Call for nominations for SPA Awards 2017 now open

SPA awards

The Social Policy Association is pleased to announce the call for nominations for this year’s awards. Winners will receive their awards at the Annual SPA Conference Dinner hosted in Durham 10-12 July 2017.

Nomination Forms and supporting documentation, where applicable, must be received by the SPA Awards Officer (zoe.irving@york.ac.uk) by Monday 10 April 2017.

General rules of the Awards

Those making a nomination must do so with the full knowledge of the person being nominated. Please read the rules and criteria for each award carefully before submitting a nomination. Current members of the judging panel may only nominate in the category of ‘Best Non-Academic’.

Nominations are invited for the following TWO awards for 2017: 

Special Recognition Award(s)

This award is limited to SPA members who have retired, are due to retire within a year of the award, or hold an Emeritus position. Each nomination must be supported by three nominators, at least one of whom must be a member of the SPA. It will be awarded according to the judging panel’s assessment of the nominee meeting 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.

Nominations for this award must be accompanied by the candidate’s full CV plus a ‘Case for Award’ statement of 500 words.

 

Best Non-Academic(s)

This award will be granted to non-academic(s) who, in the opinion of the judges, have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of social policy, through campaigning, lobbying, service provision, fundraising, journalism, funding of research, dissemination of research (particularly to practitioners and other non-academic audiences), engagement with social policy research/learned society, and/or through other non-academic means. Nominees must NOT currently hold an academic position in Higher Education. They must be nominated by at least one person; nominators and nominees need not be members of the SPA (but are encouraged to join).

Nominations for this award must be accompanied by the candidate’s full CV (if applicable) plus a ‘Case for Award’ statement of 250 words.

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Self-nominations are also invited for the following TWO conference paper awards which will be received by winners at the 2018 Annual Conference in Durham. Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers wishing to self-nominate will be able to do this at the point of uploading their conference papers for the 2017 conference.

 

Best Early Career Researcher Paper

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) – defined as those within five years of the award of their PhD – who upload a full paper which is presented at the annual SPA conference 2017 are eligible to self-nominate their paper for the award for Best ECR Paper. ECR self-nomination can only take place at the point at which the full conference paper is uploaded to the conference website. The winner of the ‘Best Early Career Researcher Paper’ will be encouraged to submit their paper to one of the SPA supported journals, however acceptance for publication will be subject to the usual editorial process.

ECRs can only be considered for the award if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Eligible papers are restricted to those uploaded to the conference website and presented at the UK SPA Conference 2017.
  • A full paper must have been submitted according to the conference deadline (abstracts and/or power point presentations are not eligible).
  • The subject matter of the paper must be directly related to and promote a greater understanding of the discipline of Social Policy.
  • Eligible papers must not have been published or be under consideration for publication at the time of nomination.
  • Eligible persons are those who were members of the UK SPA at the time of paper submission.
  • Co-authored papers are eligible only if all the authors were ECRs at the time of paper submission and at least the first author was a member of the UK SPA at the time of paper submission.

Although there can be only one winner of this award, close runners-up will be named and congratulated at the Awards ceremony.

 

Best Postgraduate Paper

Postgraduate students who upload and present a full conference paper at the annual SPA conference 2017 are eligible to self-nominate their paper for the award for Best Postgraduate Paper. Postgraduate self-nomination can only take place at the point at which the full conference paper is uploaded to the conference website. The winner of the ‘Best Postgraduate Paper’ will be encouraged to submit their paper to one of the SPA supported journals, however acceptance for publication will be subject to the usual editorial process.

Postgraduates can only be considered for the award if they met the following eligibility criteria:

  • Eligible papers are restricted to those uploaded to the conference website and presented at the UK SPA Conference 2017.
  • A full paper must have been submitted according to the conference deadline (abstracts and/or power point presentations are not eligible).
  • The subject matter of the paper must be directly related to and promote a greater understanding of the discipline of Social Policy.
  • Eligible papers must not have been published or be under consideration for publication at the time of nomination.
  • Eligible persons are those who were postgraduate members of the UK SPA at the time of paper submission.
  • Co-authored papers are eligible only if all the authors were postgraduates at the time of paper submission and at least the first author was a member of the UK SPA at the time of paper submission.

Although there can be only one winner of this award, close runners-up will be named and congratulated at the Awards ceremony.

 

2015 SPA awards report

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?’ GRIFFITHS PIC_EHP9440

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.NICOLSON PIC_EHP9459

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. DOYAL PIC_EHP9463
  • 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. PINKER SPEECH PIC_EHP9483

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 ElaineHillPhotographyALL AWARD WINNERS_EHP9506

‘Troubled Families’ SPA seminars

14087270645_3453006d12_zThe SPA provided funding to two postgraduate students to develop three seminars relating to the UK government’s Troubled Families Programme in the lead up to the 2015 UK General Election. These seminars were held at Durham University, Lancaster University and the LSE and were organised by Stephen Crossley, a PhD candidate at Durham University and Michael Lambert, a PhD candidate at Lancaster University.

In the aftermath of the English riots in 2011, David Cameron announced that one only had to ‘join the dot’s to work out that parenting failures were a primary cause of many young people being involved in the disturbances. He went on to say that if the ‘broken society’ was to be mended, family and parenting was the place to start, making clear his ambition to ‘turn around’ the lives of the 120,000 most ‘troubled families’ in the UK – ‘the ones that everyone in their neighbourhood knows and often avoids’. Four months later, in December 2011, the Troubled Families Programme (TFP) was launched, tasked with realising the Prime Minister’s ambition.

The seminars explored: the history of the concept of ‘troubled families’, including continuities and changes with previous constructions of the ‘underclass’ thesis; the implications for practitioners working with ‘troubled families’; and different sociological and theoretical perspectives that can be used to understand the construction of ‘troubled families’.

Presentations from the seminars are here:

Durham

Lancaster

LSE

Photograph courtesy of Number 10

SPA awards 2015 Call for nominations

The Social Policy Association is pleased to announce the call for nominations for this year’s awards, sponsored by Cambridge University Press and The Policy Press. This year’s judges are Sue Duncan (President of the SPA), Professor Michael Hill (Emeritus Professor, Newcastle), Professor Karen Rowlingson (Birmingham), Professor Julia Twigg (Birmingham), and Chris Goulden (Joseph Rowntree Foundation). Winners will be presented with their awards by Sue Duncan at the special Gala Dinner held during the annual Social Policy Association conference hosted in Belfast 6-8 July 2015.

Nomination Forms and supporting documentation, where applicable, must be received by the SPA Awards Officer (nicola.moran@york.ac.uk) by Friday 27 March 2015.

General rules of the Awards

Please note that from 2014 some of the rules around nominations have changed. The key difference is that not all those who nominate need to be current members of the SPA (please refer to the description for each award). From 2015, we are introducing a new award of ‘Best Early Career Researcher Paper’ (see below).

Those making a nomination must do so with the full knowledge of the person being nominated. Please read the rules and criteria for each award carefully before making your nominations. The SPA Awards Officer is not eligible to nominate. Current members of the judging panel may only nominate in the category of ‘Best Non-Academic’.

In 2015, nominations are invited for the following awards two awards: 

Special Recognition Award(s)

This award is limited to SPA members who have retired, are due to retire within a year of the award, or hold an Emeritus position. Each nomination must be supported by three nominators, at least one of whom must be a member of the SPA. It will be awarded annually to a person(s) the judges feel meets 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.

Nominations for this award must be accompanied by the candidate’s full CV plus a ‘Case for Award’ statement of 500 words.

Best Non-Academic(s)

This award will be granted to non-academic(s) who, in the opinion of the judges, have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of social policy, through campaigning, lobbying, service provision, fundraising, journalism, funding of research, dissemination of research (particularly to practitioners and other non-academic audiences), engagement with social policy research/learned society, and/or through other non-academic means. Nominees must not currently hold an academic position in Higher Education. They must be nominated by at least one person; nominators and nominees need not be members of the SPA (but will be encouraged to join).

Nominations for this award must be accompanied by the candidate’s full CV (if applicable) plus a ‘Case for Award’ statement of 250 words.

Two additional awards will also be presented at the 2015 conference; however self-nominations for these have already been received:

Best Early Career Researcher Paper

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) – defined as those within five years of the award of their PhD – who present a paper at the annual SPA conference are eligible to self-nominate their paper for the award for Best ECR Paper. Self-nomination can only take place at the point at which the ECR uploads their full conference paper to the conference website, thus those eligible for the 2015 award self-nominated the papers they presented at the 2014 conference at the point at which they uploaded their paper for the 2014 conference. The winner of the ‘Best Early Career Researcher Paper’ will be encouraged to submit their paper to one of the SPA branded journals, however acceptance for publication will be subject to the usual editorial process. ECRs can only be considered for the award if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Eligible papers are restricted to those submitted and presented at the UK SPA Conference 2014.
  • A full paper must have been submitted according to the conference deadline (abstracts and/or power point presentations are not acceptable).
  • The subject matter of the paper must be directly related to and promote a greater understanding of the discipline of Social Policy.
  • Eligible papers must not have been published or under consideration for publication at the time of nomination.
  • Eligible persons are those who were members of the UK SPA at the time of paper submission.
  • Co-authored papers are eligible only if all the authors were ECRs at the time of paper submission and at least the first author was a member of the UK SPA at the time of paper submission.

Although there can be only one winner of this award, close runners-up will be named and congratulated at the Awards ceremony.

Best Postgraduate Paper

Postgraduate students who present a paper at the annual SPA conference are eligible to self-nominate their paper for the award for Best Postgraduate Paper. Self-nomination can only take place at the point at which the PG uploads their full conference paper to the conference website, thus those eligible for the 2015 award self-nominated the papers they presented at the 2014 conference at the point at which they uploaded their paper for the 2014 conference. The winner of the ‘Best Postgraduate Paper’ will be encouraged to submit their paper to one of the SPA branded journals, however acceptance for publication will be subject to the usual editorial process. Postgraduates can only be considered for the award if they met the following eligibility criteria:

  • Eligible papers are restricted to those submitted and presented at the UK SPA Conference 2014.
  • A full paper must have been submitted according to the conference deadline (abstracts and/or power point presentations are not acceptable).
  • The subject matter of the paper must be directly related to and promote a greater understanding of the discipline of Social Policy.
  • Eligible papers must not have been published or under consideration for publication at the time of nomination.
  • Eligible persons are those who were postgraduate members of the UK SPA at the time of paper submission.
  • Co-authored papers are eligible only if all the authors were postgraduates at the time of paper submission and at least the first author was a member of the UK SPA at the time of paper submission.

Although there can be only one winner of this award, close runners-up will be named and congratulated at the Awards ceremony.

 

SPA 2014 award winners

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.
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