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Professor John Curtice wins Political Studies Communicator award

01 December 2015

NatCen Social Research’s Senior Research Fellow, and Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, is honoured by The Political Studies Association

The Political Studies Association (PSA), the UK’s leading body for the study and development of politics, has awarded Professor John Curtice the Political Studies Communicator award for his major contribution to the study of elections and public opinion at its Annual Awards Dinner.

This is the second time that Professor Curtice has picked up this award, having first received it in 2004.  Previous winners of the Political Communicator award include Danny Dorling, Phil Cowley, Robert Hazell, Matthew Goodwin and Rob Ford.

Professor Curtice is well-known as the leader of the team of electoral experts who produce the exit poll on general election nights in the UK, something he has done for the last 23 years. He is a regular media commentator on political developments in Scotland in particular and across the UK in general. The New Statesman recently referred to him as ‘the only forecaster any journalist still listens to’. 

He conducts research into social and political attitudes, electoral behaviour, electoral systems and survey research methods in Scotland, Britain and comparatively. Most of his research is undertaken by conducting and analysing sample surveys. He also leads NatCen’s new project on public attitudes to the European Union, What UK Thinks: EU

The PSA’s judging panel said:

“Professor John Curtice was chosen by the judges for his important positive contribution to the study of elections and public opinion and the skill with which he communicates his insights to the public through regular media appearances, broadcast and in print. In particular, the judges complimented his work on the exit poll for this year’s election for its accuracy and high quality methodology.”

ENDS

Notes for Editors:

  • The 14th Political Studies Association Annual Awards Dinner took place in Church House, Westminster, London on 1st December 2015. These awards recognise the achievements of academics, politicians, political campaigners, journalists and other contributors to the conduct and study of politics.
  • The Political Studies Association exists to develop and promote the study of politics. Founded in 1950, they are the leading Association in their field in the United Kingdom, with an international membership including academics in political science and current affairs, theorists and practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and students in higher education.
  • This year’s Awards Jury who oversaw the adjudicating process consisted of Professor Matthew Flinders (Chair of the PSA), Adam Boulton (Sky News), Dr Rosie Campbell (Vice-Chair of the PSA), Michael Crick (Channel 4 News), Professor Will Jennings (University of Southampton), Emily Maitlis (BBC), Marsha Thompson (Shout Out UK), Polly Trenow (The Fawcett Society) and Julia Unwin CBE (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).
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