Branch, section or group nomination
Nominations for honours and awards will be hugely strengthened if they receive support from the relevant, branch, section or group, particularly where the nomination is based on the members’ contribution to the branch, section or group. The BDA’s country councils and committees can also support nominations. We recognise that in some cases – for example, where the nomination is on the basis of the members’ scientific achievement – it is not necessary for the nomination to be supported by a BDA body. However, we do not accept self-nominations or nominations made by family members or friends.
Unless the honour or award is specifically open to individuals who are not BDA members or eligible for BDA membership, such as Honorary Membership and the Roll of Distinction, nominees are expected to be BDA members or to have membership of long-standing where they have given up membership due to, for example, retirement.
Level of information to provide
It is very important that nominations provide as much detail as possible about the nominee to help the Honours and Awards Committee make a fair decision. Nominators should not assume that the Committee will have existing knowledge of the nominee and so should provide comprehensive information about their career, contributions and achievements. Where the nominee is not aware of the nomination, we appreciate this can be difficult and so it is best to consult with a range of colleagues in order to put together as much information as you can.
BDA staff are happy to provide advice on nominations and will request further information where nominations are not detailed enough, but nominators should not expect that staff will undertake additional research. The Committee will only be presented with that information provided by the nominator and that which is available from the BDA’s membership database (eg. Length of membership, previous honours or awards received).
Our Membership Team are happy to support nominators with relevant membership information about nominees, please email or call 020 7563 4550.
The Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee, Professor Nairn Wilson CBE, is also willing to advise on any proposed nomination.
Handwritten nominations and signing nomination forms
Handwritten nominations are discouraged, and nominees are asked to either nominate directly online or fill in the download the form.
Signatures on nomination forms do not have to be handwritten; a typed ‘e-signature’ is perfectly acceptable. Scanning in nomination forms that have been hand-signed makes them difficult to process and this should be avoided where possible.