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.