BELMAS encourages the fullest engagement of members in the study and practice of educational leadership, management and administration and recognises significant contributions through a number of annual awards. These awards are presented at the annual conference.

Doctoral Thesis Award - nominations now closed

2018 Winner: Laura Guihen, 'The Career Histories and Professional Aspirations of Women Deputy Headteachers: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis'

Conf 7 July-204 

Runner Up: Stephen Rayner, 'Academisation: A dynamic process of systemic change in England'

Conf 7 July-207

Awarded to the individual whose thesis is deemed by the Selection Panel to have made the most important contribution to our understanding of educational leadership and/or management and/or policy.

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Distinguished Service Award - nominations now closed

2018 Winner: Colin Russell

Conf 7 July-232

Awarded to members who have made a unique contribution to the Society's aims over the course of their career. Candidates may be nominated by individuals, a school or college or a department of education.

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Reflective Practice Award - nominations now closed

2018 Winner: Stephanie Hill 

Conf 7 July-228

Awarded to those in leadership roles in schools, colleges and universities who are able to demonstrate leadership of an innovation in an educational setting which has made a significant contribution to the development of an organisation.

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EMAL Best Paper Award

2018 Winners
Helen Young, 
Knowledge, experts and accountability in school governing bodies’ (Educational Management Administration & Leadership, January 2017, Vol. 45, No 1)

Conf 7 July-181

Lauri Johnson, ‘The lives and identities of UK Black and South Asian head teachers: Metaphors of leadership’ (Educational Management Administration & Leadership, September 2017, Vol. 45, No 5)

Conf 7 July-187

Awarded by the editorial board of the journal Educational Management, Administration & Leadership (EMAL) to the writer(s) of the best papers by a new contributor to the journal.


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