​Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity

This Award recognises an individual psychologist for significant contributions made to challenging social inequalities in the UK.

Nominees can be teachers, researchers or practitioners with judges recognising differences made to challenging issues surrounding gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Guidelines for Proposers

Outlined below is a set of indicators that provide a guide as to what the Ethics Committee will be looking for in assessing nominations for the Award.

It would be helpful if you could complete the nomination form using the same criteria headings that the Committee will be applying when assessing nominations. This will assist the Committee to assess nominations in a consistent and equitable manner.  

Please note:  Current members of the Committee, or new members appointed prior to the deadline for the Award nominations, are not eligible for consideration during their Term of Office, and for 12 months following their retirement from the Committee.

Guidance for assessors and a nomination form can be obtained from the Awards and Grants team

If you encounter any issues when completing the application form, or require any further clarification, please email [email protected].


Evidence of Personal Commitment

For example:

  • Adopted high profile - prepared to speak out
  • Evidence of having influenced others (comments from those influenced))
  • Has advocated on behalf of the client or group
  • Prepared to challenge traditional views (please illustrate how this was carried out)
  • Work focussed around an identifiable group(s)/issue(s)

Evidence of a significant and sustained impact on the Psychology Teaching, Research or Practice

For example:

  • Work has been recognised by others (e.g. invitations to speak, replication of work)
  • Influence on research, teaching or practice methodologies (please provide evidence)
  • Development of new practical approaches
  • Influenced the training of psychologists (provide evidence)
  • Involvement with the Society/other professional bodies, working parties, etc.
  • Has had an academic impact (e.g. developed theoretical models or received citations)

Evidence of a significant and sustained wider Impact on Other Professions / Service Providers

For example:

  • Involved in non-psychology committees/working parties etc.
  • Work extends beyond  your own area of teaching, research or practice
  • Geographical impact is broad
  • Has impact on other service providers (illustrate how)
  • Action oriented, problem solving approaches
  • Others have been empowered to take part


For example:

  • Contribution to policy development
  • Projects established and continued without nominee’s continued involvement
  • Direct impact on quality of service provided
  • Has changed the way the group and issues relating to them are viewed (please provide evidence from groups)
  • Has changed the perception, willingness and ability of groups concerned to take up issues and projects themselves (evidence essential)
  • Work has enhanced the lives of target groups (how)
  • Feedback from the client group themselves