Excellence in Research Prize
Closing date 11 May 2012
The Division of Counselling Psychology is pleased to announce the Excellence in Research Prize. This annual prize of £500 will be given in recognition of the importance of research in the development of field of counselling psychology. This is a reflection of the Division's commitment to promoting research of international excellence and given with the intention to stimulate high-quality psychological research and dissemination.The Excellence in Research Prize will be awarded to an individual submitting an unpublished research paper that has a direct application to the practice of counselling psychology (max. 7000 words - including references). Submissions will be due 11 May 2012, with the recipient announced at the Counselling Psychology AGM. A condition of accepting the prize is that the recipient must agree to make appropriate amendments to the paper and submit it for publication in Counselling Psychology Review. The candidate (first author) must be the individual primarily responsible for the project described in the report. Where relevant, any co-authors of the report (for example, a research supervisor) must confirm the above in writing. The Excellence in Research Prize will be presented to the first author of the report only. The names of co-authors may be mentioned on the submission and in any future publication.
Once the deadline for submissions has passed, each submission will be circulated to three evaluators. The evaluator’s decision on the successful candidate will be final. An individual may submit one entry per year.
Submissions should include the following:
Papers outside this format will not be considered.
- Proposal covering letter (stating title of paper, lead researcher, co-authors, lead researcher address, e-mail and telephone). You should also offer proof of dissemination and/or plan of dissemination of research findings.
- Abstract: Include a 200 to 250 word abstract and up to six keywords.
- Body of paper: Should include sections for introduction, method, results/findings, discussion, conclusion and references. This should not exceed 7,000 words including references.
- Your paper should discuss the relevance and implications of the research for counselling psychology.
Papers will be judged on the following criteria:
- Whether the paper adds significantly to the knowledge base of Counselling Psychology;
- Clearly making epistemological standpoint;
- Make use of relevant up to date literature (regarding subject matter and methodology);
- Research design clearly explained;
- Analysis clearly explained;
- Appropriate ethical considerations;
- Appropriate use of references.
Proposals should be submitted electronically to: DCoPawards@bps.org.uk
For additional information, please contact Dr Terry Hanley, Research Lead.