Founders' Awards

The Founders’ Awards are named after some of Birmingham’s most influential benefactors and demonstrate that their vision of ground-breaking research with local, national and global impact is as alive today as it was when the University was founded in 1900.

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The awards recognise the very best academic work that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the University’s reputation. Nominations are received from each of the University’s College Boards and reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of senior members of University management and colleagues external to the institution.

The Joseph Chamberlain Award for Academic Advancement

This award recognises academic activity that has significantly advanced the discourse or understanding within a specific academic area. The work should have national or international significance and should be backed up by publication of 4* research papers.

The Charles Beale Award for Policy Advancement

This award recognises academic activity that has significantly advanced the discourse or understanding within a specific academic or policy area. The work should have international, national or regional significance and should have directly contributed to policy development and implementation.

The Josiah Mason Award for Business Advancement

This award recognises academic activity that has had a major impact within a business sector or a specific industry.  The work should have a demonstrable, ideally quantifiable, benefit to business, for example through a specific business assist, a research development that has had a major impact, or a piece of seminal consultancy work.

The Aston Webb Award for Outstanding Early-Career Academic

This award recognises the work of an outstanding early-career academic whose research has international significance and is breaking new boundaries, placing their research, and the University, at the global forefront of their discipline.

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