Prizes and Awards

Awards and Prizes that we encourage members to make nominations. The awards and prizes are made at the social event of the BSA Annual Conference.

You must be a BSA member to be nominated for any of our awards

If you are currently not a member of the BSA but would like to be then please click here http://www.thebsa.org.uk/contact/join-british-society-audiology

Awards that were received for 2020

The BSA is proud to announce the winners of its prestigious prizes for 2020:

The Ruth Spencer Prize has been awarded to Rachel Humphriss in recognition for notable contribution to clinical services. For the last 3 and a half years Rachel has worked tirelessly at Bath, Northeast Somerset and Wiltshire Head of Children’s Community Audiology in a manner that deserves recognition by her audiology peers.  This was Rachel’s first Head of service position, and she has accomplished so much in such a short space of time, including: –

The Thomas Simm Littler Award has been awarded to Shameela Munir for her novel research in relation to sound generators and Tinnitus support.  The paper was recently published in the IJA and adds new knowledge about how sound generators impact on improving Tinnitus perception.

The Jos Miller Prize had been awarded to Thomas Richard Davis for his article in the September 2020 edition entitled “12 Australian Labours.”

Honorary Membership has been awarded to Samantha Batty.  Samantha has supported the work of the Professional Guidance Group (PGG) for over 4 years now in the position of Vice Chair while also a head of Service in Scotland.  In 2021 she will be retiring from clinical practice and the PGG and therefore was nominated to receive lifetime membership.

Congratulations to all prize winners!

Awards That Are Nominated By Trustees Of The Society 

Thomas Simm Littler Lectureship

The Thomas Simm Littler lectureship was established in 1970 to honour Dr Thomas Simm Littler, a pioneer of British audiology.  The lectureship is awarded in recognition of a sustained academic contribution to the discipline of audiology. It is awarded biennially and consists of a certificate and honorarium.  The lecture is normally delivered at the Society’s annual conference.  The first recipient of the lectureship was Sir Alexander Ewing.

George Harris Award

The George Harris award was established in 2006 using an endowment from the late George Harris who was a hearing aid audiologist working in the independent sector.  The award is made in recognition of a notable contribution to hearing aid audiology in any one year. It  consists of a certificate and discretionary honorarium.

Denzil Brooks Trophy

The Denzil Brooks trophy was established in 2007 in memory of the late Denzil Brooks who was a pioneer of adult hearing aid provision within the UK.  The award is made to a member in recognition of promoting excellence in audiological practice.  It is awarded annually and consists of a certificate and trophy.

Awards that are Nominations by Members of the Society

Thomas Simm Littler Prize

The Thomas Simm Littler prize was established in 1970 to honour Dr Thomas Simm Littler, a pioneer of British audiology.  The prize is awarded in recognition of an academic contribution to the discipline of audiology.  It is awarded annually and consists of a certificate and honorarium. The first recipient of the award was Dr John Bench.

Ruth Spencer Prize

The Ruth Spencer prize was established in 1976 to honour the memory of Ruth Spencer.  It is made in recognition of a contribution to clinical services by a registered practitioner.  It is awarded annually and consists of a certificate and honorarium.  The original recipient was Hilary Ballam.

Awards that are Nominated by The Editorial Team of the Audacity Magazine

Jos Millar Award

The Jos Millar award was established in 2000 by the winner of the 1997 Ruth Spencer prize.  It is awarded annually for the best article published in the Audacity magazine and consists of a certificate and trophy.

The Nomination Process

Nominations for prizes and awards can be submitted throughout the year. Please note that both nominator and nominee must be a BSA member.

The final date for nominations to be considered in a given calendar year is 30th November each year.

In order to nominate a member, you should submit a letter of support (250 word limit) including a citation for the award and a CV or brief biography (100 word limit).**  The winner of each award and prize is determined by the Trustees of the BSA, usually at the December Council meeting of each year.  The awards and prizes are made at the Annual dinner of the Society, at the Annual Conference.

** In the case of the Jos Millar award, the editorial team should submit the article along with a letter of support instead of a CV or biography.