Division of Occupational Psychology

Student Prizes for Excellence in Occupational Psychology


The Student Prizes for Excellence in Occupational Psychology recognise undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorale projects
that have made a valuable contribution and / or potential real world impact to the field of occupational psychology.

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

  1. Be any member of Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)  
  2. Be registered at a UK insititution on an undergraduate or postgraduate course related to Occupational Psychology or
    have graduated within the last year
  3. Must be on a BPS accredited course


Can be anyone

Assessment criteria

  1. Science
    To what extent has this person produced quality research? (for example gaining quality samples, addressing real world
    problems etc)
  2. Competence
    To what extent has this person’s work demonstrated excellence in research methodology (for example using innovative
  3. Influence
    To what extent has this person’s research contributed to knowledge, practice or policy
  4. Visibility
    To what extent has this person’s research demonstrated 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*) Nominee name

(Q3*) Nominee BPS number

(Q4*) Nominee institution

(Q5*) Nominee course title

(Q6*) Please select one,

  • a) Currently an undergraduate
  • b) Currently a postgraduate
  • c) Graduated

(Q7*) When did you graduate?

(Q8*) Please upload proof of degree (BA/BSc, Msc, PhD)

Nominator information (if applicable):

(Q9*) Nominator name

 (Q10*) Nominator institution

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

(Q11*) Project Supervisor name

(Q12*) Project Supervisor position / title

(Q13*) Project Supervisor academic institution

(Q14*) Project Supervisor email address

(Q15*) Please provide details of:

  • a) Name of project
  • b) Date project was completed
  • c) Institution where research was conducted

(Q16*) Please upload the project information (max 2,000 words)

Project information should cover the following areas

  • Provide an overview of the project conducted
  • Describe the contribution provided to the field of occupational psychology / potential real-world impact
  • Describe the theory underlining your project
  • Outline the methodology you adopted and the rationale underpinning this decision
  • Outline the results found the implications of these
  • Discuss how you dealt with ethical issues in your project

Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

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
Gale Dinner in Chester.

The winner will

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