The BDA has the following prestigious Honours which it annually bestows on members and non-members.
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Fellowship of the Association was first awarded in 1979 and to date 94 Fellowships have been awarded. Fellowship is the highest honour which the Association can bestow upon a member in recognition of her or his achievements. The following criteria apply:
Nominations for Fellowship should be made to the Honorary Secretary on the nomination form below and supported by at least 5 signatures of Full Members of the Association, or by a decision of a Branch, a Specialist Group, or a Board of the Association. The individual concerned should not be approached or be made aware of the nomination.
All nominations received will be acknowledged by the Honorary Secretary. The Honorary Chairman and the Honorary Secretary will screen the nomination for completeness. If necessary the Honorary Secretary will seek clarification or amendment at this point. The formal acknowledgement to the nominators will inform them that the nominee will be notified direct if the nomination is successful.
Nominators should provide evidence to support the nomination under the following headings. The nominee will:
- have shown personal commitment and significant contributions to the profession of dietetics, representing the British Dietetic Association (BDA), over a minimum of 10 years and have been a Full Member of the BDA;
- have actively participated in the work of the Association at a UK level, e.g. as an Honorary Officer or Committee Member or Board Member or through their dietetic expertise has represented the profession at a national or international level in various ways;
- be spontaneously known (e.g. their name known or recognised across the profession);
have inspirational attributes that other members would aspire to;
- be recognised by BDA Members in their field of expertise and in their role as ambassador of the BDA/representing the BDA and profession;
- have worked to promote the highest standards in the science and practice of dietetics;
- have given outstanding service to the profession, as a leader, role model or mentor.
Access the Fellowship Nomination Form.
Access the Fellowship Guidelines
Council thanks individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession either locally or in a specific speciality. This takes the form of the Ibex, which is an honour for Professional Achievement. The following rules apply:
Nominations for the Ibex should be made to the Honorary Secretary on the standard form below. The individual concerned should not be approached or made aware of their nomination.
Nominations can be made by a Board, a Branch or Specialist Group of the Association following a formal minuted decision to do so; or by not less than 5 individual Full Members of the Association. All nominations received will be acknowledged by the Honorary Secretary. The Honorary Chairman and the Honorary Secretary will screen the nomination for completeness. If necessary the Honorary Secretary will seek clarification or amendment at this point. The formal acknowledgement to the nominators will inform them that the nominee will be notified direct if the nomination is successful.
Nominators should provide evidence to support the nomination under each of the following headings. The individual will have:
- shown personal commitment and significant contributions to the profession of dietetics over a minimum of 5 years;
- actively participated in the work of the Association at a Regional, Branch or Specialist Group level;
- worked to promote the highest standards in the science and practice of dietetics; and
- given outstanding service to the profession.
Roll of Honour
The Roll of Honour recognises and rewards many of our members who have contributed to a defined piece of work or activity in the past year. Nominations should have made a significant contribution to the piece of work such as taken leadership for the task or given considerable personal time and effort to the outcome. Nominations should have provided services beyond that which would be expected of standard member contributions to committees/working groups etc.
In addition nominations would not normally fulfil the criteria for another BDA Honour or Award such as an Ibex or Fellowship which are bestowed by Council for contributions over many years of practice.
To nominate someone please just email the Honorary Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) with details of who you wish to nominate and why. Nominations are dealt with throughout the year and can be awarded by BDA Council at any time.
Council will take the final decision on conferring all Honours (except the Roll of Honour, which is considered throughout the year) at its March meeting at the latest. The discussions will be confidential and no further correspondence will be entered into. Successful nominees will be informed by the Honorary Secretary, following which a notice will appear in Dietetics Today. Every effort will be made to present the Honours at appropriate meetings of Members of The British Dietetic Association (e.g. at a National Conference or the AGM). To ensure nominations are fully considered by the Honours Committee and by Council, please submit all nominations by 30 January at the latest.
Find out who in the profession have been the winners of these honours over the years:
- 2017 BDA Honours Winners
- 2016 BDA Honours winners
See the upcoming plans for the 2018 BDA Honours and Awards
BDA Honours Committee
The BDA Honours Committee is responsible for overseeing and managing the Honours applications for both Internal BDA Honours (Fellowship, Ibex, etc.) and National Honours.
The Committee provides expert knowledge of the profession around the UK, and provides guidance (where appropriate) on Honours applications, research and drafting of Honours nominations/citations. The Committee can assist and advise members across the UK with help creating nominations for National Honours or advising on the process.
To contact the Honours Committee please email the CEO Andy Burman email@example.com or call 0121 200 8080