Trafford Housing Trust

THT employee shortlisted for award

05 June 2015

Jennifer Doyle.pngJennifer Doyle, customer intelligence officer at Trafford Housing Trust, has been shortlisted by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for its esteemed Celebrating Impact Prize 2015. 

The award recognises academic research of benefit to wider society

Jennifer is among ten researchers who are being recognised for producing work which makes a significant difference to society. Jennifer completed her PhD at the University of Manchester in 2012, her work focussing on understanding the social impacts and benefits of community development and support within the social housing sector, leading to policy changes enabling organisations to refine the design of housing projects. Since joining the Trust, she has worked to apply her findings practically to the Trust’s work within Trafford.

A panel of experts selected the shortlist from a wide range of submissions, which included written evidence from organisations, such as the Trust, that have used the research to shape their policies and practice. Other topics explored by the nominees include honour crimes, land reform in Zimbabwe and the support available for families of severely brain damaged patients.

Jennifer said: “The interview process was extremely intensive and I’m delighted to be shortlisted.  My role at the Trust builds on my previous research and it looks at how we can make better use of the data we have available to understand our customers better. Part of this is making sure that we are collecting the most relevant data to understand our customers, which is so important – it’s about proving what we are already doing, and learning so that we can improve in future.”

Matthew Gardiner, chief executive of the Trust, added: “Our regulator’s focus on value for money is getting ever-stronger and it means we must make sure we extract maximum value from everything we do.  Good research helps us target our investment more effectively – and so produce better social, environmental and financial outcomes for customers.  This is why we are so happy to have Jennifer’s skills and knowledge here at the Trust.”

Winners will be presented with prize money of up to £10,000 to further the impact of their research. Prizes will be presented across five categories, including awards presented to early career researchers and international collaborators. A separate prize, the 2015 Impact Champion, will be awarded to a further individual who has been nominated for supporting and enabling others to make an impact with their work.

ESRC Chief Executive Professor Jane Elliott said: “During the ESRC’s 50th anniversary year, the 2015 Celebrating Impact Prize provides a timely opportunity to recognise and reward those whose work is making a real difference in society. Whether collaborating with colleagues in another department, a business in a local city, or a university on the other side of the globe, these researchers have demonstrated the immense value of social science research in the UK. I look forward to seeing the winners revealed in June.”

The award ceremony takes places at Central Hall Westminster on 24 June 2015, organised in partnership with SAGE and hosted by BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Laurie Taylor. For further information please visit here.




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