The Sandy Murray Memorial Award - 2016

What is the Sandy Murray Memorial Award?

Sandy Murray

At the instance of the Trustees of the Psychologists Protection Society, the Murray Family have agreed to offer an annual prize to honour the life work and dedication to the Society by founder Sandy Murray. Since Sandy’s passing in 2014, many members have provided testimony as to the helpful support received from Sandy throughout his 40 year service and how he encouraged, inspired and enabled Members to face the difficulties which cropped up in their life as a therapist.  The purpose of this Sandy Murray Memorial Award is to encourage the best talents and personal qualities of new entrants to the talking and listening therapy professions. 

Who was Sandy Murray?

Sandy Murray, who passed away in 2014, was Secretary of the Psychologists Protection Society and servant to our PPS members for 40 years.  The Psychologists Protection Society was formed in 1974 out of an indemnity scheme operated by the British Psychological Society. Sandy, a Clinical Psychologist himself and one of first in the UK to establish an exclusively private practice, took over the scheme and created a new organisation, inviting his fellow professionals to join him.  Sandy made himself available to members 24/7 providing practical, sensible, in-depth advice to those in difficulties in a sympathetic and caring manner.  If a member required at phone call at 6 o’clock in the morning, Sandy was ready and waiting.  If a member needed to chat face to face, Sandy was on the next train.  Under  Sandy’s careful stewardship the Society grew from 200 members in 1974 to over 5300 in 2014.

What is the prize?

  • The presentation of an engraved glass trophy inscribed with citation SANDY MURRAY MEMORIAL AWARD, with the winner being able to retain an engraved glass keepsake. 
  • The winner of the competition will receive a money prize of £500, donated by the Murray family
  • The winners will be named perpetually on PPS literature and online media streams

What was the format of the 2016 competition?

The 2016 award took the format of an essay competition open to students or recent graduates on a course within the fields of counselling, psychotherapy and the therapeutic modalities of psychology. Entrants were asked to send a piece of writing which seeks to outline a personal statement of how you envisage the safeguarding of standards and practice can be maintained within your own discipline of counselling, psychotherapy and the therapeutic modalities of psychology in one or more fields of application e.g. independent/private practice, health service provision, government agencies, community care, charity/not for profit etc.


2016 Sandy Murray Memorial Award Winner Announced

Laura McGuinness


Psychologists Protection Society Trustee Katrina Millhagen was very pleased to introduce the winner of The Sandy Murray Memorial Award - Miss Laura McGuinness, at the Trust AGM in Edinburgh on the 23rd September 2016. Laura is a student on the MSc Psychotherapy course at the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy in England and her essay entitled "Going it Alone: Private Practice and Ethical Standards" was judged the best of the entries. Laura, who was invited to attend the event, was presented with her Award – a Glass Engraved Trophy and a cheque for £500, by Matthew Murray, Sandy Murray’s grandson.  

Many congratulations from the Trustees, staff and members of the Psychologists Protection Society!


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