The PSA Annual Awards 2019 - our eighteenth - is an occasion to recognise the individuals and organisations that are shaping politics.

Thank you to all PSA members who submitted nominations for the eighteenth annual PSA Awards 2019! There is no doubt that the last twelve months have been a remarkable but challenging time in our politics. All the more reason to recognise those politicians, broadcasters, journalists and academics who have avoided hackneyed soundbites, engaged positively with the public, or articulated policies and arguments with substance and clarity. 

Your nominations will be considered by an expert jury who then decide upon the winners for each category. 

Your chance to win too! PSA members who made nominations will be entered into a prize draw to attend the PSA Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Tuesday 12th November at Church House, Westminster, and see the awards recipients. 

Your nominations will be considered by an expert Awards jury who then decide upon the recipient(s) for each category. Awards recipients will then be publicly announced at the PSA Annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Tuesday 12th November at Church House, Westminster. 

 

Nominations are now closed

  • The nominations deadline was close of play on Friday 30th August 2019.

 

Only PSA members were eligible to nominate so if you want to join the PSA find out more here

 

PSA Awards 2019 categories

1. Politician of the Year

An award for a domestic politician who has made a significant impact (since December 2018).

Eligibility Criteria: Any individual elected for political office in the UK can be considered.

 

2. Parliamentarian of the Year

An award for a domestic politican who has made an effective contribution in either the UK Parliament or devolved institutions (since December 2018).

Eligibility Criteria: Members of the UK Parliament (House of Commons or House of Lords); members of the devolved UK instituions (Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly). Individuals may be considered in their capacity as a representative, frontbencher or backbencher, a role within a Parliamentary body (e.g. as a select committee chair or member), and in their relations with constituents and/or the wider public.

 

3. Lifetime Achievement in Politics

An award for a politician who has played an active and influential role and made a significant contribution to British politics over a sustained period.

Eligibility Criteria: Any person who has been elected for political office in the UK.

 

4. Best Use of Evidence (in partnership with the Alliance for Useful Evidence)

An award for a UK publicly elected official or politican active in office since December 2018, who has made a policy decision clearly based on what a body of evidence demonstrates is the best course of action.

Eligibility Criteria: (1) Members of the UK Parliament (House of Commons or House of Lords); (2) Members of the devolved UK instituions (Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly); (3) UK Local Government Councillors; (4) Police and Crime Commissioners (England and Wales); and (5) Elected Mayors (England and Wales).

Nomination Rules: Members of the PSA and the Alliance for Useful Evidence Network.

Judging Rules: The Alliance for Useful Evidence will advise the Awards Jury, helping to inform the latter's deliberations on deciding the recipient.

 

5. Campaign/Campaigner of the Year

An award for an individual or group instrumental in developing or orchestrating an effective campaign at a local or national level over a sustained period.

Eligibility Criteria: Any UK-based individual or group.

 

6. Journalist of the Year

An award made to an individual journalist who has made a significant contribution to the analysis and understanding of politics (since December 2018).

Eligibility Criteria: UK-based journalists (including reporters, editors, feature writers, columnists, commentators, and interviewers) working in print and online news platforms.

 

7. Broadcaster of the Year

An award made to an individual broadcaster who has made a significant contribution to the analysis and understanding of politics (since December 2018).

Eligibility Criteria: UK-based broadcast journalists (including reporters, presenters, editors and interviewers) working across TV, radio and online news platforms.

 

8. Political Podcast of the Year (a new category!)

This inaugural award is for a podcast that showcases the best of the medium with high quality and compelling content since December 2018, making a significant contribution to the analysis and understanding of politics.

Eligibility Criteria: (1) Podcasts must either be produced in Great Britain and Northern Ireland or designated for UK audiences; (2) Nominated podcasts must have at least six episodes published since December 2018 (short-run or one-off podcasts are not eligible).

 

9. Contribution to the Arts and Culture

An award for an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to help the public better understand and interpret politics. Arts and culture is broadly defined, including: visual and performing arts; comedy and satire; TV, radio and film; and literature (since December 2018).

Eligibility Criteria: No restrictions.

 

10. Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies

This annual award is for an academic who can demonstrate a lifetime contribution to the study and understanding of politics.

Eligibility Criteria: No restrictions.

 

11. Political Studies Communicator

This award is for an academic or academics working together who have demonstrated excellence in conveying political ideas, issues, and evidence-based research to non-academic audiences (including politicians, civil servants, business and industry, third sector organisations and the general public) via media outlets, public events, policy pamphlets etc. (since December 2018).

Eligibility Criteria: Open to academics teaching at a UK higher education institute.

 

12. Jo Cox Award for Public Service and Active Citizenship

This award is for an academic at a non-Professor level that has demonstrably made a difference by playing an active role at a local, national or international level thereby bringing about positive change and/or conveying a better understanding of political and socio-economic issues and reflecting the campaigning spirit and humanitarian values espoused by the late Jo Cox.

Eligibility Criteria: Open to early career researchers, lecturers and senior lecturers.

 

13. International Recognition Award

An award for a public intellectual, politician, journalist/broadcaster or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the study and/or public understanding of politics, democracy, human rights and governance over a sustained period.

Eligibility Criteria: Open to any non-UK based individuals or organisations.

 

PSA Awards 2019 Jury

We are pleased to announce that the expert jury that will deliberate over the nominations this year comprises of:

  • Amelia Gentleman, Reporter, The Guardian
  • Kate McCann, Political Correspondent, Sky News
  • George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times
  • Anna Smee, CEO, UK Youth
  • Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director, Reporters without Borders
  • Professor Angelia Wilson, PSA Chair & University of Manchester
  • Professor Fiona MacKay, PSA Trustee & University of Edinburgh

 

Previous Award Recipients

The full list of PSA Awards Recipients up to 2018 is available here.

Details of previous PSA Awards, including brochures, are available below:

 

Photos

Photos from previous PSA Awards are available here.

 

Enquiries

For any further details regarding the PSA Awards please contact Misty Hammond, Events Manager, PSA.