence of the following:

    • A clear rationale as to why the project and the researcher should be considered for this award
    • Indication of specific contribution to the field of research, which may include originality of approach and/or novelty of methodological application; theoretical contribution, and/or practical applications.
    • The importance of the research in relation to previous and on-going research
    • Dissemination of research through publications and presentations

    The panel will award one winning Citation for Excellence and up to a maximum of four runners up prizes each year. The decisions of the panel are final.

    How to Apply:
    • Complete an application form to include:
    • A self-statement from the PhD/Doctorate candidate of up to 500 words
    • A supporting statement from the PhD/Doctorate supervisor of up to 500 words.
    • Details of any publications and presentations (poster or oral) completed during the PhD/Doctorate

    Committee

    Chair - Simon Goodman

    Simon leads on QMiP’s policy proposal development.  He is also a member of the BPS Social Section committee and a member of the QMiP REF working group

    Chair Elect

    Biographical information TBA.

    Past Chair - Joanna Brooks

    Biographical information TBA.

    Honorary Treasurer - Claire Melia

    Biographical information TBA.

    Honorary Secretary - Cath Sullivan

    Cath is QMiP’s Honorary Secretary and leads QMiP’s awards committee.  She is also a member of the TQP group

    QMiP Bulletin Editor - Claire Melia and Deborah Bailey Rodriguez

    Claire and Deborag are the editors of QMiP’s twice yearly publication, ‘QMiP Bulletin’.

    Committee Member - Chris Howard

    Chris is lead of QMiP’s developing training for teaching qualitative methods at A level group.

    Committee Member - Laura Kilby

    Laura is a member of the QMiP REF working group.  She is QMiP’s liaison lead with SQIP (Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology), QMiP’s US counterparts.  SQIP are a subdivision of the American Psychological Association’s Division for Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (Division 5).

    Committee Member - Sarah Seymour-Smith

    Sarah is a member of the QMiP REF working group

    Committee Member - Candice Whitaker

    Biographical information TBA.

    Co-opted member - Anastasia Rousaki

    Biographical information TBA.

    Co-opted member - Eva Fragkiakaki

    Biographical information TBA.

    Co-opted member - William Day

    Biographical information TBA.

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead Representative - Mohammed Malik

    Biographical information TBA.

    PsyPAG representation - Victoria Lister

    Biographical information TBA.

    Social Media Representative - Kristina Newman

    Kristina is AMiP's social media lead

    QMiP Open Science Working Group Lead - Pete Branney

    Pete is QMiP’s Open Science working group lead

    TQP Representative - Vacant

    This position is vacant

    EQUiP representative - Carolin Demuth

    Carolin is the President of EQuiP and is their external link representative on QMiP committee.

    ISCHP Representative - Gareth Treharne

    Gareth is Chair of ISCHP (International Society for Critical Health Psychology) and QMiP’s international representative.

    Join

    Membership of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

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

    Apply to join the society

    Benefits of belonging

    Benefits of Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Membership

    • Eligibility to apply for a range of awards
    • Receive a free copy of our regular publication the QMiP Bulletin
    • Reduced registration rates to our biennial conference and regular training events
    • Regular updates via our membership announcement e-mail list

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    The Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section 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. 

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    Getting involved with the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Committee

    The Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section 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 students members, and together form an open and inclusive community.