This award recognises nominees who 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/researchers/learned society, and/or through other non-academic means.

Eligibility conditions

Nominee/s must NOT currently hold an academic position in Higher Education. Retired or former academics are eligible if they have spent time in a non-academic role to contribute to the public understanding of social policy as outlined above.

Nomination process

  • Nominees and nominators need not be members of the SPA (but are encouraged to join).
  • Nominators complete nomination form by the 14th March 2021 deadline.
  • Nominators should provide a 200 word supporting statement giving reasons for nomination.
  • Nominations must be accompanied by the candidate’s full CV.

Judging process

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


The winner(s) will be awarded £200 and honorary membership of the SPA for the year following the award.