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AQR Parker Prize 2022

The AQR Parker Prize will be presented to a person under 25 years old who works, in any role, within the research industry. We want to celebrate the brightest sparks that work in any of our sectors, including fieldwork recruitment, viewing facilities or research agencies.

It will recognise someone exceptional, a person who, quite simply, has an amazing take on our world. They'll be someone with flair, commitment and passion. They are a person who deserves to be recognised for not only doing their job well, but for doing it brilliantly.

The prize fund

The third AQR Parker Prize for Emerging Talent will be presented by Trish Parker at the AQR's AGM on July 6th, 2022. This winner of the AQR Parker Prize for Emerging Talent will receive access to a prize fund of £500.

How can the fund be used?

Ken Parker, after whom the prize is named, was passionate about helping young people develop their passions so we'd like the fund to be put towards personal development. Think conferences, courses, talks, learning a new language, developing a new skill, or trying a new experience, from semiotics to sky-diving. The fund will be held by the AQR secretariat and can be allocated to one or multiple courses or experiences (up to the value of £500) over the course of the year. If any part of the prize remains unspent, we'll ask the winner to nominate a charity to donate the funds to.

Judging the Prize

Nominations should be a collaboration between a colleague of the nominee and the nominee themselves. They can be colleagues of any level or job type. These will be reviewed by the judging panel and a maximum of six shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual session with a small group of the judges in June. Further details will be sent to the successful candidates. The judges will then meet to decide on the worthy winner.

Timetable for the 2022 Prize

Thursday 28th April 2022
Deadline for submissions

Late May 2022
Up to six candidates will be shortlisted

Wednesday 6th July 2022
Winner announced at AQR's AGM (venue TBC)

Judging Panel 2022

Ken was a champion of all aspects of our industry and it's important to the Parker Prize team that the judges represent all corners of the industry too! They'll be Trish Parker, Kat Cunningham née Parker, Elaine Francis of Criteria Fieldwork, Alan Hathaway of Discovery Research, Ben Parker of Spectrum, and the current Chair of the AQR (Chloë Fowler, The Nest Research).


The prize is generously sponsored by Criteria Fieldwork Ltd, Discovery, and Spectrum.

Critera Fieldwork Discovery Spectrum