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.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award was created in 2019 to celebrate the service and achievements of former BELMAS president and long-standing contributer to the BELMAS community, Ron Glatter. We will be publishing an interview with him shortly. 

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Watch Ron's acceptance speech here >


Doctoral Thesis Award - nominations now closed

2020 Award Winners:

Joint Winners

Belinda Hughes                        
‘An investigation into a Chief Executive Officer of a Multi-Academy Trust in England

Anh Thu Nguyen                      
‘The impact of Human Resource Development Policies on Lecturers’ Job Engagement. A University Case Study in Vietnam’a

Runner Up  

Dianne Gomery      
‘Technical Education in 'Lived Markets': University Technical College Leaders' Perceptions of and Responses to Competitive Pressure’


Xingtong Lu           
A' Chinese Perspective on Distributed Leadership at the Departmental Level in a Chinese University’

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

2019 Winner: Philip Woods, University of Hertfordshire

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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

2019 Winner: Pierre Tulowitzki, Ludwigsburg University of Education, ‘Bringing The World Together For Professional Growth In Education – Leading the International Education Management Program’

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Watch Pierre's acceptance speech here > 

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 Established Author Award

2020 Winner:

Jack Lumby
(2019), ‘Distributed Leadership and Bureaucracy’, EMAL, 47 (1): 5-19 

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.


EMAL Early Career Researcher Award

2020 Winner:

Susan Cousin 
(2019), ‘System Leadership in England: Leaders of a Profession or Instruments of Government?’, EMAL, 47 (4): 520-537 


MIE Best Paper Award

2020 Winners:


Peter Wolstencroft and Catherine Lloyd
‘Process to Practice: The Evolving Role of the Academic Middle Manager in English Further Education Colleges’ 
Volume 33, Issue 3, Page(s) 118-125, MiE

Runner Up

Sally Elton-Chalcraft, Ann Kendrick and Alison Chapman
‘Gender, Race, Faith and Economics: Factors Impacting on Aspirant School Leaders’
Volume 32, Issue 4, Page(s) 176-184, MiE

Awarded by the editorial board of the journal Management in Education (MiE) to the writer(s) of the best papers by a new contributor to the journal.

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