The British Psychological Society Awards were established in 2006, to recognise distinctive and exemplary contributions to psychological knowledge. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in recognition of outstanding personal achievements and significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge. Professor Lane has been credited with bringing about ‘the professionalisation of counselling psychology’.
As Research Director of the International Centre for the Study of Coaching (ICSC) at Middlesex, Professor Lane has made significant contributions to leading-edge research in education, coaching and management issues. He also set up structures for specialised awards in psychotherapy for the European Federation of Psychologists Associations, which were recently adopted by 34 countries.
Professor Lane has worked with Middlesex University since the mid-1990s and was appointed Visiting Professor at Middlesex’s Institute for Work Based Learning in 2000. He pioneered the Masters degrees in coaching through Work Based Learning, and also developed the first professional Doctorate in coaching. His involvement with the ICSC has also focused on promoting collaborative research and on establishing coaching standards for international organisations.
Professor Lane’s professional practice has also included developing school-focused support services for vulnerable children, and setting up the Professional Development Foundation, a validated partner of Middlesex University. The PDF provides research and training programmes to the public and private sectors, contributing to the development of workers through these programmes. Professor Lane has also worked on EU research into fair selection systems, and has worked with many professional groups on workforce development issues in the UK and overseas.
Professor Carol Costley, of Middlesex’s Institute for Work Based Learning, said: “We’re delighted to see Professor Lane recognised for his work by such a prestigious professional body. He has made an immense contribution to the development of theory, study and practice of coaching here at the International Centre for the Study of Coaching, and we look forward to working with him on a range of projects in the future”.
The BPS Lifetime Achievement Award, which Professor Lane shares with Professor Graham Turpin, consists of Life Membership of the Society, and a prize sum of £1000 to be spent on furthering an area of research of each nominee’s choice. The Award will be presented at the BPS Annual Conference, to be held in April 2010 at Stratford on Avon.
Professor Lane will give a lecture entitled Creating a compelling story about our professional practice at Middlesex University on 25 March.