PSA Annual Awards


Tuesday 27th November (Church House, Westminster)

The PSA Annual Awards 2018 - our seventeenth - is an occasion to recognise the individuals and organisations that are shaping another intense year in politics and PSA members are now invited to submit nominations. 

Have you been persuaded by a politician that has avoided hackneyed soundbites, engaged positively with voters, or articulated policies and arguments with substance and clarity? Has there been an individual or organisation that has shown tenacity, courage and perseverance in campaigning on an issue? Do you have a colleague whose academic work you feel has made a significant contribution, conveyed evidence-based research into the public domain or had a demonstrable effect on public policy? Have you been impressed by an individual that has provided a unique perspective via the arts to help the public better understand and interpret contemporary politics? Is there a journalist or broadcaster who deserves recognition for offering reasoned and prescient opinion, asking pertinent questions, debunking misinformation, and providing credible and astute analysis?

Awards recipients will be chosen by a panel of expert judges from a shortlist of nominations by PSA members and will be announced at the PSA Annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Tuesday 27th November at Church House, Westminster. 


• PSA members can submit nominations for the categories listed below via a downloadable nominations form, which also includes eligibility and criteria details. 

PSA members are welcome to submit new category and nominee suggestions if they do not fit within those already featured. 

• Nominations WILL NOT be accepted without justification - sufficient supporting information must be provided

• Nomination forms should be returned via email to Avnish Patel no later than Monday 20th August. The deadline for the Best Use of Evidence Award is Tuesday 28th August. 


Politician of the Year

Parliamentarian of the Year

Lifetime Achievement in Politics 

Best Use of Evidence  (in partnership with the Alliance for Useful Evidence) - the deadline for this category is Tuesday 28th August. 

Campaign / Campaigner of the Year

Journalist of the Year

Broadcaster of the Year

Contribution to the Arts and Culture

Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies

Political Studies Communicator

Jo Cox Prize for Public Service and Active Citizenship

Innovation in Teaching Politics (Group) Prize (to be awarded at the PSA Conference 2019 Dinner in Nottingham on 16th April)

International Recognition 


PSA Annual Awards 2017 (5th December, Church House, Westminster)

The awards recipients were chosen by a panel of expert judges from a shortlist of nominations by PSA members. The jury consisted of: Professor Angelia Wilson, Chair, PSA; Dr Paul Tobin, Trustee, PSA; Professor Sarah Childs, Birkbeck, University of London; Matt Forde, Broadcaster and Comedian; Fatima Manji, News Correspondent, Channel 4 News; Will Moy, Director, Full Fact; and Anne Perkins, Leader Writer, The Guardian.

The full list of recipients reads:

Politician of the Year: The Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP 

Parliamentarian of Year: Ruth Davidson MSP 

Backbencher of the Year Award:  Stella Creasy MP (awarded by Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons)

Best Use of Evidence by - Politician:  Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (awarded by Jonathan Breckon, Director, Alliance for Useful Evidence)

Campaigner of the Year: Gina Miller (awarded by Fatima Manji, News Correspondent, Channel 4 News)

Journalist of the Year: Stephen Bush (awarded by Anne Perkins, Leader Writer, The Guardian)

Broadcaster of the Year: Emma Barnett (awarded by Matt Forde, Broadcaster and Comedian)

Contribution to the Arts and Culture: James Graham (awarded by Grayson Perry, Artist)

Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for lifetime contribution to Political Studies:  Professor Pippa Norris (awarded by Sir Ivor Crewe, Master of University College, Oxford)

Political Studies Communicator:  Professor Roger Scully (awarded by Ziyad Marar, President of Global Publishing, SAGE)

Jo Cox Prize for Public Service and Activ Citizenship: Dr Sarah Marie Hall (awarded by Professor Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender, Birkbeck, University of London)

Special Recognition Award: The Academic Team for the BBC/ITV/Sky Joint Exit Poll for the 2017 General Election (awarded by Adam Boulton, Editor-at-Large, Sky News)

Student Short Video Competition:  Methodist College Belfast (awarded by Emma Little Pengelly Member of Parliament for Belfast South & Joe Twyman, Head of Political and Social Research for Europe, Middle East and Africa YouGov)

Political Image of the Year: Geert Van Den Wijngaert, Associated Press (awarded by Will Moy, Director, Full Fact)


PSA Awards 2016 (27th November, Church House, Westminster)

Award Categories and Recipients:

  • 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 further details.