Division of Occupational Psychology

DOP Excellence in Occupational Psychology Practice Award


The Excellence in Occupational Psychology Practice Award replaces the Practitioner of the Year Award. We welcome nominations from or on behalf of Occupational Psychologists who have demonstrated excellence in practice.

Types of nominations

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

Entry criteria

Nominee must

  1. Full Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)
  2. May be an individual or a lead of a small collaborative team

Please note
Awards will not be made to whole organisations.         

Can be anyone

Assessment criteria

We will be assessing the extent to which the nominee/small collaborative team has demonstrated excellence in Occupational Psychology Practice against the following areas.

  1. Evidence base
    Quality of gathered information (theoretical / methodological basis / stakeholders / practitioners / organisational data)
  2. Execution
    How well they met the aims of the project (for example whether they challenged the brief, innovative solutions), ethical considerations
  3. Impact
    To what extent did this work have an impact on individuals, organisations and stakeholders (for example contribution to learning)
  4. Visibility
    To what extent does this work illustrate the value of Occupational Psychology

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*) Please select one, is the nomination for

  • (a) an individual
  • (b) a small collaborative team 

(Q3*) Nominee/Lead name

(Q4*) Nominee BPS number

(Q5*) Nominee institution

(Q6*) Please tell us the names of all team members involved with this work

Nominator information (if applicable):

(Q7*) Nominator name

(Q8*) Nominator institution

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

(Q9*) Please provide a summary of the project (max 300 words)

(Q8) Please describe the brief and/or aims of the project (max 500 words)

(Q10*) Please provide details of how you developed the evidence for approach (including theoretical or research basis, methodology, ethics) and how this demonstrates excellence in practice (max 500 words)

(Q11*) Please provide details of how you delivered the project (including overcoming challenges, innovative practice) (max 500 words)

(Q12*) Please outline the impact on the work (for example benefits for clients, end users, contribution to individual and organisational learning etc) and how you evaluated this (max 500 words)

(Q13) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant (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 10 January 2019 at the Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference Gala Dinner in Chester.

There will be three short-listed candidates.

All three short listed candidates 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 (2019).

The winner will be invited to present at the following DOP Annual Conference (2020)