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University of Bradford researcher shortlisted for prestigious national prize


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced that Bradford's Dr Victoria Lavis is among nine researchers shortlisted for its prestigious Celebrating Impact Prize 2015.

The researchers, funded by the ESRC and based at universities across the UK, have all used their research to make a significant difference to society. By working in partnership with organisations including businesses, charities and public bodies, they have impacted the lives and work of people both in the UK and internationally.

Dr Lavis has been shortlisted for the direct influence of her work on the policy and practice of prisons in England and Wales responding to issues of diversity, including guidance on the respectful and decent treatment of transgender prisoners.

A panel of experts selected the shortlist from a wide range of submissions, which included written evidence from organisations that have used the research to shape their policies and practice.

Winners will be presented with prize money of up to £10,000 to further the impact of their research.

Prizes will be presented across five categories, including awards presented to early career researchers and international collaborators. A separate prize, the 2015 Impact Champion, will be awarded to a further individual who has been nominated for supporting and enabling others to make an impact with their work.

Winners will be announced at an event at Central Hall Westminster on 24 June 2015, organised in partnership with SAGE and hosted by BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Laurie Taylor.

Announcing the shortlist, ESRC Chief Executive Professor Jane Elliott said: “During the ESRC’s 50th anniversary year, the 2015 Celebrating Impact Prize provides a timely opportunity to recognise and reward those whose work is making a real difference in society. Whether collaborating with colleagues in another department, a business in a local city, or a university on the other side of the globe, these researchers have demonstrated the immense value of social science research in the UK. I look forward to seeing the winners revealed in June.”

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