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 24 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.

 

 

Further information about previous years’ awards