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21st December 2012, 2:25pm
Lincoln politics academic joins academy of leading social scientists
Dr Jacqui Briggs A politics academic from the University of Lincoln has been invited to join an organisation which represents some of the UK's most distinguished scholars from the social sciences.

Dr Jacqui Briggs has been conferred with the Award of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences for her contribution to the subject.

She was nominated by the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, of which she is Vice Chair, for her work in promoting interest in political studies.

Dr Briggs was welcomed formally to the Academy at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 18th December 2012. She was presented with her award by the Academy's President, Professor Sir Howard Newby.

Other notable figures joining the Academy at the event were the Rt. Hon David Blunkett MP, former Home Secretary and serving Member of Parliament; and the Rt. Hon Peter Riddell CBE, Director of the Institute for Government.

Dr Briggs, Acting Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said: "I was thrilled to have been nominated by my peers and accepted into the Academy alongside such eminent social scientists. It is wonderful to be in such august company. It is gratifying to be recognised for my passion for and promotion of the social sciences and to be able to represent the University of Lincoln on this stage."

Dr Briggs' research focuses on political participation, women and politics, and the question of compulsory voting. She is a regular commentator on political issues on radio and television. Her latest book on youth engagement in the political process is due for publication in 2013.

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