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 2020/21 academic year

Joint winners:

  • Jesutofunmi Esther Somade, BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics
  • Thiago Fonseca Pontes, 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 2020/21 academic year

Joint winners:

  • Erinda Selmani, BSc in Social Policy & Economics
  • En Ching Sarah Ang, BSc in International Social and Public Policy 

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 2020/21 academic year

  • Bronwen Jackson-Turner, BSc in International Social and Public Policy 

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 2020/21 academic year

  • Yu Jun Zane Wong, BSc in International Social and Public Policy & Economics 

Departmental Prizes

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

  • Ellen Gisto, BSc in International Social and Public Policy 

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

Joint winners:

  • Wilson King, BSc in International Social and Public Policy & Economics
  • Mingxuan Lin, 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 2020/21

  • Pietro Rabusin, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research)

 

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.

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 2020/21

  • Ha Chau Ngo, MSc Interntaional Social and Public Policy (Research)

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 2020/21

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 2020/21

 

  • Jodie Beck, MSc Criminal Justice Policy
  • Navneet Bhatt, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Lauren Borders, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Hannah Kirley, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Petrit Krasniqi, 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 2020/21

  • Sarah Chudleigh, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)

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 2020/21

  • Maxine Thomas-Asante, MSc International Social and Public Policy

 

Prize recipients for outstanding performance 2020/21

  • Sara Albertini, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Sarah Chudleigh, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)
  • Jonathan Charles Dodd, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Kyra Louise Leyland, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations)
  • Zara Rancheva, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Research)
  • Zhaoying Song, LSE-Fudan Double Master's in International Social and Public Policy

Prize recipients for best dissertation 2020/21

Joint winners:

  • Danielle Thompson, MSc Criminal Justice Policy
  • Donatella Van Biervliet, MSc Criminal Justice Policy

Prize recipients for outstanding dissertation 2020/21

  • Sara Albertini, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Jessie Ann Cannady, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Development)
  • Sarah Chudleigh, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)
  • Hannah Dirks, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)
  • Santiago Garcia Zubillaga, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Jonathan Ross-Tatam, MSc International Social and Public Policy
  • Matilda Steward, MSc International Social and Public Policy (Migration)
  • Maxine Thomas-Asante, MSc International Social and Public Policy

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