Vice-Chancellor honours outstanding research

Professor Jane Millar OBE, from our Department of Social and Policy Sciences, will receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Medal, at this year’s winter award ceremonies on Wednesday 9 December.

Professor Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, has an international reputation for her ground-breaking research in social policy and specifically for work on poverty, inequality and social exclusion, and the ways in which government policy affects women and children.

Professor Millar’s work combines quantitative and qualitative methods, and has been innovative in many respects, including the first national survey of the living standards of lone parents in the UK.

She is strongly committed to the use of research to inform policy and works with both government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in policy evaluation and development.

Professor Millar has been a Special Adviser to House of Commons Select Committees, to the Department for Work and Pensions and the Number 10 Policy Unit. Her research influenced the design of the welfare to work programmes of the late 1990s and the tax credits introduced in 2003.

Commenting on the award, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “During her time at Bath, Professor Millar has made a significant contribution to research within the Department of Social and Policy Sciences and was a key member of the team when the Department was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2011 for ‘influential research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people’.

“Her interest in, and support for, colleagues and particularly young researchers is of particular note. As a colleague, research collaborator and supervisor Professor Millar has always been prepared to go that extra mile. She is a generous, creative and inspirational academic leader.”

Professor Millar’s many accolades include her election to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2000, and the award of an OBE in 2001 for ‘services to social policy research and teaching’. Most recently, in July 2014, she was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences.

On receiving the award, Professor Millar said: “It is a great honour to receive this medal. Most of my research career has been at the University of Bath, which has provided me with a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment.  Research in social policy is very collaborative and I am privileged to have worked with many excellent colleagues, in Bath and beyond, and to have had opportunity to engage with governments and NGOs.”

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