PSA Annual Awards


Tuesday 5th December (Church House, Westminster)


The PSA Annual Awards 2017 - our sixteenth - is an occasion to recognise the individuals and organisations that are shaping another lively and unpredictable year in politics. 

Winners are chosen by a specially convened Awards Committee, chaired by Professor Angelia Wilson, Chair of the PSA.

The winners will be announced at the PSA Annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Tuesday 5th December at Church House, Westminster. The event will be hosted by Jon Snow of Channel 4 News and filmed by BBC Parliament. PSA members will have the opportunity to attend via entering a members' ballot later this year. 

Launch of the Jo Cox Prize for Public Service and Active Citizenship

We are also pleased to announce the launch this year of a new annual prize named in honour of Jo Cox: the Jo Cox Prize for Public Service and Active Citizenship. The establishment of this prize is integral to the PSA's commitment to support early career Politics academics and will acknowledge individuals that have delivered impact by working closely with policymakers and/or wider society for the 'public good'. Further details are available here


PSA Awards 2017 - Categories

Politician of the Year

Parliamentarian of the Year

Lifetime Achievement in Politics

Best Use of Evidence - Politician (in partnership with the Alliance for Useful Evidence)

Campaign / Campaigner of the Year

Journalist of the Year

Broadcaster of the Year

Contribution to the Arts and Culture

Political Image of the Year*

International Recognition

Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies

Political Studies Communicator

Jo Cox Prize for Public Service and Active Citizenship (new annual academic Award launched in 2017)

Innovation in Teaching Politics (Group) Award


PSA Awards 2016

The Awards have continued to grow in prominence and at last year’s Ceremony on 29th November, it was clear that it was not just politicians who made an impact.

The Awards were presented by Jon Snow of Channel 4 News and the full list of winners is as follows:

  • Parliamentarian of the Year: Baroness Smith of Basildon (Award presented by Steve Richards, The Independent)
  • Politician of the Year: Sadiq Khan 
  • Broadcaster of the Year: Laura Kuenssberg (Award presented by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP)
  • Journalist of the Year: Rachel Sylvester (Award presented by Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP)
  • Enlightening the Public: The Iraq Inquiry (Award presented by Michael Crick, Channel 4 News)
  • Lifetime Achievement in Politics: Rt Hon Gordon Brown
  • Contribution to the Arts and Culture: Grayson Perry (Award presented by Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP)
  • Campaigners of the Year: Margaret Aspinall and Professor Phil Scraton (Award presented by Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP)
  • Best Use of Evidence - Politician: Lord Stern of Brentford (Award presented by Kamal Ahmed, BBC)
  • Best Use of Social Media: Ruth Davidson (Award presented by Matt Forde, Comedian)
  • International Recognition: Michael Ignatieff (Award presented by Rt Hon John Bercow MP)
  • Political Image of the Year: Jeffrey Mitchell (Award presented by Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News)
  • Democratic Innovation: Democracy Matters Citizens' Assembly Project (Award presented by Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales)
  • Innovation in Teaching Politics: Dr Matthew Wyman (Award presented by Ziyad Marar, SAGE Publishing)
  • Political Studies Communicator: Professor Anand Menon (Award presented by Rona Fairhead CBE)
  • Public Understanding of Politics: Professor Nicola McEwen
  • Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies: Professor Anne Phillips (Award presented by Michelle Phillips, Routledge & Baroness Warsi)
  • W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize: Professor Christopher and Dr Ruth Dixon - A Government That Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government (Award presented by Phil Sooben, ESRC)
  • PSA Schools' Short Video Competition: Christleton High School, Chester


Previous Awards

Previous Awards Brochures

The awards categories and recipients do not reflect the views of the PSA. In conferring an award the PSA is in no way supporting or opposing a particular person, policy or viewpoint but merely acknowledging an influence or “achievement”.

Please contact Avnish Patel, Events & Marketing Manager, PSA, if you require any further details.