SPRU recognised for forward-thinking research at THE Leadership and Management Awards

The awards presenter, comedian Bill Bailey (left), presents a team of University of Sussex staff (see bottom of page for full list) with the award.

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the Sussex School of Business, Management and Economics (BMEc) has been praised for its forward-thinking interdisciplinary research by judges at the 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership and Management Awards

The University of Sussex won the THE DataPoints Merit Award at the 2017 Awards, with judges highlighting SPRU and the Centre for Cognitive Science (COGS) in particular for their exemplary contribution to Sussex's long and prolific history of interdisciplinary research.

Head of School Steven McGuire commented: 

“This richly deserved recognition is a fantastic achievement for SPRU and for the School, and is the latest in a long line of examples of SPRU’s continual standing at the forefront of innovative research for over 50 years.”

Sussex Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell added:

“It’s absolutely terrific to see the University of Sussex win such a prestigious award. Tackling issues on the global stage sits at the heart of our ambition and I couldn’t be more proud of what our community has achieved.

"Recognition must be given to everyone at two of Sussex’s research groups the Science Policy Research Unit and the Centre for Cognitive Science, who have been singled out by the judging team. Congratulations to everyone at Sussex who works so hard to build our reputation in the UK and around the world, which no doubt contributed to this prestigious accolade.”

THE’s DataPoints team said:

“SPRU, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, brings together economics, technology and policy and has been ranked second, after Harvard University (with whom the Harvard Sussex Program on limiting chemical and biological weapons is run), for research impact in innovation.

"It was also ranked seventh by the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, in its list of top science and technology thinktanks."

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By: Russell Eke
Last updated: Friday, 23 June 2017