A classroom discussion led to prize-winning research for Professor in Accounting, Lisa Jack of Portsmouth Business School.
Professor Jack won the Neil Rackham Best Paper award at the School’s recent research and knowledge transfer conference, where she was awarded £5,000.
Her paper, ‘In pursuit of legitimacy: A history behind fair value accounting’, was published in British Accounting Review last December and won best article prize 2011 from the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) earlier this year. It was co-authored by Omiros Georgiou, of University of East Anglia.
Professor Jack said: “It was very kind of the Neil Rackham judges to award me the best paper prize.
“It is particularly gratifying to win the prize for a paper which grew out of a classroom discussion in 2006. I feel that it is a great example of research-led teaching and shows that working with graduate students in their research to a high level can achieve high class outcomes.”
Three other academics were also awarded prizes for their research.
Adam Cox, Economics, won the Neil Rackham Research Dissemination prize and was awarded £5,000 for his paper ‘Live broadcasting, gate revenue and football club performance: Some evidence’ published in the International Journal of the Economics of Business. The award was given in recognition of the wide media coverage the research gained.
Adam said: “Being a new researcher, winning a prize for one of my first published articles really shows how well the Business School has supported me. Winning this prize has opened up a number of opportunities for collaborative projects with more senior researchers at the University and international experts in this field from outside the University.”
Annika Newnham, from the School of Law, and Sami Bensassi, Economics, shared the Early Career Researcher prize and were each awarded £2,500.
Dr Newnham’s entry was a chapter in an edited collection on Regulating Family Responsibilities, titled ‘Law’s Gendered Understandings of Parents’ Responsibilities in Relation to Shared Residence’.
She said: “The origin of this work was in my DPhil research. It looked at shared parenting, which is becoming increasingly popular both in policy debates and in case law, and criticised the way the practical and emotional caring that is involved in raising children has been forgotten in the debate. It cautioned against the current use of shared residence orders to teach parents to co-operate, which I described as a triumph of hope over experience.
“Winning has meant a lot. It shows what a supportive, but not pushy, research environment such as our School of Law can achieve. I have had so much encouragement from my colleagues and I’ve been encouraged to share my research more widely through conferences and publications and believe that I have something worthwhile to contribute to the debate.
“Our family tent broke while we were camping in the New Forest just a few weeks before I won so we are using some of the prize money to buy a really nice new tent and the rest to go camping in the South west of France on a holiday we would not otherwise have been able to afford.”
Dr Benassi’s entry was for a paper published the Journal of African Economies, titled ‘Economic integration and the two margins of trade: The impact of the Barcelona Process on North African countries’ exports’.
Dr Benassi said: “The paper looks out the impact of a series of trade agreements between the European Union and the Middle East and North African Countries that have changed the rules determining the origin of a particular of product.
“The prize was a real surprise for me. It means that the line of research that I pursue is accepted and appreciated. As a young lecturer recently arrived at the Business School, it is a great feeling. It will spur me on to do even better.”