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

At least one of the nominees or 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 deadline.
  • The nominator should also provide a 250 word statement giving reasons for nomination with reference to supporting evidence. For team nominations, this statement should include information about the size and composition of the team.
  • 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. When team nominations compete with individual nominations, judges will consider the size and composition of the team to decide on the winner, in order to not disadvantage individual nominations.


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