This webinar highlighted prizewinning UK research and activity for 2020. There was a live introduction by Professor Mike Almond and recorded presentations from the three prize winners. This was followed by a live Q&A with the prize winners, Prof Lisa Scullion, Prof Chérie Armour and Meri Mayhew.
Thank you to everyone who attended the webinar, to the speakers for their insightful contributions and to the team working behind the scenes during the event.
A video recording of the webinar:
FiMT Research Award – University of Salford: Sanctions, Support & Service Leavers, led by Prof Lisa Scullion.
This project has been particularly influential and was the first qualitative longitudinal study on veterans accessing the benefits system. The research provided new knowledge to several key stakeholders including the DWP, the MOD, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee and Ministers on what was a previously hidden issue. Since the project ended, the evidence, together with follow up meetings between the project team, FiMT and the DWP, has led to a significant increase in support for veterans who require help from the UK benefits systems. As a result of the research, the government announced an additional investment of up to £6 million investment for more than 100 Armed Forces Champion posts at the DWP which will be dedicated to supporting former service personnel and their spouses readjust into civilian life.
Lord Ashcroft Research Award – Queen’s University Belfast (project previously with Ulster University): Northern Ireland Veteran Health and Wellbeing Study, led by Prof Chérie Armour
An innovative approach in a complex environment with unique trust and security issues. The NIVHWS reports published to date have made an impact within the veteran sector in NI by creating an extensive evidence base in the area of the support services available to veterans in NI, veterans’ current and future support needs, the public opinions of and attitudes to the NI veterans, and providing evidence of both service providers and veterans perspectives on whether or not a veterans centre is needed in NI as a one stop shop for all things ‘veteran’.
FiMT Special Award for FiMpacT – Charity Adviser to the Veterans Strategy, Meri Mayhew
For her work on ‘Strategy for our Veterans’, including the paper ‘The UK Armed Forces charity sector: a summary of provision’.