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University of East London psychology alumnus Dr Mark Fox has recently become the second staff member of the School of Psychology to receive the prestigious British Psychological Society Lifetime Award. 

This is an annual award that recognises and celebrates exceptional and sustained contributions in a career as a practitioner psychologist.

Dr Mark Fox, pictured left, former programme director of educational psychology, follows the footsteps of Professor John Radford (founder and first head of psychology at UEL) who was the first to receive this award in 2011.

Professor Aneta Tunariu, dean of the School of Psychology, said: “We are delighted for this fitting celebration of Mark’s exceptional contribution to our profession. Each of these awards showcase the remarkable standards, aspirations and achievements of the community we call ‘Psychology at UEL’ since 1965."

Former alumnus Professor John Radford, pictured right,  has just celebrated his 90th birthday. He shaped higher education by introducing psychology as an A-level subject in 1970 and co-authored the first textbook to support this. He was also the inaugural recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Teaching of Psychology.

Dr Mark Fox, who retired from UEL in 2016, remains very active in educational psychology. He said: “I am honoured and delighted to receive this award and would like to thank Miles Thomas and Mary Robinson, current programme directors at UEL. They have always been such dedicated and supportive colleagues that continue to keep the unique spirit of UEL burning even during these difficult times.

“There are many more I would like to thank if I had the time, but I must add the Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) committee and also thank them for this honour.”

In recognition of Dr Fox’s outstanding contribution to professional practice over the course of his career, here is a video of him accepting the award. 

Watch Dr Mark Fox accepting the BPS DECP lifetime award.