British Society of Criminology
Outstanding Achievement Award
This award is intended to celebrate outstanding contributions made to the discipline.
British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award 2018
This year the award was made to Professor Frances Heidensohn. She was nominated by Marisa Silvestri and Rachel Condry.
In accepting this prestigious award Professor Heidensohn gave the following speech:
Thank you so very much. I am most grateful to the BSC Executive for selecting me for this award, to my proposers, Marisa Silvestri and Rachel Condry, to Charlotte and Helen from the BSC who have been extremely helpful in organising my presence here, and for inviting my family and my friend Jan Jordan from New Zealand to join me & support me tonight.
It is great to see so many friends & colleagues are here too.
It is especially appropriate to receive this award in Birmingham, my home city, where I was born and grew up. lndeed, l lived on the east side of the city and took the 56 bus past the BCU campus and on to school in Edgbaston.
But this isn’t the time for anecdotes nor too much reminiscence but for some reflection on the two themes bringing us together tonight: careers & conferences and particularly the theme of this 2018 conference `Transforming Criminology’ … [more to follow]
2017: John Braithwaite – The British Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Professor John Braithwaite at the British Society of Criminology’s annual conference, which this year took place in Sheffield, on July 4-7 2017.
2016: Dick Hobbs – President of the British Society of Criminology Professor Peter Squires FAcSS said: “I am delighted that Dick Hobbs is our outstanding achievement award-winner for 2016, for many years he has pioneered an approach to criminology that we ignore at our peril, meticulously studying crime, criminality and law enforcement at the ‘sharp end’. Without the valuable insights he has provided, our criminological imagination would be that much poorer”.
2015: John Lea – I see criminology as a healthily eclectic discipline drawing together people from a variety of academic disciplines and practitioner backgrounds. The British Society of Criminology is important for maintaining a common set of values and professional identity.
John Lea is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2014: Sandra Walklate – I was honoured to receive the society’s award for outstanding achievement.
Sandra Walklate is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2013: Joanna Shapland – The need to provide spaces and a forum for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to get together and explore what research can do is still vital, particularly in these times of austerity. Long may the BSC thrive!
Joanna Shapland is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2012: Jock Young died in 2013. He was Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Visiting Professor at the University of Kent, UK and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Read the BSC Newsletter tribute to Jock Young published in 2013 and written by Keith Hayward and Roger Matthews.
2011: Robert Reiner is Emeritus Professor of Criminology in the Law Department, London School of Economics. He is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2010: Pat Carlen – In my view the British Society of Criminology’s main value is as the guardian of professional ethics and academic values within criminology. Pat Carlen is now an honorary member of the BSC.
2009: Stanley Cohen died in 2013. He was the Martin White Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics