The BGA committee took the decision a couple of years ago to add the
"normally within 10 years of their PhD" qualifier.
Whilst recognising that this did not apply to all previous winners the
committee felt this was the most appropriate use of the award (to
recognise emerging talent) going forward. Part of the argument was that
there are several other awards for fully established candidates such as
the RAS Harold Jeffreys lectureship.
The Bullerwell lectureship is awarded via a one-person-one vote by the
committee at our September meeting. So individual committee members
apply their own weighting to factors such as stage of career. Therefore
whilst I could not rule out the possibility that a more mature candidate
might win the award I think it unlikely given the decision to encourage
applications for more junior candidates was pretty much unanimous. I
should also add here that we are always looking for new members of the
committee to maintain openness and best represent the interests of UK
I hope this clarifies the situation - and we would welcome any further
On 24/08/2016 11:28, Andrew Curtis wrote:
> Dear Jenny,
> I would like to ask about this. The guidance we receive (and on the
> Bullerwell web site) keeps mentioning that the recipient should be
> within 10 years of their PhD. However, when I look at the list of past
> winners many were nowhere near that point in their careers. Can you
> elucidate the situation (to all in the UK) as there is little point in
> restricting our nominations to 10 years if 'the competition' will have
> anything up to 30 years experience, and equally there is a good argument
> to award a lecture to the UK's primary authorities who are likely to be
> post the 10 years mark.
> Many thanks!
> On 24/08/2016 10:39, Collier, Jenny S wrote:
>> Nominations for next year's Bullerwell lecturer close on Tuesday.
>> Details can be found on the website:
>> Best wishes,
Dr. J.S. Collier,
Dept. Earth Science & Engineering,
Imperial College London.
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