SPA AWARDS 2018

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 York 11-13 July 2018.

The SPA awards aim to:

1) Advance the interests of the Social Policy Association and its members through increased reach and status

2) Recognise and endorse the work of academics who are both researching and teaching social policy, and who as SPA members contribute to advancing the discipline

3) Recognise and endorse the work of individuals and organisations who as social policy practitioners and/or advocates, are using academic work produced by the Social Policy academic community and/or are working with academics to promote the public understanding of social policy

Process of awards

Where the awards are made on the decision of the SPA appointed judging panel, the panel will comprise 4 judges appointed by the executive to serve for 3 years and will normally include:

  • The SPA President
  • 1 judge drawn from outside the academic community
  • 2 judges appointed from SPA membership

Nomination Forms and supporting documentation, where applicable, must be received by the SPA Awards Officer (a.ahmed@salford.ac.uk) by Monday 16 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 SPA appointed judging panel are not eligible to nominate.

Award catergories:

  • International Recognition Award
  • Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research
  • The Richard Titmuss Book Award
  • Policy Press Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Public Understanding of Social Policy Award
  • Cambridge University Press Awards for Excellence in Social Policy Scholarship (JSP & SP&S)

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AWARD

This award recognises the achievement of academics within and outside of the UK who are internationally acknowledged as advancing social policy scholarship. It will be awarded annually to a person (or persons) the judges feel meets two or more of the following criteria:

  • Has made a sustained contribution to scholarship, understanding and/or learning in the field of social policy
  • Has had a sustained impact on political process or discourse through advisory or consultancy work for governmental bodies, voluntary bodies, or recognition by journalists, campaigners and lobbyists, activists and user communities
  • Has achieved esteem measured in terms of leadership within the discipline, the promotion of social policy within other social sciences, membership of research councils or similar bodies.

Eligibility conditions:

This award is open to non-members of the Social Policy Association but at least one person making the nomination must be an SPA member

Nomination process:

  • Nominations must be supported by three nominators
  • Nomination forms available from website must be submitted by April deadline
  • Nominations using the nominations pro-forma should include a ‘Case for Award’ (300-500 words) and 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 which will be forwarded to SPA Executive Chair for approval by the Committee.

Prize:

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


AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOCTORAL RESEARCH

This award recognises excellence in doctoral research including, but not limited to: the study of interesting and novel questions; the application of novel theoretical or methodological approaches to thinking on enduring questions; the use of innovative methods of enquiry; the general contribution to the advancement of understanding in social policy.

Eligibility conditions:

  • Eligible papers are restricted to those that are single-authored
  • Eligible papers are those that are uploaded to the SPA conference website prior to the conference and subsequently presented at the Conference by the author.
  • 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 further the study 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.

Nomination process:

  • Self-nomination at the point of uploading conference paper

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.

THE RICHARD TITMUSS BOOK AWARD

This award recognises general contribution to the advancement of the understanding of social policy through the publication of scholarly works. Books by those in the early stages of their careers are particularly welcomed.

Eligibility conditions:

  • Only single or co-authored monographs can be nominated
  • Author (if co-authored, both authors) must be current member(s) of the Social Policy Association
  • Nominations must be accompanied by three copies of the book
  • Evidence of publication date between 1 January and 31 December must be provided
  • Nominations must be received by 31st March [EXTENDED TO 16th APRIL]

Nomination process:

  • Head of Department/Head of School/Director of Research or equivalent or a representative of the book’s publisher should complete the nomination form by 31st March 2018 deadline
  • The nominator should also provide a 250-word statement giving reasons for nomination and send this with three copies of the book to the SPA Awards Officer

Judging Process:

A judging panel will be annually convened from SPA Executive members who will refer to a standard scoring matrix in order to make a decision on the award.

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


POLICY PRESS OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD

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 16th April 2018 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)

Judging process:

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

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


PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIAL POLICY AWARD

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.

Nomination process:

  • Nominees and nominators need not be members of the SPA (but are encouraged to join).
  • Nominators complete nomination form from SPA webpage by 16th April 2018 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:

  • This award will be judged by the SPA Judging panel Prize: The winner(s) will be awarded £200 and honorary membership of the SPA for the year following the award.

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL POLICY SCHOLARSHIP (JSP & SP&S)

The prize

  • One prize for each journal
  • Up to £100 of CUP books, 3 months free access to the article, and one year’s subscription to print copy of the journal( for joint authors the £100 of CUP books would be shared, each would receive the article access and subscription)

Eligibility

  • Articles must have been published in the previous year’s volume of the journal.
  • Details of the prize will be included in the information for contributors for each journal.

Judging criteria/scoring (for shortlisting and judging)

  1. Excellence in social policy scholarship
  2. Challenges boundaries of existing understanding
  3. Engages the interest of the journals’ readership*
  4. Contributes to or is likely to promote an expansion of at least one of research, teaching, practice and theoretical agendas
  5. Generally enriches the discipline/field of study

Short-listing and judging

Anya Ahmed (Prizes Portfolio for SPA Executive) will chair a sub-committee of the SPA Executive Committee. This will exclude the editors of the journals, Editorial Board members**, and Executive Committee members who have published in the journals during the year in question.

The sub-committee will select a shortlist of four articles from JSP and SP&S with a note on their choices.

The final decision will be made by the existing SPA Judging Panel (made up of the SPA President, one judge drawn from outside the academic community, two judges appointed from SPA membership).

Process for awards at 2018 SPA Annual Conference

  • First year of award – for 2017, to be awarded at the 2018 conference, based on papers published in JSP and SP&S in the calendar year 2017
  • The authors of short-listed papers in 2017 will be informed by the sub-committee chair (Anya Ahmed) and formally asked if they agree to being considered.

* This criterion will make use of quantitative indicators (downloads, citations etc) but these will take account of differences in the date of publication on-line and in print, and qualitative indications of the level of interest generated will also be an important consideration in judging papers.

**Except Anya Ahmed.


Further information about previous years’ awards