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Professor John Curtice honoured at the Times Higher Education Awards

30 November 2017

We are very pleased to announce that Professor John Curtice, Senior Research Fellow here at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), received the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award at The Times Higher Education Awards on 30th November. The award is in recognition of those who, in the eyes of the judging panel, deserve “to be honoured for their contribution to higher education above and beyond their own academic interests”.

Professor Curtice has been involved with NatCen’s flagship British Social Attitudes reports since becoming a regular contributor in 1986, and has been an editor since 1994. He also runs two websites in conjunction with NatCen; What UK Thinks, which tracks opinion polls and attitudes towards Britain’s relationship with the EU post-referendum, and What Scotland Thinks which provides similar information on Scottish independence.

On top of his work at NatCen, Professor Curtice works for the University of Strathclyde, is President of the British Polling Council, and regularly appears as a political commentator in the media. He has achieved particular note in recent years for his incredibly accurate exit polls conducted for the 2015 and 2017 elections, where he was able to predict results that were widely unexpected by other experts. This led The Guardian to describe him earlier this year as “The man who won the election”, and the New Statesman to profile his “unlikely stardom”.

On receiving his award, Professor Curtice said: “I have had the good fortune to work with NatCen for over thirty years – and that relationship has been central to my ability to pursue a career that has bridged the divide between the academic and the non-academic world. NatCen has enabled me to pursue high quality academic work in an environment in which disseminating the fruits of research to non-academic audiences is second nature. I am honoured that in making this award, The Times Higher Education has recognised the value of this collaboration.”

He also received warm congratulations from Guy Goodwin, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Social Research: “I am thrilled to hear that Professor John Curtice has received a much deserved Lifetime Achievement award from the Times Higher Education. John’s ability to unpack complex political issues and engage a broad audience in forecasting elections is of immense value, particularly at this time of political change. Conducting social research with clear societal benefits is at the heart of what we do here at NatCen, so it’s great to see John recognised for doing exactly that.”

ENDS

Contact: Sophie Brown sophie.brown@natcen.ac.uk