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The BSG Outstanding Achievement Award 2015

Professor Peter Coleman

At the BSG Annual Conference in July 2015 the Society celebrated an annual lifetime achievement award for a significant and lasting contribution to British Gerontology first received in 2007 by Professor Alan Walker. The award was given to Peter Coleman, Professor of Psychogerontology and Associate Member of the Centre for Research on Ageing at the University of Southampton.

Peter has been a long-term member of the Society since the 1970s. A psychologist by first discipline, he pioneered the development of the Post-Qualifying Course (Certificate and Masters) in Ageing, Health and Social Care for Health and Social Services professionals running from 1977- 1992 and leading to their ongoing Masters programme. In relation to research he is a national and international research expert in the field of reminiscence and life review, and spirituality & religion. He was Editor of the Journal, Ageing & Society (CUP) between 1992 and 1997, and also edited the BSG text Ageing in Society first with John Bond in 1990 and then with John and Sheila Peace for the second edition in 1993.

Peter is a thoughtful, hardworking and conscientious member of the Society whose work addresses important and under-researched aspects of quality of life for people in later life