Senior Lecturer secures BA Skills Innovator Award

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Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Social Science, Dr Adegbola Ojo, has won a coveted British Academy Skills Innovator Award.

The Awards are presented to academics with outstanding ideas for the development of skills in other people. In order to win the award, applicants need to demonstrate the ability to raise and promote the quality of applied quantitative skills in research. Additionally, the assessors need to be satisfied with the academic credentials of applicants as leaders in their fields. 

Dr Ojo receives funding as part of the selection which will be used for his research project, entitled 'Testing, Targeting, Tracking: Quantitative and Spatial Analytical Skills for Evidence Based Policing.' The project design responds to a critical gap in graduate and policing skills, and activities have been designed to be relevant to both parties as well as up-skilling social science researchers. By developing skills and establishing a research network, funding for this project will create a foundation for future training, research and networking activities in later years.

On receiving the Award, Dr Ojo commented: “It is humbling and delightful to be named British Academy Skills Innovator Award-holder. I am grateful to my colleagues and indeed to the British Academy who believed in the potency of my ideas. I am optimistic that by synergising expertise in Spatial Analysis, Quantitative Techniques and Artificial Intelligence, this award will help facilitate the advancement of evidence-based practice within policing and broader human security domains.

“British Academy awards are competitive, globally recognised and highly prestigious. Success rates are generally low. This award will contribute towards projecting LJMU as a modern civic institution that sits at the vanguard of knowledge creativity and innovation. There will also be significant positive impact on the University’s future research and pedagogical agenda.”

Securing the Award represents another success for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Centre of Advanced Policing Studies. More information about the Centre is available online.


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