British Academy award for Deputy Director Sharon Witherspoon

07 October 2011

Congratulations to our Deputy Director Sharon Witherspoon MBE who has been awarded the British Academy’s President’s Medal.

The President’s medal rewards "signal service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences." Sharon was recognised for her "commendable leadership to the cause of rigorous and relevant social science as a user and funder of research."

Sharon has been Deputy Director of the Foundation since 2000, having joined in 1996.  She leads our research in social science and social policy, and has contributed to the development of the Children and Families Programme and the Law in Society Programme, as well as a range of other research projects including the finances of old age and taxation. 

Before she joined the Foundation, she was a senior researcher at the Policy Studies Institute and the National Centre for Social Research (formerly Social and Community Planning Research). There she was responsible for the design and statistical analysis of various large scale representative studies of public behaviour, family life and the regulation of professions, as well as being one of the original researchers for the British Social Attitudes Survey series. 

Sharon is a member of the Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences and was awarded an honorary MBE for services to social science in 2008. 

The British Academy’s annual Medals and Prizes Ceremony acknowledges academic excellence across a range of humanities and social science disciplines including archaeology, English literature and language and classical studies. A full list of awards is available on the British Academy website