This award recognises excellence in social policy teaching and will be granted to nominees who have made a significant and valuable contribution to developing best practice and/or innovative practice in teaching and/or progressing student learning and engagement in social policy.

Eligibility conditions

Either one or more of the nominees or the nominator must be a current SPA member.

Nomination process

  • Individuals/teaching teams can self-nominate via their Head of Department/Head of School/Head of Learning & Teaching or equivalent, who should complete the nomination form by the 15th June 2020 deadline.
  • The nominator should also provide a 300 word statement giving reasons for nomination with reference to supporting evidence.
  • Appropriate supporting evidence (e.g. relevant teaching materials; student evaluation; peer report) should be included.

Judging process

The SPA judging panel will assess nominations and make recommendation(s) for the award.


The winner(s) will be awarded £100 in books and one-year free print subscription to a Policy Press journal.