Division of Occupational Psychology

DOP Excellence in Occupational Psychology Policy Impact Award


The Excellence in Occupational Psychology Policy Impact Award is a new award which recognises Occupational Psychologists and academic psychologists who conduct Occupational Psychology research who have affected policy change on a broad scale.

This may include those who have directly or indirectly influenced policy through raising awareness and changing perspectives on a particular issue.

Types of nominations

Nominations can be made either by or on behalf of an academic psychologist who conduct Occupational Psychology practice.

Entry criteria

Nominee must be a member of Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)

Nominator can be anyone

Assessment criteria

We will be assessing the extent to which nominees have demonstrated policy impact through Occupational Psychology against the following areas.

Nominees may have worked alone or as part of a small team, however awards will not be made to whole organisations.

  1. Influence
    To what extent did this work have an impact on society, government, sectors, organisations and / or individuals?
    To what extent has the nominee challenged existing ideas / practices (e.g. changing the way things are done, changing the conversation)?
  2. Science
    Quality of evidence base (e.g. theoretical / methodological basis) and / or the nominee’s contribution to developing this
  3. Ethics
    To what extent does this represent sound ethical principles 
  4. Visibility
    To what extent have they demonstrated thought leadership across the society (for example in the media, government, organisations etc)

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.

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information

Nominee information:

(Q2*) Nominee name

(Q3*) Nominee BPS number

Nominator information (if applicable):

(Q4*) Nominator name

(Q5*) Nominator institution

You will also be asked to provide information in relation to the following questions:

(Q6*) Please upload a summary of the area in which the nominee has had an impact (max 1,500 words)

(Q7*) What is the extent of their impact (who has been impacted, how many people / organisations etc)? (max 500 words)

(Q8*) Please describe how they have used Occupational Psychology research and practice to support their work (max 500 words)

(Q9*) Please describe how they have communicated their work across the society (max 500 words)

(Q10*) What ethical priniciples underpin their work? (max 500 words)

(Q11) Please use this space to provide any further information not covered by the above (max 500 words)

How to apply

Nominations are to be made online via the following link:

Judging process

Awards will be judged by a panel of Occupational Psychologist, academics and representatives from our partners. Full information about our judges can be found online via the following link:

Nominations will close on Tuesday the 30th of October 2018 and the winner will be notified by Friday 16 November 2018.

The Awards

The presentation ceremony will be held on the evening of the 10 January 2019 at the Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference Gala Dinner in Chester.

The winner will

  1. Receive a certificate
  2. Receive an award
  3. Expenses (travel costs (maximum £150) and the one day conference admission) will be covered
  4. Invite to present a poster at the DOP Annual Conference