prizes

Social Policy Prizes

Celebrating outstanding achievement

The Department has a number of prestigious prizes to celebrate the outstanding achievements of its graduating students each year.

Undergraduate Prizes

John Hills Prize

Awarded for exceptional contribution to social policy, and established in 2021 to celebrate the distinguished career of Professor Sir John Hills. John made tremendous contributions to social science and his work had a major impact on social policy, especially in relation to poverty and inequality.

Prize recipients for the 2021/22 academic year

Joint winners:

  • Rahma (Rara) Arifa – BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics
  • Sam Crutcher – BSc in International Social and Public Policy

David Piachaud Prize

Awarded for conspicuous achievement, and established in 2017 to celebrate the distinguished career of Professor David Piachaud. With a career at LSE spanning fifty years, Professor Piachaud is recognised for his world leading research in social security, social exclusion, and child poverty. His close affiliation with the Department continues as Emeritus Professor of Social Policy.

Prize recipients for the 2021/22 academic year

Joint winners:

  • Gloria Tergat – BSc in International Social & Public Policy
  • Marlize Van Sittert – BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics 

Jane Lewis Prize

Awarded for the best undergraduate dissertation, and established in 2017 to celebrate the distinguished career of Professor Jane Lewis. Professor Lewis is recognised for her world leading research in social policy and administration, social history, and gender studies. Her close affiliation with the Department continues as Emeritus Professor of Social Policy.

Prize recipient for the 2021/22 academic year

  • Victoria Anns -  BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics 

Janet Beveridge Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement, was originally established by Lord Beveridge in memory of his wife. William Beveridge was Director of LSE from 1919-1937. Under Beveridge's directorship the School was firmly established as one of the world's leading social science institutions. Outside academia, Beveridge's career was diverse. His most famous contribution to society is the Beveridge Report (officially, the Social Insurance and Allied Services Report) of 1942, the basis of the 1945‐1951 Labour Government's legislation program for social reform.

Prize recipient for the 2021/22 academic year

  • Mingxuan Lin – BSc in International Social and Public Policy 

Departmental Prizes- Prize recipents for the 2021/22 academic year

Awarded to the candidate with the highest mark in SP100 (year 1 core course)

  • Jianian (Anna) Zhang  – BSc in International Social and Public Policy

 

 

Awarded to the candidate with the highest mark in SP200 (year 2 core course)

Joint winners:

  • Isaac Mahesan  – BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics
  • Wangyuan (Ruby) Qu – BSc in International Social and Public Policy

 

Postgraduate Prizes

 

John Hills Prize

Awarded for exceptional contribution to social policy, and established in 2021 to celebrate the distinguished career of Professor Sir John Hills. John made tremendous contributions to social science and his work had a major impact on social policy, especially in relation to poverty and inequality.

Prize recipient 2021/22

  • Ruby Russell, MSc International Social and Public Policy

 

Charles Mostyn Lloyd Memorial Prize

Charles Mostyn Lloyd was Head of the Department of Social Administration from1922‐1944. A prize is awarded in his memory for outstanding performance at MSc level.

Prize recipient 2021/22

  • Akila Ranganathan, MSc International Social and Public Policy

Christie Exhibition Prize

The prize, for overall achievement, is awarded in memory of Mary Elizabeth Christie, a former lecturer in the Department of Social Science.

Prize recipient 2021/22

  • Mahnoor Ahmad, MSc Interntaional Social and Public Policy (Development)

Delia Ashworth Prize

Mary Isabel Ashworth (known as Delia) studied social science at LSE from 1936‐1938. She bequeathed a sum of money to the School and an award was established in 1971 in her memory. In view of Ms Ashworth's particular interest in social work, this prize is awarded for outstanding performance in an MSc programme by a student likely to pursue a career in this field.

Prize recipient 2021/22

No prize recipients this year.

 

Loch Exhibition Prize

The prize, for merit or achievement, was established by a private benefactor and is awarded in memory of Sir Charles Loch, who spent his life working to improve the welfare of the poor and disadvantaged.

Prize recipients 2021/22

 

  • Soffia Louise Baragar, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Gabriela Gautschi, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Bryony Lewis, MSc Criminal Justice Policy
  • Wiktor Magdziarz, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research)
  • Sunniva Minsaas, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Eve Redmond, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Amy Rutland, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Shivani Sen, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Ella Thomson, MSc Criminal Justice Policy
  • Nilar Win, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research)
  • Isabel Wood, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research)

 

Sir Julian Le Grand Behavioural Public Policy Prize

The Sir Julian Le Grand Behavioural Public Policy Prize is awarded to the student who submits the best essay in Behavioural Public Policy each year. Sir Julian Le Grand, former Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, judges the best essay. All students who are considered for this prize are afforded the opportunity to be published either in the Journal, Behavioural Public Policy, or on the Behavioural Public Policy Blog. 

Prize recipient 2021/22

No prize recipients this year.

Titmuss Prize

Richard Titmuss was Professor of Social Administration at LSE from 1950 until his death in 1973. His publications on welfare and social policy were radical and wide-ranging, spanning fields such as demography, class inequalities in health, social work, and altruism. 

Titmuss' work played a critical role in establishing the study of social policy as a scientific discipline; it helped to shape the development of the British Welfare State and influenced thinking about social policy worldwide.

Prizes are awarded in his memory for best performance, outstanding performance, best dissertation and outstanding dissertation.

Prize recipients for best performance 2021/22

  • Hampton Grace Toole, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)

 

Prize recipients for outstanding performance 2021/22

  • Inés Echevarría García, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research)
  • Clara Korsgren, MSc International Social and Public Policy (NGOs)
  • Ruby Russell, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Julia Sojka, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)
  • Ella Thomson, MSc Criminal Justice Policy
  • Hampton Grace Toole, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)

Prize recipients for best dissertation 2021/22

  • Frankco Harris, MSc Criminal Justice Policy

Prize recipients for outstanding dissertation 2021/22

  • Emily Atkins, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Rosangela Caleprico, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)
  • Inés Echevarría García, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research)
  • Philip Hopkins, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Sunniva Minsaas, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Ue Ng, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Hampton Grace Toole, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)

Titmuss PhD Prize

The Titmuss PhD Prize is a prestigious award, made annually, to recognise the most outstanding thesis submitted by a student of the Department. 

Prize recipients 2020/21

Joint winners: 

Valentina Iemmi

'Sustainable financing for global mental health: the role of external funding for mental health in low- and middle-income countries'
Supervisors: Professor Martin Knapp, Professor Ernestina Coast, Dr Clare Wenham
Read here 

and

Laura Sochas

'Context and heterogeneity: a novel approach to explaining maternal health inequalities in Zambia'
Supervisors: Dr Tiziana Leone, Professor Ernestina Coast
Read here