British Academy of Audiology Awards
Every year at the BAA annual conference, we take the time to acknowledge those individuals and teams who have excelled, or shown exceptional commitment to the Audiology profession over the past year.
Our award categories are below. Nominations for 2018 are now closed.
Lisa Bayliss Award
Lisa Bayliss was a 20-year old student Audiologist working at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Sadly, in 1992, Lisa's life was tragically taken on her way home from work. Lisa is greatly missed by all who met her but especially her family, colleagues and her patients. Lisa was kind, caring and worked well with everyone she met. She was described as a great people person. When it was suggested that an award be named in her honour, it came as no surprise that the award would be given to someone who showed the qualities Lisa possessed in abundance.
The Lisa Bayliss award was traditionally given to the student who performed best at the BAAT part 2 practical exam. With the introduction of the BSc, the award is now given to the student who performs the best during their BSc (PTP) placement.
Audiologist of the Year Award in Memory of Peggy Chalmers
The BAA award for the Audiologist of the Year, in memory of Peggy Chalmers, is an award that will recognise an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to patient care. We are looking for an individual who has gone above and beyond to put the patient first, or improve their experience in even a small way, making a difference to them. The award is focused on patient care and we particularly welcome testimonials and case studies from patients, or colleagues, highlighting the reasons their Audiologist should be nominated.
Peggy contributed immeasurably to audiology in many ways, improving professional standards and training and supporting hundreds of students from the UK and overseas. Her hard work and enthusiasm has inspired many professionals in Audiology and with this award we hope each winner will continue to inspire with their excellent work.
Placement Supervisor of the Year Award
The BAA award for the Placement Supervisor of the Year is an award that will recognise an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to supervising and supporting a student while on placement. We are looking for an individual who has gone above and beyond to provide a supportive learning environment on placement for students, providing leadership and guidance as well as inspiration. The award is focused on the mentoring of students and we particularly welcome testimonials and case studies from student, colleagues and university placement teams highlighting the reason a particular audiologist should be nominated.
Team of the Year Award
The BAA Team of the Year Award was created in 2004 to celebrate the coming together of the different professions within Audiology. The prize is awarded to a team which has worked together to improve the quality of service in their area. Teams which work within an audiology department, in education, in research, or in an organisational capacity are all eligible. Past winners have shown particularly innovative and original ideas, or worked on a specific project directly connected to audiology. Anyone can make a nomination, the winning team is chosen by the BAA board and will have the opportunity to share their accomplishments via the BAA magazine.
The Jos Millar Shield
Jos Millar started his career in audiology at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He had an interest in sound and radio and when an opportunity within audiology came along, he moved to this field and went to Manchester to complete his training. He was always fond of paediatric audiology so returned to the Royal Belfast Hospital for sick children. Later in his career he embarked on a new challenge to set up a paediatric service in his home town of Ballymena.
Within his long standing dedication to Audiology, it was only fitting for an award to be named in his honour. The Jos Millar Shield is a long standing award given each year for the best contribution to a BAA publication. The recipient is chosen from all articles printed in the previous year's magazine and newsletter and is chosen by the publicity and communications team.
Oticon Student of the Year Award
The Oticon student of the year award is presented every year to the student who best presents their research during the student session. Oral presentations are judged during the student session by highly esteemed representatives of the profession. Each student has to pass a set criteria to win the award. The winner holds the title and trophy of "Oticon student of the year" along with a cash prize and an all expenses trip to Oticon Headquarters in Hamilton, in order to make and follow through their own ITE.