The Jane Hatfield Award 2024: getting behind the next generation of researchers

In 2023 The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) launched the first round of the Jane Hatfield Award, in partnership with The Ubele Initiative (‘Ubele’).

We are excited to announce the return of the award in 2024 and to introduce our second round of young researchers and their projects. They receive an annual grant of £5,000 to investigate issues or topics related to community, social action and/or social justice.

It’s with thanks to Impact on Urban Health and City Bridge Foundation for funding the award to our two project teams. Their support is enabling young researchers from Black and minoritised backgrounds to develop their skills in the leading and delivery of important research projects.  

Photo of Jane HatfieldThe award is named in memory and celebration of Jane Hatfield: Trustee and then Chair of IVAR between 2006 to 2021. She was a passionate and valued member of the voluntary sector. Her contributions strengthened the sector and included – among many things – supporting the next generation of researchers and activists. As Chair of IVAR, she advocated for the organisation to more proactively support people in the early stages of their careers, and always pushed IVAR’s thinking.

Researchers and their projects

Meet this year’s young researchers and find out about their passions, background and chosen research topics. We look forward to sharing their progress, project findings and future plans over the coming months.

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