Award for one of our impact fellows

Congratulations to Esmeralda Bon, one of our #DataimpactFellows, who tells us about her recent award.

Earlier this month I was delighted to receive the Michael Cowan Award at our School of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Nottingham.

Although teaching and publication-related accomplishments are recognised, which encourages me to write and research more, for me it is mostly an acknowledgement that engaging with non-academic bodies, as well as the general public, also counts.


The Michael Cowan scholarship is an award for postgraduate students in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.

It was established after Judge Richard Benson left behind a gift for his friend Michael Cowan to spend on a charitable cause of his choosing. The judge was a graduate from the University of Nottingham School of Politics and International Relations himself.


When there is a call for applications, students can apply by submitting documentation to provide proof of our academic activity and involvement. We receive points for those activities that meet a number of criteria, linked to the general categories of publications, grants and awards, communication and user engagement, teaching and service to the profession.

Esmeralda Bon, @EsmeraldaVBon is one of our UK Data Service Data Impact Fellows for 2017. Esmeralda is an ESRC-funded PhD student in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL), an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office. Esmeralda is affiliated with the Centre for British Politics and the Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Economic and Political Research (NICEP).

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