Service may be to one or more disciplines, but preference may be given to breadth of service. Up to 5 medals may be awarded each year, depending on the case assembled. The Medals were first awarded in 2010.
There is no defined limit on what may qualify as outstanding service. Examples could include accurate and insightful journalism contributing to public understanding; meritorious use of research-based advice within the policymaking process; public leadership concerning the value and interests of research in humanities and social science; creative forms of support for humanities and social science within an institutional context; providing or securing resource to invest in research in these disciplines. Recipients of the medal may be anyone (likely to be UK-based, but overseas candidates are not excluded) who has done or achieved something suitably meritorious, either recently or over a longer period, which the Academy sees fit to recognise and reward. Recipients cannot be Fellows of the British Academy but could be individuals (academics, members of the media or business worlds, or policymakers) or organisations (universities, corporations, charities).
How to nominate
Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Nomination forms are available from the Fellows area of the British Academy website.
Nominating body: Events and Prizes Committee.
2016 Dr Roger Bland OBE, University of Leicester
2016 Dr Leofranc Holford-Strevens
2016 Dame Hilary Mantel DBE
2016 Professor Sir Stanley Wells CBE, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
2015 Dr Peter V Addyman, formerly York Archaeological Trust and Jorvik Viking Centre
2015 Darren Henley, Arts Council England
2015 Dr Elizabeth Livingstone
2015 Professor Michael Wood, University of Manchester
2014 Peter Brook, Centre International de Créations Théâtrales
2014 Sir Paul Collier, University of Oxford
2014 Dame Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall Institute
2014 Clive James
2013 Ms Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
2013 Baroness Jean Coussins, House of Lords
2013 Sir Peter Stothard, Editor of the Times Literary Supplement
2013 Lord Williams of Oystermouth FBA, Magdalene College, Cambridge
2012 Professor Warwick Gould, Institute of English Studies, University of London
2012 The Right Reverend Professor Lord Harries of Pentregarth
2012 Professor Lisa Jardine CBE, University College London
2012 Professor Sir John Vickers FBA, University of Oxford
2011 Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre
2011 Dr Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor, Financial Times
2011 Ms Sharon Witherspoon, Deputy Director of the Nuffield Foundation
2010 Dr Sarah Tyacke, Distinguished Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London
2010 Professor Michael Worton, Vice Provost (Academic and International) and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature, University College London
2010 Rt Hon Peter Riddell, Institute for Government