The purpose of the Sir Walter Bodmer Award is to publicly acknowledge the contributions volunteers make to the BSA and to encourage others to volunteer. Volunteers are defined as those individuals who give their time, unpaid, to advance the aims of the BSA, outside the requirements of their principal employment. The award is usually made to an individual, but may be made to a group of volunteers. Anyone is eligible to nominate him- or herself, or an individual or group of BSA volunteers.

The BSA’s volunteers primarily fall into the following categories, although this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Section members
  • Council members
  • General Committee members
  • Branch volunteers
  • Honorary Fellows

Award criteria and nomination rules

  • Nominees will be assessed based on the impact and innovation of their volunteer work for the BSA
  • Anyone may make a nomination, whether they are BSA staff, members, existing volunteers or people not associated with the BSA
  • An individual may nominate more than one person or group, including themselves (if self-nominating, you will be asked to provide details of at least one reference for support)
  • Nominations may only be made through a completed nomination form (see link below)
  • BSA staff and their family members may not be nominated

You can find the nomination form here. You will be asked to briefly describe (in 500 words or less) the nominee’s volunteer activity, its nature and its impact. 

The deadline for nominations is Monday 5th August, 5pm. 

For more information, please contact the Engagement Team: [email protected].

Please read about our recent winners:

  • 2018: Iain Murray, BSA Tayside and Fife Branch Treasurer
  • 2017: Amy Wilkins, BSA Lewes Branch Secretary 
  • 2016: Bob Foster, BSA Bristol and Bath Branch Chair
  • 2015: Pam Ash, BSA Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch founding member, Co-founder of Isle of Wight Café Scientifique