**Celebrating the winners of the SPA Awards 2016!**
The SPA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 SPA awards. The awards ceremony, held in the beautiful Ulster Hall, Belfast, on 4 July, recognised four winners in three award categories.
The Special Recognition Award is for those SPA members who have retired, are due to retire within a year of the award, or hold an Emeritus position, and whom judges feel meet at least two of the following criteria:
- Has made a sustained contribution to research in the field of social policy
- Has made a sustained contribution to teaching and learning of the subject (through for example, authorship of leading books, innovation and leadership in curriculum development, management and leadership within HEIs etc)
- Has had a sustained impact on political process/discourse (advisor to government, consultant to voluntary bodies/local government, recognition by journalists, campaigners and lobbyists, activists, user communities etc)
- Has achieved esteem measured in terms of journal editing/establishing, promotion of social policy within other social sciences, membership of research councils or similar bodies.
This year the Special Recognition Award was awarded to Professor John Clarke (Open University), who unfortunately was unable to attend the ceremony, and also to Professor Gillian Parker (University of York), pictured below.
This year witnessed the birth of a new award, the Special International Recognition Award (SIRA). The SIRA is the international equivalent of the SRA and is intended to award members of the social policy community in other countries who have made a significant contribution to social policy. The SIRA is awarded at the discretion of the SPA Executive Committee to individuals who meet at least two of the criteria for the Special Recognition Award. The winner of the first ever SIRA was Professor Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Professor at Johns Hopkins University, USA (pictured below).
The award for Best Post Graduate Paper, presented at the 2015 SPA conference, was Dr Ruth Patrick, PhD student at the University of Liverpool and currently of the University of Leeds. Ruth won the award for her paper entitled, ‘‘I feel like a bum’; the internalisation and appropriation of the ‘scrounger’ narrative by out-of-work benefit claimants in the UK’.
For a full report see the autumn issue of the SPA newsletter (forthcoming).
(c) Photographs courtesy of Elaine Hill Photography
The 2015 SPA Awards ceremony was held on 6 July at the Titanic Suite in Belfast. Awards were presented by SPA President, Sue Duncan. This year we had five award winners. Winner of the award for ‘Best Post Graduate Paper’ (presented at last year’s SPA conference) was Rita Griffiths of the University of Bath, for her paper entitled ‘No love on the dole: Do UK means tested welfare benefits discourage two parent families?’
The award for ‘Best Non-Academic Contribution to Social Policy’ was presented to the Rev. Paul Nicolson who has dedicated much of his life to understanding and campaigning against the causes of poverty and to being an advocate for those in financial trouble.
This year we are happy to announce three winners of the Special Recognition Award. The award is made to those who have made a consistent, sustained and long standing contribution to the field of social policy, through research, or teaching and learning. They have often had a significant impact on the political process or made a substantial contribution to the development and promotion of the discipline of social policy. The award winners are:
- Professor Lesley Doyal, Emeritus Professor at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Lesley has specialised in health policy, gender and development, and research methods, and was instrumental in setting up one of the first Women’s Studies Units in the UK.
- Professor Rudolf Klein, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath. Rudolf has made a major contribution to the study of social policy, both in the UK and internationally, and has been a pioneer in the fields of regulation, performance measurement, accountability and targets.
- Professor Robert Pinker, Emeritus Professor of Social Administration at the London School of Economics. Robert’s work has been pivotal in highlighting theoretical issues in the understanding of social policy and developing intellectual thought within the study of social policy, through research and teaching and through serving on numerous boards and committees.
Congratulations to all our winners. And thank you to all who took the time and trouble to nominate people for the awards. The call for nominations for the 2016 SPA awards will be made in January 2016. See the SPA website, and SPA members’ mailing list for details at the time.’
Photos courtesy of ElaineHillPhotography
The 2014 UK Social Policy Association Awards were presented following this year’s annual conference dinner on 14 July at Sheffield City Hall, hosted by the University of Sheffield. The awards were presented by acting SPA President, Prof. Adrian Sinfield.
There were six winners across three categories. Winners of the 2014 SPA Special Recognition Award were Professor Gary Craig, Professor of Community Development and Social Justice, Durham University; Professor Caroline Glendinning, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, University of York; and Professor John Veit-Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Northumbria University and Visiting Professor in Sociology, Newcastle University. The two winners of the Best Non-Academic Award were Anna Coote (Head of Social Policy, New Economics Foundation) and Carey Oppenheim (Chief Executive, Early Intervention Foundation). And the winner of the Best Postgraduate Paper award, presented at the 2013 SPA Conference, was Faraz Vahid Shahidi, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Toronto, Canada. Congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to all those who nominated.
The 2013 Social Policy Association Awards ceremony was held during the Association’s Annual Conference dinner on 8 July, this year hosted by the University of Sheffield. The awards were presented by the SPA President, Sue Duncan.
There were five winners across three categories. Winners of the UK Social Policy Association (SPA) 2013 Special Recognition Award were Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby FBA OBE, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent; Professor Ian Gough, Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath; and Professor Bob Deacon, Emeritus Professor of International Social Policy at the University of Sheffield. The winner of the Best Newcomer Award was Dr. Christopher Deeming, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. And the winner of the Best Postgraduate Paper award, presented at the 2012 SPA Conference, was Emilie Whitaker, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham. Congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to all those who nominated.
The 2012 Social Policy Association Awards Ceremony was held during the Association’s Annual Conference, presented at the Association’s July Annual Conference (for 2012 co-hosted with the East Asian Social Policy research network) at the University of York. The awards were presented by the SPA President, Sue Duncan.
The 2012 winners were: Receiving the UK Social Policy Association (SPA) 2012 Special Recognition Award, Alan Deacon, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Leeds, Professor David Byrne of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, Fiona Williams OBE, Emeritus Professor at the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds and Nicholas Deakin, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Birmingham University. Receiving the 2012 Outstanding Contribution to Social Policy Debate, Analysis and/or Practice Award, Lord Richard Best and receiving the Best Postgraduate Paper Award, Ilana Shpaizman, a PhD candidate at the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Congratulations to our winners and to all those nominated.
The 2011 Social Policy Association Awards Ceremony was held during the Association’s Annual Conference, at the University of Lincoln 4-6th July 2011. The awards, sponsored by Cambridge University Press and The Policy Press, were presented by the SPA President, the Financial Times journalist Nick Timmins.
The 2011 winners were: Professor Jane Lewis (Chair in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science) won the Lifetime Achievement Award; Simon Duffy (Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform) and Dexter Whitfield (Director of the European Services Strategy Unit at the University of Adelaide) won Outstanding Contribution from a Non-Academic. Congratulations to our winners and to all those nominated.
The 2010 Social Policy Association Awards Ceremony was held during the Association’s Annual Conference, at the University of Lincoln 5-7th July 2010. The awards, sponsored by Cambridge University Press and The Policy Press, were presented by the SPA President, the Financial Times journalist Nick Timmins.
The 2010 winners were (from left to right on photo): Professors Jan Pahl (Univ of Kent) and Ruth Lister (Univ of Loughborough) won the Lifetime Achievement Award; Helen Dickinson (Univ of Birmingham) won the Best Newcomer; and Karl Wilding from NCVO won Outstanding Contribution from a Non-Academic.