Professor Pete Alcock Wins Special Recognition Award

Pete Alcock
We are delighted to announce that Professor Pete Alcock has received the prestigious ‘Special Recognition’ Award by the Social Policy Association (SPA) at the Annual SPA Conference Dinner hosted in Durham 10-12 July 2017.

This Special Recognition award is limited to SPA members who have retired, are due to retire within a year of the award, or hold an Emeritus position and who have made a significant contribution to the field.

Professor Pete Alcock is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and Administration at the University of Birmingham.  Pete has been active in teaching and research in social policy for over thirty years.

He has made a significant contribution to policy and practice – most recently through his role as expert commissioner on the Birmingham Child Poverty Commission.

Professor Jon Glasby, Head of School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, said:

“Pete Alcock has been a leading social policy scholar and an active participant in key policy debates for decades, inspiring all those who have come into contact with his work.  His research and writing around poverty and welfare rights, and his leadership of Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Centre, are recognised throughout the discipline – and his best-selling textbooks have helped to define the field and develop future generations of students, scholars and policy makers alike.  On a personal level, he has been a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend – and it’s hard to imagine anyone more deserving of this award than Pete.  The mission of the School is ‘to understand the world, but also to change it’ – and Pete embodies this in everything he does.”

About the SPA

The SPA was founded in 1972. They now have a large membership in the UK and internationally. Most members are teachers and researchers in social policy and applied social science within UK higher education, although they also have a significant and growing number of members from other European, Asian and Australasian countries. As an outward-looking association we seek to engage in global aspects of social policy and with scholars residing outside of as well as within the UK.

Find out more about the Social Policy Association.