BDA Honours

There are four Honours the BDA can bestow on members and non-members: Fellowship, the Ibex, the Roll of Honour and Honorary Associateship.

Coverage on the 2015 Awards is available on the BDA News Page

Fellowship

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 over a minimum of 10 years;
  • actively participated in the work of the Association at a UK level, e.g. as an Honorary Officer or Committee Member, external representative at a significant level, etc.;
  • worked to promote the highest standards in the science and practice of dietetics; and
  • given outstanding service to the profession, as a leader, role model or mentor.

Click here for the Fellowship the Fellowship Nomination Form

Ibex

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.

Click here for the Ibex Nomination Form

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 (secretary@bda.uk.com) with details of who you wish to nominate and why. Nominations are dealt with throughout the year and can be awarded by Council at any time.

Honorary Associates

Not all the people who contribute to the profession or the BDA are dietitians and the BDA recognises those who work to support the profession, with an Honorary Associateship, even though they may not be dietitians themselves.

Like Fellows and Ibex winners there are criteria. The nominee must not be a full member of the BDA or eligible to be a full member. Nominations for Honorary Associate 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 over a minimum of 10 years;
  • actively participated in the work of the Association at a UK level, e.g. promoted dietetics or dietitians as a profession, etc.;
  • worked to promote the highest standards in the science and practice of dietetics; and
  • given outstanding service to the profession, as a leader, role model or mentor.

Click here for the Honorary Associate Nomination Form

Council will take the final decision on conferring all Honours (except the Roll of Honour) at its March meeting.  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).