(a) The APS Sydney Branch Outstanding Lecturer in Psychology Award encourages psychology students to take an active role in and promotion of the Society through the nomination of a theme in the field of psychology and accompanying lecturer most likely to pack psychology students into a lecture hall.

(b) This Award is inspired by the Art Gallery of NSW annual Packing Room Prize awarded in association with the Archibald Prize for portraiture; Australia’s most prestigious portraiture prize.  The Packing Room Prize is awarded to the work selected by the Gallery staff responsible for unpacking, sorting, storing and installing the works for the Archibald Prize. In a similar fashion, this award will be selected by students who are responsible for “unpacking, sorting, storing and in a way installing‟ psychology lecturers.


(a) The Sydney Branch is responsible for administering the Award and for funding of the Award.

(b) The Sydney Branch Committee will appoint a selection committee comprising the Chair of the Sydney Branch and student representatives from each of the Sydney based universities offering APAC accredited undergraduate psychology courses to be responsible for recommending an appropriate Award winner to the Board.

(c) The Chair of the Sydney Branch will invite the Head of School of each participating university to host a special event lecture by the nominee from their university on the theme in psychology identified by the students.

(d) A representative of the Sydney Branch will present the Award certificate to the successful lecturer at the conclusion of their special event lecture.


(a) Nominees need not be a member of the Society.  

(b) The nominee must be teaching an APAC accredited course in psychology at one of the Sydney based universities.

Nomination Process

The student representatives of the Sydney Branch will be responsible for consulting with other psychology students on campus regarding the theme and lecturer and reporting back to the selection committee with an appropriate nominee from each university.

Value of the Award

Successful candidates for the APS Sydney Branch Outstanding Lecturer in Psychology Award will receive a certificate.

Closing date

Closing date to be advised

Member Groups Administrator
Tel: 03 8662 3300
Email: branches@psychology.org.au

Previous winners

2011 Not awarded
Not awarded
2009  Dr Tom Denson