Queen’s Anniversary Prize Conference

Research which enabled the University of Bath to win the Queen’s Anniversary Prize is to be presented at a special conference on Friday (30 March).   

The conference, Social Policy in Hard Times: Child Poverty and Support for Vulnerable Families, will showcase ground-breaking studies of poverty, child poverty and lone parents and employment conducted by academics in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.

The University of Bath was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the country’s most prestigious national recognition for a UK academic or vocational institution. The award this year has extra significance as it forms part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The prize recognizes the University’s influential research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people.

The research for which the prize was awarded, included path-breaking studies of poverty and social exclusion in Europe, lone mothers and employment, child poverty from the children’s own perspective, and wellbeing in developing countries.

Its impact includes informing UK legislation on tackling child poverty, the design of the tax credits system, advising the Welsh government on policies promoting child welfare, stimulating innovations in micro-finance, and helping to develop strategies for tackling extreme poverty in Bangladesh.

The conference, which starts at 1.30pm and runs until 5pm, presents some of the research that led to the prize and its importance in the times of austerity through which we are now living. The research brings together the disciplines of social policy, social work and development studies, spanning rich and poor countries and showing how poverty and insecurity are connected world-wide.

Tickets for the conference have been very popular, and there are only a handful left. Anyone who would like one should email h.welton@bath.ac.uk.

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