The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Impact Champion Award is an acknowledgement of Charlie’s contribution to innovative and enduring methods of working with both policymakers and the wider public. The award recognises his contribution throughout his career but the judges particularly highlighted his contribution to the debates surrounding devolution within the UK over the last decade.
On receiving his award, Prof Jeffery said, “The ESRC has been a constant feature in my life as an academic and receiving an accolade like this about the impact of both my work and that of my colleagues is just tremendous.”
As Director of the Devolution and Constitutional Change (DCC) and the Future of the UK and Scotland (FUS) programmes, Charlie placed informing public debate at the heart of the research agenda. In addition, Professor Jeffery advised the Commission on Scottish Devolution (2008-9), the Scotland Bill Committee of the Scottish Parliament (2011- 12) and served as a member of the McKay Commission on the West Lothian Question (2012-14).
The panel gave particular praise for Charlie’s support for other academics, encouraging and supporting researchers at all stages in their careers in reaching out to the wider world. One frequent collaborator, Prof Richard Wyn-Jones of the University of Cardiff, explained, “It is no exaggeration to say that Charlie Jeffery has played an utterly transformative role – transforming both opportunities and attitudes towards impact – among a whole cadre of academics across the UK, myself among their number.”